Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 58 (2), pp. 105–120, 2012

Title: Deepor Beel – A RAMSAR site of India: An interesting hot-spot with its rich Rotifera biodiversity

Authors: Sharma, B. K. and Sharma, S.

Authors' address: Freshwater Biology Laboratory, Department of Zoology, North-Eastern Hill University, Permanent Campus, Shillong–793022, Meghalaya, India, E-mails:,

Abstract: This study analyzed biodiversity of planktonic Rotifera of Deepor Beel, a Ramsar site of India and an important floodplain lake of the Brahmaputra river basin of northeast India. Our report of total 154 species, belonging to 38 genera and 20 families, from this wetland is one of the richest ever known for Phylum Rotifera and hypothesized environmental heterogeneity of this biodiversity "hot-spot". Three species are new to India, one species is new to northeast India and 20 species are new records from Deepor Beel. Our collections are characterized by occurrence of eleven biogeographically interesting elements namely the Australasian Brachionus dichotomus reductus and Notommata spinata; the Oriental Brachionus donneri, Keratella edmondsoni, Lecane blachei and Filinia camasecla; and the paleotropical Lepadella discoidea, Lecane lateralis, L. unguitata, Testudinella greeni and T. brevicaudata. A number of species showed regional distributional importance in the Indian sub-continent. The Rotifera taxocoenosis of this Ramsar site is characterized by "tropical character", richness of the littoral-periphytonic species, occurrence of many small-sized taxa and qualitative importance of Lecanidae > Brachionidae > Lepadellidae > Trichocercidae while Lecane > Lepadella > Brachionus > Trichocerca are species-rich genera.

Key words: Rotifera, composition, distribution, interesting species, tropical floodplain lake

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 58 (2), pp. 121–143, 2012

Title: Five new Afrotropical species of Opacifrons (Diptera: Sphaeroceridae)

Author: Papp, L.

Author's address: H-1182 Budapest, Beremend u. 43, Hungary, E-mail:

Abstract: The genus Opacifrons Duda, 1918 is re-defined and five new species are described from the Afrotropical region. They are O. afrobrevisecunda sp. n. (Ghana, Congo), O. compacta sp. n. (Ethiopia), O. dilatata sp. n. (Republic of South Africa – RSA), O. serrata sp. n. (Ethiopia) and O. subserrata sp. n. (RSA). Opacifrons coxata (Stenhammar) does not occur in the Afrotropical region. The status of Opacifrons rubrifrons (Vanschuytbroeck, 1950) is corroborated. The existence of at least another two new Afrotropical species of Opacifrons is indicated. Opacifrons ghesquierei Vanschuytbroeck, 1951 is a junior synonym of Bifronsina bifrons (Stenhammar, 1855). With 55 original drawings and 2 photographs.

Key words: Sphaeroceridae, Limosininae, Opacifrons, new species, taxonomy, Afrotropical region

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 58 (2), pp. 145–161, 2012

Title: Taxonomic review of Euphydryas maturna (Linnaeus, 1758) (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae) with description of a new subspecies from Dobrogea (Romania) and notes on conservation biology

Authors: Rákosy, L.1, Pecsenye, K.2, Mihali, C.1, Tóth, A.2 and Varga, Z.2

Authors' addresses: 1Department of Taxonomy and Ecology, Babes-Bolyai University, RO-3400, Str. Clinicilor 5–7, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, E-mail:
2Department of Evolutionary Zoology, University of Debrecen, H-4010 Debrecen, Egyetem tér 1. Hungary, E-mail:

Abstract: Taxonomy, geographical range and subspecific subdivision of Euphydryas maturna are considered. The isolated population from Dobrogea is described as E. maturna opulenta ssp. n. based on external and genital characters. The separation is also supported by the significant genetic differentiation based on 17 allozyme loci. The Dobrogea population was shown to be highly differentiated from the nearby populations in the Carpathian Basin. This population may therefore be an relict population and possibly also an evolutionarily significant unit. Its conservation is of high concern as are many other butterfly species inhabiting sparse deciduous forests. With 2 tables and 18 figures.

Key words: Melitaeini taxonomy, biogeography, Euphydryas maturna subspecies, genital characters, conservation biology

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 58 (2), pp. 163–168, 2012

Title: A new Diadochia Püngeler, 1914 species from Iran (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae, Xyleninae)

Authors: Kazemi, E.1,2, Shirvani, A.1, Ronkay, L.3 and Asadi, M.1

Authors' addresses: 1Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman 76169–133 Kerman, Iran, E-mail:
2Young Researchers Society, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Iran
3Department of Zoology, Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest, Hungary, E-mail:

Abstract: A new species of the genus Diadochia Püngeler, 1914, Diadochia sacimima sp. n. from Iran is described. The genus and its two species, D. sacimima and D. stigmatica are first reported for the fauna of Iran. The adults and the male genitalia of both species are illustrated.

