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January 2020

Zoology in the Middle East: Volume 66, Issue 1


The reproduction biology of the threatened Nile Soft-shelled Turtle was examined in Turkey and the success of relocation efforts of nests threatened by predation critically assessed. A new species of cidada was described from the Taurus Mountains, and it can be distinguished from morphologically similar species by its characteristic song!



October 2019

Zoology in the Middle East: Volume 65, Issue 4


The movements of two Asiatic Cheetahs and a Persian Leopard were monitored with GPS collars and it was found that the movements were inter-dependent and influenced each other, and this interaction eventually culminated in the leopard killing one of the cheetahs. The winter population of the threatened Dalmatian Pelican strongly increased in recent years and possible shifts in the wintering areas are discussed. 




June 2019

Zoology in the Middle East: Volume 65, Issue 3


Articles include: What does the distribution of the Striped Hyaena limit in the Near East deserts? Biogeography of the subterranean amphisbaenean Blanus in Lebanon and the Levantine; occurrence of xanthochromic fish in the eastern Mediterranrean; the phylogeographic patterns of the Gram Blue Butterflies Euchrysops cnejus and E. osiris; population genetic structure of an oak gall wasp in Turkey; confirmed sightings of the Killer Whale in Iranian waters.




Max Kasparek

Bees in the Genus Rhodanthidium

A Review and Identification Guide


The genus Rhodanthidium is small group of pollinator bees which are found from the Moroccan Atlantic coast to the high mountainous areas of Central Asia. They include both small inconspicuous species, large species with an appearance much like a hornet, and vivid species with rich red colouration. Some of them use empty snail shells for nesting with a fascinating mating and nesting behaviour. This publication gives for the first time a complete overview of the genus, with an identification key, the first in the English language. All species are fully illustrated in both sexes with 178 photographs and 60 line drawings. Information is given on flowers visited, taxonomy, and seasonal occurrence; distribution maps are including for all species. This publication summarises our knowledge of this group of bees and aims at stimulating further research.

Cover Rhodanthidium (small)



April 2019

Zoology in the Middle East: Volume 65, Issue 2


The new issue reports e.g. about hope for the threatened White-headed Duck in Turkey despite a declining breeding populations, potential genetic consequences of recent population declines in the vulnerable Goitred Gazelle in Iran, interpretation of the geographic distribution pattern of melanistic Arabian Wolves on the Arabian Peninsula, the phylogeny and biogeography of the genus Gobio, and provides a comprehensive review of the biology, ecology and distribution of the Date Stone Beetle.




January 2019

Zoology in the Middle East: Volume 65, Issue 1



Highlights include a study on the cave fauna of Georgia, the structure of bat communities in Jordan, the size of the home range of Hermann’s Tortoise, a study on year-round aggregations of Sandbar Sharks in the AegeanSea, community structure of the deep sea fishes in the Red Sea, and new evidence that the Leopard reoccupies its historic range in the South Caucasus.


September 2018

Zoology in the Middle East: Volume 64, Issue 4



Highlights include Review of the vertebrate-mediated dispersal of the Date Palm, the spread of the Rose-ringed Parakeet in Turkey, Molecular and morphological evidence for a new subspecies of Fazila’s Lycian Salamander in South-west Anatoli, and The Black Bordered Arab, Colotis ungemachi in the Middle East, and the first confirmed record for Ethiopia.



June 2018

Zoology in the Middle East: Volume 64, Issue 3



Highlights include Intraspecific killing among Leopards in Iran, Melanism and coat colour polymorphism in the Egyptian Wolf from Egypt, Floral preferences of hoverflies in response to the abundance and species richness of flowering plants, and Phylogeography of Walton’s Mudskipper from the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.



April 2018

Zoology in the Middle East: Volume 64, Issue 2



Highlights include Long-term effects of fire on ant communities in pine forests in Turkey, limited polymorphism in two spittlebugsin Mediterranean island populations, evidence of seed germination in scats of the Asiatic Black Bear and the first record of the Southwest Asian Badger from Afghanistan. Additionally, description of new species of fish, molluscs and insects.



March 2018

Zoology in the Middle East: Volume 64, Issue 1


Highlights include phylogeography of Blanford’s Fox in Africa and the Middle East, the impact of nest relocation on the reproductive success of Loggerhead Turtles, and an identification key for the scorpion fauna of Egypt. Another study found that rats predate in Israel on Near Eastern Fire Salamanders, while they consume selectively only non-toxic tissue. An Iranian team used the Gray Toad-headed Agama as an example to study the question whether the degree of niche overlap depends on the phylogenetic distance.


July 2017

Resin bees of the anthidiine genus Trachusa

Identification, taxonomy, distribution and biology of the Old World species

Bees belonging to the genus Trachusa are important pollinators. This publication is the first comprehensive overview and guide to the species found in Europe, Africa and Asia and provides descriptions of all species and gives identification keys. All species are illustrated, with altogether 205 colour micro photographs and over 50 line drawings showing morphological details. The species accounts are further supported by distribution maps and graphs depicting seasonal occurrences.

Published in cooperation with Entomofauna.