Zoology in the Middle East

Volume 36, 2005


ISSN 0939-7140

Kasparek Verlag, Heidelberg
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Ferhat Matur, Mustafa Sozen

A karyological study on subterrranean mole rats of the Spalax leucodon Nordmann, 1840 (Mammalia: Rodentia) superspecies in northwestern Turkey

Abstract. The karyotypes of 35 specimens of the subterranean mole rat of the superspecies Spalax leucodon Nordman, 1840, from 11 localities in the Bilecik area in north-western Turkey were analysed. Two different karyotypes were identified and both show a distinct geographic distribution: The karyotype 2n=52 and NF=70 is confined to the eastern side of the Sakarya River, whereas 2n=60 and NF=78 is found only on the western side of the river. The Sakarya River thus serves as a barrier and separates both forms in this area.

Key words. Spalax leucodon, karyology, genetic isolation, superspecies, Turkey, Middle East.

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 5-10.    |   Preview (abstract/cover page) (PDF)   |    Order article...

Bernd-Ulrich Rudolph, Alois Liegl, Ahmet Karatas

The bat fauna of the caves near Havran in Western Turkey and their importance for bat conservation

Abstract. This paper describes the bat fauna of a cave system with three caves in a karst area near Havran in Western Turkey. One of these caves harbours approximately 15-20,000 adult bats of eight species, all of them forming nursery colonies. This represents the second largest summer colony of bats in Turkey. The species richness and the colony sizes qualify the site as an Important Mammal Area and would qualify it as a Special Area for Conservation, according to the Habitats Directive of the European Union. The area including the most important bat cave will be partly flooded by a dam which is currently being constructed by the State Water Authority.

Key words. Balıkesir, Havran Caves, Turkey, Middle East, bat detector, roosting site.

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 11-20.    |   Preview (abstract/cover page) (PDF)   |    Order article...

Atabak Mahjoorazad, Hamed Cheatsazan, Haji Gholi Kami, Vahideh Rabani

Distribution of the Yellow-Headed Agama, Laudakia nupta fusca (Blanford 1872), in Iran (Squamata: Agamidae)

Abstract. The present study describes the distribution of the Yellow-Headed Agama, Laudakia nupta fusca Blanford, 1872, based on new records in the south-east, south and south-west of Iran. Specimens were captured in Baloutchistan, Hormozgan and Bushehr provinces at altitudes of 301950m above sea level. The subspecies seems to be restricted to outlying hilly country off the Iranian plateau, where the nominate subspecies does not occur.

Key words. Iran, zooogeography, subspecies Laudakia nupta fusca, distribution.

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 21-26.    |   Preview (abstract/cover page) (PDF)   |    Order article...

Daniel Golani, Yaniv Levy

New records and rare occurrences of fish species from the Mediterranean coast of Israel

Abstract. The present study reports the first record of Lagocephalus sceleratus and the first substantiated record of Bathophilus nigerrimus from the Mediterranean coast of Israel. Specimens of another four species, Mobula mobular, Tylosurus choram, Scarus ghobban and Tetrapturus belone, constitute second records from this region.

Key words. New records, rare fish species, Mediterranean, Israel, Middle East.

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 27-32.    |   Preview (abstract/cover page) (PDF)   |    Order article...

Suphan Karaytug, Serdar Sak

A new species of Schizopera Sars, 1906 (Copepoda: Harpacticoida) from Israel

Abstract. Both sexes of Schizopera samchunensis n. sp. (Copepoda: Harpacticoida: Diosaccidae) are described from the Hula valley in Israel with the aid of light and electron (SEM) microscopes. The differences between the new species and the morphologically similar species S. compacta and S. taricheana are discussed.

Key words: Copepoda, taxonomy, Hula Valley, Schizopera samchunensis n. sp.

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 33-42.    |   Preview (abstract/cover page) (PDF)   |    Order article...