Key words: Xyleninae, Diadochia, Scythocentropus, new species, Iran

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 58 (2), pp. 169–176, 2012

Title: A new species of the genus Abalakeus (Acari, Erythraeidae) from Iran

Authors: Ahmadi, S.1, Hajiqanbar, H.1 and Saboori, A.2

Authors' addresses: 1Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, Tarbiat Modares University, 14115–336, Tehran, Iran, E-mails:,
2Department of Plant Protection, College of Agriculture, University of Tehran, Karaj, Iran, E-mail:

Abstract: Abalakeus gonabadensis sp. n. (Acari: Erythraeidae), a new mite species is described and illustrated on the basis of larval characteristics. Immature mites were found externally attached on the two host species Aphis craccivora (Hemiptera: Aphididae) and Dociostaurus cf. tartarus (Orthoptera: Acrididae). Samples were collected in Gonabad city, Khorasan Razavi province, Northeastern Iran. A key to world larval species of the genus is provided.

Key words: Trombidiformes, Parasitengonina, mite, Aphididae, Acrididae

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 58 (2), pp. 177–192, 2012

Title: New Uropodina species and records from Malaysia (Acari: Mesostigmata)

Authors: Kontschán, J.1 and Stary, J.2

Authors' addresses: 1Systematic Zoology Research Group, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Zoology, Hungarian Natural History Museum, H-1088 Budapest, Baross u. 13. Hungary, E-mail:
2Institute of Soil Biology, Na sádkách 7370 05 Ceské Budejovice Czech Republic, E-mail:

Abstract: Seven Uropodina species were listed from Malaysian soil samples deposited in the Institute of Soil Biology of the Three of them are already known species (Deraiophorus mirabilis Kontschán, 2010, Depressorotunda (Depressorotunda) malaya Kontschán, 2010, Uroobovella serangensis Hiramatsu, 1980). Four species (Cyllibula ovalis sp. n.; Uropoda gigantea sp. n.; Phymatodiscus malayicus sp. n. and Depressorotunda (Depressorotunda) batuensis sp. n.) are new to science. Original drawings and description of new species are given. An additional key to the species of the subgenus Depressorotunda (Depressorotunda) is presented.

Key words: Acari, Uropodina, new records, new species, Malaysia

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 58 (2), pp. 193–197, 2012

Title: Bithynia danubialis, a new species from the Bulgarian Danube (Gastropoda: Rissooidea: Bithyniidae)

Authors: Glöer, P.1 and Georgiev, D. G.2

Authors' addresses: 1Biodiversity Research Laboratory, Schulstrasse 3, D-25491 Hetlingen, Germany, E-mail:
2Department of Ecology and Environmental Conservation, University of Plovdiv, Tzar Assen Str. 24, BG-4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria, E-mail:

Abstract: From Bulgaria only Bithynia tentaculata and B. leachii are known (Angelov 2000). New samples of Bithynia species from the Bulgarian part of the Danube revealed a new species, B. danubialis. It has been compared with the Bithynia species of the surrounding countries. Because the southernmost records of B. leachii are known from Hungary we suppose that the findings, mentioned by Angelov (2000), are possibly distinct from B. leachii.

Key words: freshwater snails, new description, Bithynia, Danube, Bulgaria

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 58 (2), pp. 199–209, 2012

Title: Acoustic discrimination of Pipistrellus kuhlii and Pipistrellus nathusii (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) and its application to assess changes in species distribution

Authors: Zsebõk, S.1,2, Estók, P.3,4 and Görföl, T.5,6

Authors' addresses: 1MTA–ELTE–MTM Ecology Research Group, H-1083 Budapest, Ludovika tér 2, Hungary, E-mail:
2Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Sensory Ecology Group, D-82319 Seewiesen, Eberhard-Gwinner-Strasse, Germany
3Bükk Mammalogical Society, H-3300 Eger, Maklári út 77/A, Hungary
4Eszterházy Károly College, H-3300 Eger, Eszterházy tér 1, Hungary
5Institute for Biology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Szent István University, H-1077 Budapest, Rottenbiller u. 50, Hungary
6Nature Conservation Foundation of Tolna County, H-7100 Szekszárd, Szent István tér 10, Hungary

Abstract: A rapid range expansion of Pipistrellus kuhlii (Kuhl, 1817) can be observed throughout Europe based on new records gathered in the last two decades. Data of new occurrences were obtained by different methods (mist netting, dead specimens, checking buildings for roosts, etc.), providing only a rough picture about the exact pattern of the expansion. The aim of this study was to show an effective acoustic method that can be used for quantifying the differences in the occurrence of Pipistrellus kuhlii in two given areas or within the same area at different times. Therefore this method can be used to investigate the process of area expansion in this species. The large overlap in the echolocation call parameters of Pipistrellus kuhlii and Pipistrellus nathusii (Keyserling & Blasius, 1839) made it necessary to create a sound library from the calls of the two species. Discriminant function analysis (DFA) was used to classify the calls with 81.5% accuracy. We visited and acoustically surveyed 71 settlements in the summer of 2008. Based on our results, Pipistrellus kuhlii is a widespread species in the settlements of the southern part of Hungary, while in the northern part it is quite rare.

Key words: climate change, area expansion, acoustic monitoring, species identification

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