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New publications


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.



November 2017

Zoology in the Middle East: Volume 63, Issue 4



Highlights include: Nest position and breeding success of the Black-crowned Night Heron, reproduction of the Barn Owl, first record of Dusky Warbler in Iran, a new species of frog-eyed gecko, diet of native and invasive fish species along the eastern Mediterranean coast, etc.



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.



July 2017

Zoology in the Middle East: Volume 63, Issue 3


Articles include for example a population assessment of Soft-shelled Turtles in Turkey, breeding status of the Greater Flamingo in the United Arab Emirates, the description of a new chromosomal race of blind moll, a new species of cling fish from the Mediterranean Sea, and the description of hnew hover flies from Tuirkey and the Caucasus.




April 2017

Zoology in the Middle East: Volume 63, Issue 2


Articles include a reconstruction of the historical population of the Dugong in the Persian/Arabian Gulf, results of new surveys of the migration of the White Stork and the Black Stork over the Bosphorus, a new species of snake, taxonomy sand boas in Iran, and descriptions of new species of dipteran flies and spiders.



February 2017

Zoology in the Middle East: Volume 63, Issue 1


This issue of Zoology in the Middle East contains an overview over the changes in the avifauna of Israel within the last 14 years and shows the highly dynamic character of bird life with several species found breeding which had not been there before. One of the papers deals with a risk screening of non-native and translocated freshwater fish species in a Mediterranean-type shallow lake in Turkey, another assesses the age at maturity of some fish species occurring in Turkish marine waters. Again several species are described new to science including a fish, an ant, an ant-loving cricket, a diptera, a spider, and a soil mite.



November 2016

Zoology in the Middle East: Volume 62, Issue 4


Examples: usage of old, pollared oaks by nesting and foraging woodpeckers in Turkey; phylogentic relastionship of Iraqi populations of saw-scaled vipers of the genus Echis; home ranges of Darevskia lizards in Armenia; new records of deep-sea decapod crustaceans in the Turkish Mediterranean Sea; first record of the bee genus Melitta from the Arabian Peninsula; first record of Black-throated Accentor, Prunella atrogularis, in Turkey.


August 2016

Zoology in the Middle East: Volume 62, Issue 3


Examples: “The Anatolian diagonal revisited: Testing the ecological basis of a biogeographic boundary”; altitudinal variation in the diversity and structure of the desert rodent community from the United Arab Emirates; the Green Turtle as diet of the Mediterranean Monk Seal; phylogenetic relationships of Eurasian Nuthatches from the Alborz and Zagros Mountains, Iran; feminizing effect of metabolic heating in Green Turtle clutches in the eastern Mediterranean; the Desert Beauty, Calopieris eulimene: a butterfly new to Egypt.


May 2016

Zoology in the Middle East: Volume 62, Issue 2


Examples:Recent records of the Leopard in Northern Iraq and South-eastern Turkey indicate the survival of the speces there. Breeding biology of the Kentish Plover in Saudi Arabia under hot climate conditions. New species of gudgeons (Gobio) found in Turkish waters. Diversity, habitats and size-frequency distribution of the gastropod genus Conus in the Northern Red Sea. Several taxonomic papers with descriptions of a new ant from the Arabian Peninsula, the first endemic earthworm species from Cyprus and new spiders from Iran.


February 2016

Zoology in the Middle East: Volume 62, Issue 1


Examples: Prey of the Persian Leopard in a mixed forest-steppe landscape; recent hard evidence for the occurrence of the Leopard in the Eastern Greater Caucasus; nest-site selection of the Lesser Kestrel; Diet of the Omani Owl in Oman; first confirmed records of Omani Owl in Iran; age, growth and longevity in two freshwater turtles; Striped Hyaenas (Hyaena hyaena) in Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) packs: cooperation, commensalism or singular aberration?





March 2015

Max Kasparek

The Cuckoo Bees of the Genus Stelis in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East

A Review and Identification Guide

Bees belonging to the genus Stelis parasitize on other bee species and are therefore also called “cuckoo bees”. This publication provides for the first time a comprehensive guide to the Stelis species of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East and summarises our knowledge on all 29 species, and gives for the first time a comprehensive identification key in the English language. The species chapters are richly illustrated with 155 colour micro photographs and altogether with 246 line drawings. The book also contains information on flowers visited, seasonal occurrence and colour distribution maps.

Published in cooperation with Entomofauna.