Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 47 (4), pp. 269–284, 2001

Title: Factor(s) influencing meiofauna and nematodes of the submerged eulittoral zone of Lake Sakadas (Nature Reserve Kopacki Rit, Croatia)

Authors: Vidakovic, J., Bogut, I. and B. Zivanovic

Authors' address: University J. J. Strossmayer, Faculty of Education, Department of Biology, L. Jägera 9, 31000 Osijek, Croatia, E-mail:

Abstract: Benthic fauna samples were taken from a sandy submerged eulittoral site at Lake Sakadas, Kopacki rit (Croatia) from November 1997 to December 1998. The meiofauna and freshwater nematode abundance pattern and diversity were analysed with regard to water-level fluctuations and seasonal temperature changes. Meiofauna abundance and diversity showed temporal variations. The nematode relative abundance varied from 4% up to 90% of total meiofauna abundance, although totally absent in August. In total, 26 nematode species were recorded. The composition of nematode species depends on water-level fluctuation. Water levels above 200 cm drasticaly changed the composition of species. Brevitobrilus stefanskii, Tobrilus gracilis and Mononchus aquaticus chewers were the dominant species during the low and the middle water level, and suction feeders were dominant during the high water-level. Temperature and water-level fluctuations determined the diversity and abundance of the benthic fauna in the submerged eulittoral zone of Lake Sakadas.

Abstract: Key words: eulittoral, meiofauna, nematode, water-level fluctuation

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 47 (4), pp. 285–299, 2001

Title: On the leguminous host plants of seed predator weevils (Coleoptera: Apionidae, Curculionidae) in Hungary

Authors: Podlussány, A., Jermy, T.* and Á. Szentesi+

Authors' addresses: Hungarian Natural History Museum, H-1431 Budapest, P.O.Box 137, Hungary
*Plant Protection Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, H-1525 Budapest, P.O.Box 102, Hungary, E-mail:
+Loránd Eötvös University, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Systematic Zoology & Ecology, H-1518 Budapest, Hungary, P.O.Box 120, E-mail:

Abstract: Fruit bearing shoots of 139 leguminous species (cca 86% of known species of Leguminosae in Hungary) were collected at 148 sites all over the country since 1978. Only 54 species (38.8%) were found to host altogether 43 weevil species. The rearing method largely reduced the probability of getting adult weevils that may have used a plant only as an adult food source or only as refuge. This strongly increased the reliability of the host plant data obtained. The host plant range showed great differences within and between weevil genera. From the 54 plant species found as hosts, 29 and 11 (altogether 74.1%) harboured only one and two weevil species, respectively. The resource exploitation rate turned out very low at the plant species level.

Key words: Apionini, Tychiini, Leguminosae, specialisation, resource use

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 47 (4), pp. 301–310, 2001

Title: A description of the song of Pholidoptera transsylvanica (Fischer-Waldheim, 1853) (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae)

Authors: K. M. Orci

Author's address: Animal Ecology Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Hungarian Natural History Museum
H-1083 Budapest, Ludovika tér 2, Hungary, e-mail:

Abstract: The song of Pholidoptera transsylvanica, a (sub-)endemic bush-cricket of the Carpathian Basin, is described for the first time. The songs of 9 specimens from Hungary and Transylvania (Romania) have been analysed. The stridulatory file was 3.9–4.3 mm long and contained 106–121 stridulatory pegs (a scanning electron microscopic photo of the stridulatory file is presented). Oscillographic analysis showed that the song is composed of regularly or sporadically repeated trisyllabic echemes. The duration of echemes was temperature dependent (r = – 0.9881, p<0.001) D = – 13.39 * T + 456.69 [where D is the duration of echeme in ms and T is the ambient air temperature in °C between 21 and 28 °C]. Echeme-repetition rate varied widely (23–133 echemes per minute at 26–28 °C). The relationship between the song of Ph. transsylvanica and that of the other species of Pholidoptera occurring in the Carpathian Basin is discussed.

Key words: Pholidoptera transsylvanica, song, oscillogram, stridulatory file

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 47 (4), pp. 311–320, 2002

Title: Effect of habitat quality on the hunting behaviour of breeding Great Grey Shrikes (Lanius excubitor)

Authors: Fuisz, T. I. and R. Yosef*

Authors' addresses: Animal Ecology Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Hungarian Natural History Museum, H-1083 Budapest, Ludovika tér 2, Hungary,
*International Birding and Research Center in Eilat, P. O. Box 774, Eilat 88000, Israel, E-mail:

