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Volume 18, Number 1, 2009, pp. 1–178. Published 3 July 2009

Managing editor: N.G. Bogutskaya

S.Ya. Tsalolikhin. 2009. The second record of a representative of the marine genus Penzancia de Man, 1889 (Nematoda: Monhysterida: Xyalidae) in soil. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 1-2.

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The article provides a brief description of Penzancia sp. from soil under moss from Tunisia. The species is morphologically close to P. terricola.

S.Ya. Tsalolikhin. 2009. A new species of free-living nematode Glauxinema przhiboroi sp. n. (Nematoda: Rhabditida) from Tuva. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 3-4.

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Glauxinema przhiboroi sp. n. is described from Tuva Republic.

E.M. Chaban & E.V. Soldatenko. 2009. Comparative morphology of the hammer-shaped penisesof two species of opisthobranch mollusсs of the genus Philine Ascanius, 1772 (Opisthobranchia: Cephalaspidea: Philinidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 5-10.

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Penises of two species of opisthobranch mollusks of Philine were first examined with use of a scanning electron microscope: Ph. aperta (Linnaeus, 1767) and P. finmarchica M. Sars, 1858. This study revealed significant morphological differences. The morphology of male copulatory apparatus of these species is discussed

E.V. Soldatenko & A.A. Petrov. 2009. Cuticular structures in the copulatory apparatus of Planorbis planorbis (Linnaeus, 1758) (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Planorbidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 11-16.

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The morphology of the copulatory apparatus and associated cuticular structures in Planorbis planorbis was studied by light microscopy, SEM, TEM and confocal laser scanning microscopy. The significance of these cuticular structures for the taxonomic status of the species and for the systematics of the family Planorbidae in general is discussed.

N.A. Sedova, A.S. Grigoryev & S.S. Grigoryev. 2009. Morphological variation in Bradyidius pacificus (Brodsky, 1950) (Copepoda: Aetideidae) in the eastern part of the Sea of Okhotsk. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 17-24.

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This study deals with individual variation in Bradyidius pacificus (Brodsky, 1950) which is one of the most common aetideid copepods of the waters near Kamchatka. Material was collected during spring-summer 2001 in the eastern part of the Sea of Okhotsk. Only data on females of V-VI copepodite stages are presented. Studied was the structure (setation in particular) of individual limbs, rostrum, cephalothorax and abdomen in more than 50 specimens. There were observed 12 variants of the rostrum, up to 5 variants of the structure of individual segments of the antennules, 8 variants of the protopodites of the maxillipedes and up to 3 variants of the structure of the basipodites of the periopods. The rostrum, antennules and maxillipedes were the most variable parts. There were no variability observed of the structure in the maxillules and the antennae. It is shown that the maxillipedes are more variable than it was considered earlier.

A.V. Gorochov . 2009. A study of the genus Gryllomorpha Fieber, 1853 (Orthoptera: Gryllidae: Gryllomorphinae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 25-47.

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Twenty six species and subspecies of the genus Gryllomorpha are considered. Twelve of them are included in the nominotypical subgenus: G. dalmatina dalmatina, G. d. schmidti stat. n.; G. longicauda longicauda nom. resurr.; G. l. adspersa stat. n.; G. brevicauda brevicauda, G. b. australis subsp. n.; G. b. borealis subsp. n.; G. occidentalis sp. n.; G. sovetica sp. n.; G. syriaca, G. rufescens, G. maghzeni. Fiftheen taxa are soundly or tentatively included in the subgenus Gryllomorphella: G. miramae miramae, G. m. guentheri, G. albanica, G. antalya sp. n., G. zonata zonata, G. z. ifni subsp. n., G. robusta sp. n., G. ?canariensis, G. atlas sp. n., G. segregata sp. n., G. mira, G. uclensis uclensis, G. u. algeriana, G. u. ?pygmaea, G. sternlichti. Type material for the majority of these species is briefly revised. Male copulatory structures for many species are described and illustrated for the first time. Neotype for G. dalmatina and Acheta aptera as well as a lectotype for Gryllomorpha zonata are designated.

L.N. Anisyutkin. 2009. New data on Epilamprinae from Vietnam and Laos (Dictyoptera: Blaberidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 48-53.

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Two new species of the genus Rhabdoblatta Kirby, 1903, Rh. memnonia sp. n. and R. ryabovi sp. n., are described. New data on the geographical distribution of Morphna clypeata Anisyutkin et Gorochov, 2001 are given. Rhabdoblattella annamensis (Hanitsch, 1927) comb. n. is transferred from the genus Rhabdoblatta.