Cuneyt Kubanc

New records of recent Ostracoda (Crustacea) for the marine fauna of Turkey

Abstract. A total of 60 species of Ostracoda was collected from 30 locations in the Turkish Aegean Sea. Five species, Polycope vasfiensis Sissingh, Leptocythere bituberculata Bonaduce, Ciampo & Masoli, Loxoconcha gibberosa Terquem, Sagmatocythere versicolor (Mller) and Monoceratina oblita Bonaduce et al., are new records for the recent marine fauna of the North Aegean Sea and Turkey.

Key words. Ostracoda, Aegean Sea, Turkey, new records.

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 43-50.    |   Preview (abstract/cover page) (PDF)   |    Order article...

Gokhan Aydin, Erdal Sekeroglu, Erik Arndt

Tiger beetles as bioindicators of habitat degradation in the ukurova Delta, southern Turkey (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae)

Abstract. The distribution of tiger beetles in the ukurova Delta is analyzed and new records within the delta are presented. The data indicate that Megacephala euphratica euphratica, Lophyridia concolor, L. littoralis winkleri, and Myriochile melancholica melancholica are abundant and widely distributed, in contrast to Lophyridia aphrodisia aphrodisia and Cylindera trisignata which are rare and occur only locally. Tiger beetle habitats and abundance were determined for the delta area between 2001 and 2004. Salt marsh and salt meadows, rocky coasts, sandy beaches, banks of rivers, brooks and lagoons, as well as arable lands are the main habitats of tiger beetles in the delta. L. a. aphrodisia, which only occurs in restricted coastal areas with flat rocks, may have disappeared from the ukurova Delta because of tourist activity.

Key words. Mediterranean coast, river delta, sand dunes, tiger beetle, distribution, habitat, indicator.

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 51-58.    |   Preview (abstract/cover page) (PDF)   |    Order article...

Shahyad Azari-Hamidian

Larval habitat characteristics of mosquitoes of the genus Culiseta Felt, 1904 (Diptera: Culicidae) in the Caspian Sea littoral, Iran

Abstract. The fauna and ecology of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) was studied in Guilan province, Caspian Sea littoral, northern Iran, between April and December 2000. Larval habitat characteristics were recorded according to the water situation (clear or turbid), vegetation, bottom type, sunlight situation, habitat situation (transient or permanent, running or still), habitat kind (natural or artificial), and water temperature. In total, 643 larvae of the genus Culiseta from 16 larval breeding sites were collected and, based on larval morphological characters, identified to the species level. Three species of the genus Culiseta, Cs. (Allotheobaldia) longiareolata, Cs. (Culicella) morsitans, and Cs. (Culiseta) annulata, were found in the province. All three species were collected from still and clear water. Cs. longiareolata and Cs.morsitans were collected from natural habitats and Cs.annulata from both natural and artificial ones (wells). Cs. longiareolata, Cs. morsitans, and Cs. annulata comprised 61.3%, 31.6%, and 7.1% of samples, respectively. The mean and range temperatures of larval habitat water for Cs. longiareolata, Cs. morsitans, and Cs. annulata were 17.9C (1325C), 11.6C (1016C), and 16.5C (1222C), respectively.

Key words. Culiseta annulata, Culiseta longiareolata, Culiseta morsitans, larva, ecology, Iran, Middle East.

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 59-66.    |   Preview (abstract/cover page) (PDF)   |    Order article...

Hosseinali Lotfalizadeh, Babak Gharali

Introduction to the Torymidae fauna (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) of Iran

Abstract. Eighteen species of Torymidae (Hym.: Chalcidoidea) belonging to genera Adontomerus (1 species), Glyphomerus (1 species), Idiomacromerus (3 species), Microdontomerus (2 species), Monodontomerus (2 species), Pseudotorymus (2 species), Torymus (3 species), Iridophaga (1 species) and Megastigmus (3 species) are recorded from Iran. Of these, 12 are new to the fauna of Iran. Brief information on biology and hosts is presented. Previously recorded species of the family from Iran are also included.

Key words. Torymini, Microdontomerini, Podagrionini, Megastigminae, Chalcidoidea, fauna, Middle East.

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 67-72.    |   Preview (abstract/cover page) (PDF)    |    Order article...