Abstract: Hunting behaviour and use of different habitat types of a breeding Great Grey Shrike family was observed in a recycled landfill near Eilat, Israel. As Great Grey Shrikes were not observed to breed in the Eilat area for more than a decade, detailed observations of hunting site selection were conducted. Additionally, arthropod abundance and impaled prey items were monitored. The breeding pair established its territory on the boundary of the "Bird Sanctuary", a former recycled landfill, where irrigation has facilitated the growth of dense vegetation inside the park boundary, while outside of it the sparse vegetation characteristic of semideserts is found. Huntings were categorised as either inside or outside of the Bird Sanctuary. White-water traps were applied to measure insect availability inside and outside the Bird Sanctuary. We found that the shrikes foraged preferentially within the Bird Sanctuary (Paired t-test, N=150, t-value: 3.63, P< 0.005). Diversity (revealed by Rényi diversity index) and abundance of arthropods were considerably higher inside the Bird Sanctuary (Wilcoxon Matched-pairs Signed-ranks test, z-value > –2.428, P = 0.0152). The monitoring of impaled prey items revealed that besides insects vertebrates were also taken. Interestingly two specimens of the poisonous Black Cone-headed Grasshopper (Poikylocerus bufonicus) were also impaled and consumed.

Key words: Great-Grey Shrike, Lanius excubitor, habitat-choice, prey-availability, impaling

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 47 (4), pp. 321–347, 2001

Title: A revision of the species of Paramyia Williston (Diptera, Milichiidae) with the description of a new genus

Authors: Papp, L.

Author's address: Department of Zoology, Hungarian Natural History Museum, H-1431 Budapest, Pf. 137, Hungary, e-mail:

Abstract: Species of the widely distributed genus Paramyia are revised. Thirteen new species are described: P. africana sp. n. (Congo), P. longilingua sp. n. (Costa Rica), P. minuscula sp. n. (Guyana), P. regalis sp. n. (Guyana), P. setitarsalis Papp et Swann, sp. n. (Guyana, Costa Rica), P. formosana sp. n., (Taiwan), P. flava sp. n., P. nitida sp. n., P. palpalis sp. n., P. Swanni sp. n., P. triangularis sp. n. (Indonesia), P. latigena sp. n. (Viet Nam) and P. flagellomera sp. n. (Philippines). A key for the World species is given. The genus Paramyia is reported from the Afrotropical region and the Asian continent for the first time. The differentiating features of the genus are discussed and a new genus Paramyioides (type species: P. perlucida sp. n.) is described from Taiwan. With 34 figures.

Key words: Paramyia, Paramyioides, new taxa, Milichiidae

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 47 (4), pp. 349–361, 2001

Title: A new genus and three new species of Hybotidae with new records of the Hungarian Empidoidea (Diptera)

Authors: Papp, L. and M. Földvári

Authors' address: Department of Zoology, Hungarian Natural History Museum, H-1088 Budapest, Baross u. 13, Hungary, E-mail:,

Abstract: Twenty-two species are recorded as new for the Hungarian fauna, among them three species (Tachypeza yinyang sp. n., Megagrapha europaea sp. n., Chvalaea sopianae sp. n.) are new to science. The genus Megagrapha is reported from the Palaearctic region for the first time. A new genus of Ocydromiini, Chvalaea gen. n. (type species Leptopeza rugosiventris Strobl, 1910) is described with two species from Hungary.

Key words: Chvalaea, Megagrapha, Hybotidae, Microphoridae, Empididae, faunistic survey, new records, Hungary

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 47 (4), pp. 363–370, 2001

Title: A new species of Filatima Busck, 1939 (Lepidoptera, Gelechiidae) from Transylvania, Romania

Authors: Kovács, Z. and S. Kovács

Authors' address: Str. László Ferenc Bl. 3 A/16, RO-4000 Sf. Gheorghe, Romania, e-mail:;

Abstract: A new species of Gelechiidae, the Filatima transsilvanella sp. n., closely allied to the Asian F. autocrossa (Meyrick, 1937) is described from steppe habitats of Transylvania (Romania). With 16 figures.

Key words: Palaearctic, Filatima transsilvanella, Gelechiidae, new species, Romania

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 47 (4), pp. 371–398, 2001

Title: New Noctuidae taxa from Taiwan and the adjacent regions (Lepidoptera), II.

Authors: Ronkay, G. and L. Ronkay*

Authors' addresses: Szt. István krt. 4, H-1137 Budapest, Hungary, E-mail:
*Department of Zoology, Hungarian Natural History Museum, H-1088 Budapest, Baross u. 13, Hungary, E-mail:

Abstract: Descriptions of three new Noctuidae genera, Egiropolia gen. n., Orthopolia gen. n. and Taeneremina gen. n. and seven new species, Anorthoa changi, Egiropolia kingmana, Orthopolia scotoptera, O. gonggashana, Dryobotodes caerulescens, Potnyctycia nemesi and Taeneremina scripta spp. n. from Taiwan are given. With 35 figures.

Key words: Noctuidae, new genera, new species, China, Taiwan, Vietnam