Sh.Z. Barjadze, N.G. Bakhtadze, G.I. Bakhtadze, N.T. Kintsurashvili, N.L. Chakvetadze & N.A. Zhukovskaya. 2009. Contribution to the aphid fauna (Hemiptera: Aphidoidea) of Racha-Lechkhumi floristic region (Western Georgia). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 54-58.

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Twenty two species are given in an annotated faunal list of Aphidoidea of the Racha-Lechkhumi floristic region. Of the species reported, 10 are new to the fauna of this region, while Aphis vitalbae Ferrari, 1872 and Macrosiphum hellebori Theobald & Walton, 1923 are recorded for the first time from Transcaucasia.

J.N. Sewlal & C.K. Starr. 2009. Observations of the insect Arachnocoris trinitatus (Heteroptera: Nabidae) as an inquiline of the spider Coryssocnemis simla (Araneae: Pholcidae) in West Indies. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 59-61.

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The nabid bug Arachnocoris trinitatus (Bergroth, 1916) is often found in webs of the pholcid spider Coryssocnemis simla Huber, 2000. Thirty-one webs of C. simla were checked for occupancy by the spider and the insect in April 2008 in a deciduous seasonal forest in Trinidad, West Indies. Arachnocoris trinitatus showed no significant preference either for webs occupied by juvenile versus adult spiders, or for empty webs versus those occupied by C. simla.

B.A. Korotyaev & M.A. Khrisanova. 2009. Two desert species of beetles new to the Russian fauna (Coleoptera: Rhipiphoridae, Curculionidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 62-64.

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Two species of beetles previously known only from the desert zone of Middle and Central Asia, Macrosiagon medvedevi Iablokoff-Khnzorian, 1973 (Rhipiphoridae) and Anthypurinus basicornis (Schultze, 1898) (Curculionidae: Ceutorhynchinae), have been found in Volgograd Province.

A.V. Frolov & O. Montreuil. 2009. A new genus of Orphninae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) from Madagascar. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 65-69.

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A new genus, Renorphnus gen. n, is established for the Madagascar species Orphnus clementi Petrovitz. The new genus differs from other representatives of Orphninae in distinctive shape of the fore tibia of male, shape of clypeus, presence of 2 more or less prominent tubercles on pronotum in both sexes, and widened and pectinate setae on costal margin of wings. Orphnus clementi is redescribed. Diagnostic key to Madagascar Orphninae genera is given.

A.L. Lvovsky. 2009. A new species of the genus Depressaria Haworth, 1811 (Lepidoptera: Depressariidae) from Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 70-72.

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Depressaria kailai sp. n. from the south-east Kazakhstan and Tajikistan is described. The new species is closely related to D. hannemanniana Lvovsky, 1990, being different in the structures of male and female genitalia.

K.A. Dzhanokmen. 2009. Review of Kazakhstan species of the genus Pachyneuron Walker, 1833 (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Pteromalidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 73-82.

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Ten species of Pachyneuron are reported from Kazakhstan. Data on distribution and biology are reported for the first time for most of these species. A key to the species is provided.

S.A. Belokobylskij. 2009. The genus Ecphylus Foerster (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Doryctinae) in Japan. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 83-98.

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The Japanese species of the genus Ecphylus Foerster, 1862 are reviewed. Three new species belonging to the subgenus Sactopus Ashmead, 1900, E. (S.) conformis sp. n., E. (S.) konishii sp. n. and E. (S.) subtropicalis sp. n., are described and illustrated. Ecphylus (S.) hattori Kono & Watanabe, 1935 is considered a valid species, distinctly separated from the Western Palaearctic E. (S.) caudatus Ruschka, 1916. A key to all Eastern Palaearctic species of Ecphylus is provided.

D.R. Kasparyan. 2009. A new species of Ischnus from Mexico (Hymenoptera: Icneumonidae: Cryptini). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 99-101.

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A new species, Ischnus cieloi sp. n. is described from Mexico and compared with the closely related I. celaya Cresson.

S.N. Myartseva. 2009. Two new species of Pteroptrix Westwood, 1833 (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae) from Mexico. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 102-108.

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Two new species of the genus Pteroptrix are described from Mexico: P. gonzalesi sp. n. from Chiapas and P. mexicana sp. n. from Baja California Sur. A key for identification of three species of Pteroptrix recorded from Mexico is presented. Data on the hosts and distribution of the Mexican Pteroptrix species are given.

S.N. Myartseva. 2009. New species of Coccophagus Westwood, 1833 from Mexico (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Aphelinidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 109-117.