Adrian C. Pont, Doreen Werner, Eugenie A. Kachvoryan

A preliminary list of the Fanniidae and Muscidae (Diptera) of Armenia

Abstract. A preliminary list is given of the Fanniidae and Muscidae (Diptera) of Armenia. 3 species of Fanniidae and 58 species of Muscidae are listed, including two new species (Coenosia wernerae Pont n. sp. and Coenosia brevicauda Pont n. sp.). The three Fanniidae and 38 species of Muscidae are newly recorded from Armenia.

Key words. Diptera, Fanniidae, Muscidae, Armenia, new records, new species.

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 73-86.    |   Preview (abstract/cover page) (PDF)   |   OPEN ACCESS

Umit Sirin, Yalcin Sahin

New records of black flies (Diptera, Simuliidae) for the Turkish fauna

Abstract. We here record eight black fly (Simuliidae) species for the first time in Turkey. Six of them, Simulium (Wilhelmia) equinum (Linnaeus, 1758), S. (Nevermannia) costatum Friederichs, 1920, S. (Eusimulium) angustipes Edwards, 1915, S. (Boophthora) erythrocephalum (De Geer, 1776), S. (Simulium) noelleri Friederichs, 1920 and S. (Simulium) fontanum Terteryan, 1952, are from the tribe Simuliini. The other two are Prosimulium (Prosimulium) rufipes (Meigen, 1830) and P. (Prosimulium) tomosvaryi (Enderlein, 1921), from the Prosimuliini. Brief descriptions of larval and pupal stages of these species are given.

Key words. Simuliidae, black flies, Turkey, Anatolia, fauna, taxonomy, new records.

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 87-98.    |   Preview (abstract/cover page) (PDF)   |    Order article...

Ahmet Altindag, Murat Kaya, Mehmet Borga Ergonul, Sibel Yigit

Six Rotifer species new for the Turkish fauna

Abstract. The distribution of Rotifers in 18 dam lakes and natural lakes of Inner Anatolia, the Western Black Sea Region, the Mediterranean Region and Eastern Anatolia was studied between 1999 and 2004. Ninety rotifer species were found, of which six (Brachionus forficula, Dicranophorus epicharis, Epiphanes macrourus, Lecane rhytida, Lecane obtusa, Testudinella parva) are new to the Turkish fauna.

Key words. Zooplankton, zoogeography, taxonomy, Turkey, Middle East.

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 99-104.    |   Preview (abstract/cover page) (PDF)   |    Order article...



Short Communications

Coskun Tez, Yusuf Ozkul, Handan Yildiz, Murvvet Dursun, Islam Gunduz

The karyotype of the Goitred Gazelle, Gazella subgutturosa, from Turkey

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 105-107.   |    Order article...

Tomasz Cofta, Robert Lasecki, Recep Karakas

First record of the Blackstart, Cercomela melanura, in Turkey

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 107-108.   |    Order article...

Hamed Cheatsazan, Atabak Mahjoorazad, Vahideh Rabani, Haji Gholi Kami

Distribution of the Yellow-Lemon Tree Frog, Hyla savignyi Audouin, 1827 (Anura: Hylidae) in Iran

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 109-111.   |    Order article...

Gökhan Aydin

Distribution of the Dune Cricket, Schizodactylus inexpectatus (Orthoptera: Schizodactylidae), in the Cukurova Delta, southern Turkey

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 111-113.   |    Order article...

Eric Larsen, Leon Blaustein

New backswimmer (Heteroptera: Notonectidae) records for Israel

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 114-115.   |    Order article...

Juergen Wiesner

On some tiger beetles collected in the Yemen Arab Republic (Coleoptera, Cicindelidae): 94th contribution to knowledge of the Cocindelidae

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 115-117.   |    Order article...

Huseyin Ozdikmen

Korgella nom. nov., a replacement name for the genus Heinzia Korge, 1971 (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) non Sayn, 1891

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 118.   |    Order article...

Tuncay Turkes, Orhan Mergen

Records of spiders (Araneae: Theridiidae and Araneidae) new for the Turkish Fauna

Zoology in the Middle East 36, 2005: 119-120.   |    Order article...



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