Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 63 (4), pp. 377–427, 2017

Title: Twenty new species of fifteen genera of the Afrotropical Sphaeroceridae (Diptera)

Author: László Papp

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

Abstract: Twenty new species of fifteen genera of the Afrotropical Sphaeroceridae are described and illustrated in two subfamilies Achaetothorax mahunkaorum sp. n. (Kenya) and Norrbomia paragravis sp. n. (R.S.A.) in Copromyzinae and Ceropterella mirifica sp. n. (Namibia), Elachisoma simillimum sp. n. (R.S.A.), Gonitella inornata sp. n. (R.S.A.), Gonitella structuralis sp. n. (D.R. Congo), Minilimosina (M.) selecta sp. n. (R.S.A.), Minilimosina (Svarciella) rohaceki sp. n. (R.S.A.), Nudopella erratica sp. n. (R.S.A.), Nudopella marshalli sp. n. (R.S.A.), Nudopella pseudoperta sp. n., (R.S.A.), Paraminilimosina similis sp. n. (Tanzania, Nigeria), Parapoecilosomella formosa sp. n. (D.R. Congo), Philocoprella africana sp. n. (R.S.A.), Phthitia incognata sp. n. (R.S.A.), Phthitia (Kimosina) vulgaris sp. n. (R.S.A), Piliterga africana sp. n. (Nigeria, Tanzania), Setositibiella secunda sp. n. (Burundi), Spelobia foldvarii sp. n. (Tanzania), Terrilimosina improvisa sp. n. (Congo) in Limosininae. New records are provided for some other species. With 173 original figures.

Key words: Sphaeroceridae, Copromyzinae, Limosininae, 15 genera, 20 new species, Afrotropical region.

DOI: 10.17109/AZH.63.4.377.2017

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 63 (4), pp. 429–442, 2017

Title: New genus and species of the tribe Parahiraciini (Hemiptera, Fulgoroidea, Issidae) from the Philippines and Vietnam

Author: Vladimir M. Gnezdilov

Author's address: Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya nab. 1, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia; E-mail:

Abstract: Nisoprincessa gen. n. is described for Nisoprincessa palawana sp. n. from Palawan Island of the Philippines. This represents the first record of the tribe Parahiraciini in the Philippines. Nisoprincessa palawana sp. n. is treated as two subspecies according to the length of metopial proboscis – N. palawana palawana ssp. n. and N. palawana bacuita ssp. n. Furthermore, Brevicopius gorochovi sp. n. is described from Vietnam which is the first record of the genus Brevicopius Meng, Qin et Wang, 2015 in the country.

Key words: Parahiraciini, Brevicopius, Thabenula, morphology, taxonomy, Palawan, Central Vietnam.

DOI: 10.17109/AZH.63.4.429.2017

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 63 (4), pp. 443–457, 2017

Title: Structure of ant assemblages in planted poplar (Populus alba) forests and the effect of the Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Authors: Anna Ágnes Somogyi1,2, Gábor Lőrinczi2, Judit Kovács2 and István Elek Maák2,3

Authors' addresses: 1MTA–DE “Lendület” Behavioural Ecology Research Group, Department of Evolutionary Zoology, University of Debrecen, H-4032 Debrecen, Egyetem tér 1, Hungary; E-mail:
2Department of Ecology, University of Szeged, H-6726 Szeged, Közép fasor 52, Hungary; E-mail:
3Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wilcza street 64, Warsaw, Poland; E-mail:

Abstract: Besides changes in vegetation during succession, the regular disturbance can be also responsible for the alteration of arthropod assemblages in planted forests, especially when the disturbance allows the establishment of non-native plant species. In our study, we investigated the structure of ant assemblages in plantations of different aged poplar forests (Populus alba) infested with the invasive common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). Our results showed that the dispersion pattern of colonies was mostly regular with higher interspecific neighbour distances in the younger forests and higher intraspecific neighbour distances in the older forests. In the younger forests, most colonies nested in milkweed stems, while in the older forests colonies used more types of nesting sites and were mostly found in the soil and litter. These findings suggest that depending on whether suitable sites for nesting are limited or not, the importance of intra- and interspecific competition may vary among the different aged forests. The high abundances of milkweed thus can lead to the significant alteration of local ant assemblages, especially in the earlier successional stages of the forests.

Key words: dispersion pattern, inter-nest distances, invasive species, plantation, succession.

DOI: 10.17109/AZH.63.4.443.2017

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