Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 60(3), pp. 199–206, 2014

Title: Encentrum essexis sp. n. (Monogononta: Dicranophoridae), a new rotifer inhabiting stream benthos from East England

Authors: Willem H. De Smet1 and Jenny M. Schmid-Araya2

Authors' addresses: 1Department of Biology, Ecobe, University of Antwerp: Campus Drie Eiken, Universiteitsplein 1, B-2610 Wilrijk, Belgium; E-mail:
2School of Applied Sciences, Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow Poole, Dorset BH12 5BB, U.K.; E-mail:

Abstract: A new species of Rotifera belonging to the genus Encentrum (Monogononta, Dicranophoridae) is described from benthos of the Blackwater River, East Anglia, Essex, England, UK. Encentrum essexis sp. n. is characterised by the in dorsal view more or less conical toes having three elongate drop-shaped, light-refracting bodies leading to the tip of the toe. Trophi of Isoencentrum-type; outline of rami hexagonal; intramallei extended towards trophi axis into long spiniform process; inner margin of basal rami chambers with short tooth.

Key words: Rotifera, taxonomy, Dicranophoridae, Encentrum, new species, stream benthos.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 60(3), pp. 207–215, 2014

Title: A new species of the spider genus Clubiona from China, with description of the male of Clubiona qiyunensis (Araneae: Clubionidae)

Authors: Panlong Wu and Feng Zhang*

Authors' address: The Key Laboratory of Invertebrate Systematics and Application, College of Life Sciences, Hebei University, Baoding, Hebei 071002, P. R. China, *Corresponding author. E-mail:

Abstract: The present paper reports on two Clubiona species from China, C. calycina sp. n. and C. qiyunensis Xu, Yang et Song, 2003, belonging to the japonica-group and the corticalis-group, respectively. The male of C. qiyunensis is described here for the first time.

Key words: spiders, taxonomy, Clubionidae, Clubiona.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 60(3), pp. 217–225, 2014

Title: First report of the family Lechytiidae (Arachnida: Pseudoscorpiones) from China, with the description of a new species

Authors: Fubin Zhang and Feng Zhang*

Authors' address: The Key Laboratory of Invertebrate Systematics and Application College of Life Sciences, Hebei University, Baoding, Hebei 071002, P. R. China. *Corresponding author. E-mail:

Abstract: The family Lechytiidae is here reported from China for the first time. A new species of the genus Lechytia from Yunnan Province is described and illustrated under the name Lechytia yulongensis sp. n.

Key words: pseudoscorpion, taxonomy, Lechytia.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 60(3), pp. 227–238, 2014

Title: New and little known scale insect species (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) in Turkey

Authors: Mehmet Bora Kaydan1, †Ferenc Kozár2 and Lerzan Erkiliç3

Authors' addresses: 1Çukurova Üniversity, Imamoglu Vocational School, Adana, Turkey; E-mail:
2Plant Protection Institute, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
3Biological Agriculture Con and Eng. Co., Adana, Turkey; E-mail:

Abstract: Scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccoidea) are notorious pests, especially of perennial plants. They are serious pests of fruit and nut trees, ornamental shade trees and shrubs, forest trees, greenhouse and indoor plantings. In the present study, new data are given for 13 species of scale insects from Turkey as follows: Coccidae (1 sp.), Cerococcidae (1 sp.), Diaspididae (2 spp.), Pseudococcidae (8 spp.) and Rhizoecidae (1 sp.). Chorizococcus malabadiensis Kaydan sp. n. is described and illustrated as a new species and 8 species are recorded for the first time from Turkey.

Key words: Pseudococcidae, Cerococcidae, Coccoidea, scale insects, Turkey.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 60(3), pp. 239–245, 2014

Title: Food preference of Chrysolina fastuosa adults (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)

Author: András Bozsik

Author's address: University of Debrecen, Centre of Agricultural and Applied Economic Sciences Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Environmental Management, Institute of Crop Protection, Debrecen, Hungary; E-mail:

Abstract: Chrysolina fastuosa (Scopoli, 1763) is a widely distributed chrysomelid beetle in Europe. According to the literature C. fastuosa has been found in association with Lamiaceae plants such as Ballota nigra L., Galeopsis pubescens Besser, Lamium album L. and Urtica dioica L. (Urticaceae). Host plants have been referred often merely on plant genus level and many authors listed host plants for C. fastuosa which taxonomically differed significantly from one another. In spite of many references which mention consumption and/or association of C. fastuosa on stinging nettle, the author has almost never observed the beetle on Urtica species. This paper presents results of two laboratory experiments showing feeding preference of C. fastuosa adults concerning some Lamiaceae (B. nigra, Lamium purpureum L. and Lamium amplexicaule L.) but not on U. dioica. B. nigra seems to be one of the most preferable host plant species under natural and experimental conditions.

