Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 64 (3), pp. 193–215, 2018

Title: Research on the biology of terrestrial isopods: A historical survey

Author: Helmut Schmalfuss

Author's address: Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, Rosenstein 1, 70191 Stuttgart, Germany; E-mail:

Abstract: Even if we have written testimony that the ancient Greek intellectuals were already aware of the existence of woodlice, the history of scientific research on this group of animals starts 2000 years later. Beginning with Linnaeus, this survey portrays the more important researchers in this field, trying to outline the development from descriptive taxonomy into a broad field of biological science. Today isopodological research includes studies on ecology, behavior, nutritional biology, anatomy, functional morphology, neurology, physiology, biogeography, systematics, and phylogenetic analyses based on morphological and molecular data.

Key words: terrestrial isopods, biology, history.

DOI: 10.17109/AZH.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 64 (3), pp. 217–225, 2018

Title: A new species of Phlebiaporus (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae: Telenominae) from India, with first description of the male of the genus

Authors: Veenakumari Kamalanathan* and Prashanth Mohanraj

Authors' address: National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, P.B. No. 2491, Hebbal, Bengaluru, 560024 India; *E-mail:

Abstract: A new species of Phlebiaporus Kozlov is described and illustrated. The previously unknown male of the genus is also described. This genus is reported for the first time from the Oriental region and redescribed with additional characters.

Key words: Platygastroidea, Oriental, Palaearctic, Phlebiaporus dichrous.

DOI: 10.17109/AZH.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 64 (3), pp. 227–242, 2018

Title: Description of three new Bisetocreagris species (Pseudoscorpiones: Neobisiidae) from Southern China

Authors: Xiangbo Guo1, Weitong Wang1 and Feng Zhang2

Authors' addresses: 1The Key Laboratory of Invertebrate Systematics and Application, College of Life Sciences Hebei University, Baoding, Hebei 071002, P. R. China; E-mails:,
2The Museum of Hebei University, Baoding, Hebei 071002, P. R. China. E-mail: Corresponding author

Abstract: Three new Bisetocreagris species are described from southern China: Bisetocreagris shunhuangensis sp. n. from Hunan Province, B. wangi sp. n. and B. gaoi sp. n. from Guizhou Province. Detailed diagnoses, descriptions and illustrations of the three new species are presented.

Key words: taxonomy, pseudoscorpion, Bisetocreagris, new species.

DOI: 10.17109/AZH.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 64 (3), pp. 243–257, 2018

Title: Genetic structure confirms female-biased natal dispersal in the White-tailed Eagle population of the Carpathian Basin

Authors: Edina Nemesházi1,2, Krisztián Szabó1, Zoltán Horváth3, Szilvia Kövér1

Authors' addresses: 1Department of Ecology, University of Veterinary Medicine, H-1077 Budapest, Rottenbiller u. 50, Hungary; E-mails:,
2Lendület Evolutionary Ecology Research Group, Plant Protection Institute, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, H-1022 Budapest, Herman Ottó út 15, Hungary; E-mail:; corresponding author
3Danube-Dráva National Park Directorate, H-7625 Pécs, Tettye tér 9, Hungary; E-mail:

Abstract: Individuals can avoid inbreeding or competition with kin via long-distance natal dispersal. On the other hand, staying close to the well-known natal area may be a safer choice with respect to recruiting opportunities, reproductive success and the individual’s survival probability as well. Natal dispersal strategy often differs between sexes, being generally female-biased in birds. We explored if the Carpathian Basin White-tailed Eagle population shows fine scale genetic structure and if it does, what is the extent of philopatry in the two sexes. We furthermore investigated sex bias in natal dispersal distance inferred from spatial distributions of genetically close relative breeding females and males. Spatial autocorrelation analyses failed to find fine-scale genetic structure, despite the species being known to be philopatric. Pairwise breeding distances of close relatives showed female bias according to Wilcoxon rank sum test. The median distance of two close relative females was 136 km, while it was only 38 km in males. Since White-tailed Eagles are known to be faithful to their breeding territory, we assumed that the breeding distance between an individual and its parents refers to the individual’s natal dispersal distance. Due to the same reason, the breeding distance of two siblings should also be related to their individual dispersal distances from their shared natal area. Therefore, we argue that the difference we found between sexes in pairwise breeding distances of close relatives stands for a female-biased natal dispersal. This bias may be a consequence of the species’ breeding strategy, and it decreases the inbreeding probability as well.

Key words: Haliaeetus albicilla, raptor, natal dispersal, genetic relatedness, Carpathian Basin.

DOI: 10.17109/AZH.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 64 (3), pp. 259–276, 2018

Title: Patterns of craniometric variability of six common species of shrews (Soricidae: Crocidura, Neomys, Sorex)

Authors: Sirma Asenova Zidarova* and Vasil Vulkov Popov

Authors' address: Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1, Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria; *E-mail:

Abstract: The morphometric variability of the skull and the lower jaw of 6 species of shrews (Crocidura suaveolens s. l., C. leucodon, Neomys anomalus, N. fodiens, Sorex minutus, and S. araneus) from Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and Austria was analyzed. The results from the PCA and the unsupervised model-based clustering showed that morphological geographic intraspecific variation was clearly expressed in Crocidura suaveolens and C. leucodon, poorly pronounced in Neomys anomalus and N. fodiens, and almost missing in Sorex minutus and S. araneus. Our data provide a morphological confirmation of the recent molecular data, which indicate a division of both Crocidura species to western and eastern lineages. The geographical location of their boundaries was discussed.

Key words: morphometrics, geographic variation, Crocidura, Neomys, Sorex.

DOI: 10.17109/AZH.

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