Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 64 (2), pp. 113–132, 2018

Title: Niphargus sarii sp. n., a new subterranean niphargid (Crustacea: Amphipoda) from Iran based on molecular and morphological characters

Authors: Esmaeili-Rineh, S., Mohammad-Niakan, A. and Akmali, V.*

Authors' address: Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran; *E-mail:

Abstract: Niphargus sarii sp. n. was collected from Jo-Khanem Spring in Ilam Province. This species hypothesis is based on the analysis of morphological characters and 28S ribosomal DNA sequences. In this paper, we describe the morphological traits of this new species. Then, its taxonomic status within the genus is discussed in comparison to the 15 known Iranian species. Results revealed that N. sarii sp. n. is phylogenetically close to N. sohrevardensis. This species is easily distinguished from other Iranian species by some characters, in particular the equal length of rami in uropod I, lack of lateral robust setae on telson and the situation of dactylus to posterior margin of propodus in gnathopod II.

Key words: Niphargus, Jo-Khanem Spring, Zagros Mountains, 28SrDNA, morphological characters, Iran.

DOI: 10.17109/AZH.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 64 (2), pp. 133–141, 2018

Title: Anthocoris golestanicus sp. n. (Hemiptera, Heteroptera, Anthocoridae) a new species from Iran

Authors: Pierre Moulet1, Hassan Ghahari2 and Hadi Ostovan3

Authors' addresses: 1Museum Requien, 67 rue Joseph Vernet, F-84000 Avignon, France; E-mail:
2Department of Plant Protection, Yadegar-e-Imam Khomeini (RAH) Shahre Rey Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran; E-mail: Corresponding author
3Department of Entomology, Shiraz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shiraz, Iran; E-mail:

Abstract: Anthocoris golestanicus sp. n. (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Anthocoridae) is described from Golestan province (northern Iran). The species was collected on Rubus hyrcanus (Linnaeus) (Rosaceae) as the predator of Aphis idaei van der Goot, 1912 (Hemiptera: Aphididae) and Aleurocanthus zizyphi Priesner et Hosny, 1934 (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae). Updated list of Iranian Anthocoris is given. With this new species, the total number of Iranian Anthocoris reaches to 16 species.

Key words: Anthocoris golestanicus sp. n., description, distribution, identification key, illustration.

DOI: 10.17109/AZH.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 64 (2), pp. 143–160, 2018

Title: A revision of the Chytonix perssoni Berio, 1973 species complex (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae, Condicinae) with an annotated list of Eurasiatic taxa

Authors: Sándor Tibor Kovács1 and László Ronkay2

Authors' addresses: 1H-6724 Szeged, Kossuth Lajos sgrt 43, Hungary; E-mail:
2Department of Zoology, Hungarian Natural History Museum, H-1088 Budapest, Baross u. 13, Hungary;

Abstract: The Chytonix perssoni species-complex is revised, the two main lineages are characterised and three new species, C. nemperssoni, C. viridifusa, and C. tobiasmalmi spp. n. are described. 29 figures illustrate the imagoes and male and female genitalia. An annotated list of the Eurasiatic taxa is provided.

Key words: Noctuidae, Condicinae, Chytonix, new species, annotated list of Eurasiatic species.

DOI: 10.17109/AZH.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 64 (2), pp. 161–184, 2018

Title: Filling the limpet gap: molecular characterization of the genus Patella (Patellidae, Gastropoda) in the Algerian coasts of Oran

Authors: Mohammed Mustapha Kallouche1, Iván Acevedo2, Mohcen Ghalek1, Djilali Bouras1 and Annie Machordom2

Authors' addresses: 1Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Oran 1, Ahmed Ben Bella, El Mnaouar Box 1524, Oran, Algeria; E-mails:;;
2Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN-CSIC), José Gutiérrez Abascal 2, 28006, Madrid, Spain; E-mails:;

Abstract: Several molecular studies have been conducted on northeastern Atlantic and Mediterranean patellid limpets, but Algerian specimens have never been included in these studies. This work intends to fill this gap and characterize populations of different Patella species inhabiting the Algerian coasts of Oran, clarifying the presence of Patella ferruginea that is considered as endangered. Moreover, comparison of their intraspecific variation with that of other areas might enlighten about populations connectivity and the conservation status of the analysed species. The molecular analyses performed on the samples from Oran’s coasts, confirmed the presence of Patella ferruginea, P. rustica and P. caerulea, all of which shared haplotypes with other Mediterranean localities previously analysed. The intraspecific differentiation was limited, with the exception of P. rustica, which showed the greatest diversity, while P. ferruginea, the most endangered species, showed the lowest.

Key words: population diversity, invertebrates, biodiversity, genetics, endangered species.

DOI: 10.17109/AZH.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 64 (2), pp. 185–192, 2018

Title: Do Siberian Flying Squirrels reuse nest materials made by other individuals?

Authors: Tatsuo Oshida*, Aika Komoto, Minori Shibatani, Yuta Yoshikawa and Daisuke Sato

Authors' address: Laboratory of Wildlife Biology, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Inada, Obihiro 080-8555, Japan; *E-mail address:

Abstract: Arboreal small mammals nesting in tree hollows usually line nests with materials such as leaves and shredded bark. Pteromys volans orii (Siberian flying squirrel), an endemic subspecies to Hokkaido, Japan, uses shredded bark. Since their nest materials have a very consistent shape, we suspect the squirrels use much effort to collect and shred the bark. To save effort, they may reuse nest materials made by other individuals. To test this, we mixed artificial nest materials (coloured cotton strings) into nest materials and observed the transfer of strings among nests. Of 39 nest boxes seeded with coloured cotton strings, number of strings decreased in 25 boxes (64.10%). Strings from 12 boxes were moved to other boxes. In addition, we found that P. volans orii possibly reused nest materials prepared by other individuals. Both nests and nest materials may be important re-useable resources for P. volans orii.

Key words: Japan, nest box, Pteromys volans orii, reusable resource, shredded bark.

DOI: 10.17109/AZH.

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