Key words: Chrysolina fastuosa, feeding, preference, Lamiaceae, Urtica dioica.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 60(3), pp. 247–256, 2014

Title: The effect of laboratory colony condition on the trophallactic interactions of Camponotus vagus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Authors: Orsolya Kanizsai*, István Maák and Gábor Lőrinczi

Authors' address: Department of Ecology, University of Szeged, 52 Közép fasor, H-6726 Szeged, Hungary. *Corresponding author. E-mail:

Abstract: In this study, our aim was to give a detailed evaluation of the trophallactic interactions among foragers of Camponotus vagus in outside-nest situation, and to find out which properties of trophallaxis may have a role in the information-flow among workers about current nutritional state of the colony. Measured parameters were the number and frequency of trophallactic interactions, the duration of trophallaxes, the frequency of different duration interactions, and the number and size-class of workers participating in trophallactic events outside the nest. Experiments were conducted both with starved and satiated colonies to examine the effect of feeding condition. We demonstrated that the dynamics of trophallaxis is a stable parameter; it was independent from the starvation level. Similarly, the number of partners and the size class distribution of the different sized worker pairs did not differ between the two colony states. Starvation level influenced both the frequency and mean duration of trophallactic interactions. The frequency-distribution of the duration of trophallactic events showed an exponential trend, i.e., the short term interactions were more frequent than the prolonged ones in both colony states. However, the rate of these two distinguished types of trophallaxis was different in the case of the two colony conditions. Different rates of the short term and prolonged interactions may provide information about the current nutritional requirements of the colony, enhancing the speed and efficiency of colony responses to feeding stress. Frequent short term trophallaxis may not only contribute to a high level of cooperation during retrieval of food among foragers, but also maintain the integration of colony members even outside their nest.

Key words: cooperation, feeding stress, food-sharing, foragers, information-flow.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 60(3), pp. 257–270, 2014

Title: Role of cave features for aquatic troglobiont fauna occurrence: effects on “accidentals” and troglomorphic organisms distribution

Author: Raoul Manenti

Author's address: Dipartimento di Bioscienze, Universita degli Studi di Milano Via Celoria, 26 – 20133 Milano Italy; E-mail:

Abstract: Subterranean aquatic habitats may be of particular interest from the zoological point of view. Most of the studies dealing with aquatic troglobiont fauna focus on troglobionts, such as organisms spending their entire life cycle in caves. Few studies are dedicated to non obligate cave dwellers whose occurrence is usually considered as accidental or random. The focus of this paper is on identifying the role played by cave features in the occurrence of aquatic troglobiont fauna and assessing the relationship between species with and without troglomorphic features and their cave habitat requirements. Organisms’ occurrence and environmental features were assessed during a repeated survey of all the caves occurring in a karstic valley of north-western Italy. We surveyed 39 natural caves from March to December 2013 sampling the waterbodies inside them for fire salamander larvae and invertebrates occurrence. 11 aquatic taxa were recorded during this study including 2 aquatic troglobiont species, Niphargus ambulator Karaman, 1975 and Dendrocoelum sp. n. All the taxa did not occur randomly. Aquatic troglobionts preferred deep and dark caves while other non obligate cave dweller occurred in shallower and brighter caves. The most important variables assessing distribution within caves were distance from the entrance and the temperature variation range of the pools. The occurrence of troglomorphic organisms was positively affected by pool distance from the cave entrance and pool area.

Key words: freshwater spring, Dendrocoelum, Salamandra, underground.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 60(3), pp. 271–279, 2014

Title: Interrelations between mandibular parameters, age and carcass in female fallow deer (Dama dama)

Authors: Grzegorz Górecki1, Marcin Komosa2, Jacek Skubis1, Mikołaj Jakubowski1, Maciej Skorupski1*, Sonia Napruszewska1 and Hubert Bonik1

Authors' addresses: 1Department of Game Management and Forest Protection, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Wojska Polskiego 71d, 60-625 Poznan, Poland
2Department of Animal Anatomy, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Wojska Polskiego 71c, 60-625 Poznan, Poland, *E-mail:

Abstract: The study material included 152 mandibles of female fallow deer aged 3 to 12. Each mandible was characterized by 15 measurements. Based on the Principal Components Analysis it was concluded that the size and dimensional constitution of the mandible change with age. The following parameters are subjected to most significant changes: total length, middle height of the ramus. Additionally, the method indicated that there is a moderate interdependency between the mandibular parameters and an eviscerated carcass mass. Pearson’s correlation coefficient allowed for determining moderate correlations between the carcass mass, mandible total length, breadth of the third molar and middle height of the ramus.

Key words: Cervidae, age, eviscerated carcass weight, bone.

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