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Four new species of the genus Coccophagus Westwood, 1833 (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae) from Mexico are described and illustrated: C. clypeator sp. n. and C. dentatus sp. n. are associated with citrus in Chiapas and Tamaulipas; C. falderus sp. n. and C. longisetus sp. n. were collected in Chiapas and Jalisco. Host of C. clypeator, the soft scale Akermes sp. (Hemiptera: Coccidae), is a new record for Chiapas and a new citrus pest in that Mexican state.

D.R. Kasparyan. 2009. Two new Palaearctic species of Saotis Förster, 1869 (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Ctenopelmatinae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 118-125.

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Two new species of ichneumon-flies are described: Saotis caucasica sp. n. from North Caucasus, and Holarctic S. pygidiator with four subspecies (S. pygidiator pygidiator ssp. n. from Europe, S. p. ivan ssp. n. from Transbaikalia, S. p. arctor ssp. n. from northern Siberia, and S. p. nearctor ssp. n. from Alaska and Canada). S. pygidiator pygidiator is reared by J.-P. Kopelke from 3 species of Pontania, gall-forming sawflies (Hymenoptera, Tenthredinidae) on Salix spp.

N.G. Bogutskaya & B.W. Coad. 2009. A review of vertebral and fin-ray counts in the genus Alburnoides (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) with a description of six new species. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(1): 126-173.

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Variations in the different vertebral patterns and unpaired fin counts in the genus Alburnoides are discussed based on an examination of over 1100 specimens from a wide area of distribution of the genus. Though it was commonly considered that the morphological differences between subspecies and local forms of A. bipunctatus auctorum appear slight, our study shows that there are pronounced differences between many of them in vertebral and dorsal and anal fin counts. To estimate reliability of differences, statistical tests were used and a cluster analysis (UPGMA - Average Linkage clustering method) was performed based on calculated values, and tree diagrams are presented and analyzed in their taxonomic context. The differences in fin ray and vertebral counts in combination with some other morphological characters, distinguished some of the former subspecies or local forms as distinct species. Along with five nominal taxa re-established to a species level (A. rossicus, A. kubanicus, A. maculatus, A. eichwaldii, A. fasciatus), we describe six new species: A. gmelini (type locality Sunzha River, Terek River drainage, Eastern Ciscaucasia, Russia), A. varentsovi (type locality Ashkhabadka River, northern slope of the Kopetdag, Turkmenistan), A. petrubanarescui (type locality Qasemlou Chay, Orumiyeh Lake basin, Iran), A. namaki (type locality qanat at Taveh, Namak Lake basin, Iran), A. nicolausi (type locality Simareh River in Karkheh River system, Tigris River drainage, Iran), and A. idignensis (type locality Bid Sorkh River, Gav Masiab River system, Tigris River drainage, Iran).

Volume 18, Number 2, 2009, pp. 179–322. Published 25 December 2009

Managing editor: N.G. Bogutskaya

A.W. Jankowski. 2009. Eufolliculina brunea sp. nov. (Ciliophora, Heterotrichida), a symbiont of wood-boring Limnoria isopods. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 179-183.

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Two well-known and one new species of folliculinids, obligate symbionts of the gribble (Limnoria Leach, 1814) are illustrated, and the new species is described in detail. Its placement in Eufolliculina Hadzi, 1951 is temporary because of the doubtful taxonomic status of this genus.

A.W. Jankowski. 2009. Aspidisca beringiana sp. nov. and Simbiodisca subgen. nov. (Ciliophora, Euplotida), a symbiont of terebellid polychaetes in the Bering Sea. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 184-190.

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Terebellids in tidal zone of the Bering Island bear three new symbionts - rhabdophryid suctorians, peritrichs with small rosette-like colonies and aspidiscid hypotrich with a long peristome parallel to left body margin. This is the main feature of a new subgenus of the genus Aspidisca, named Simbiodisca. It may deserve the full generic rank if the use of protargol silvering method will not reveal any upper left rudiment of the peristomal membranelles.

E.V. Soldatenko. 2009. New diagnostic characters of Kolhymorbis angarensis (Dybowski & Grochmalicki, 1925) (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Planorbidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 191-195.

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The radula morphology and the anatomy of the copulatory apparatus in Kolhymorbis angarensis were examined using light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and histological methods. Kolhymorbis angarensis was shown to have the stylet and the penial sac with a glandular appendage (flagellum), the characteristics, previously unknown for any species of this genus. The significance of these findings for the taxonomy of the genus is discussed.

E.V. Soldatenko & A.A. Petrov. 2009. The characteristics of copulation in Segmentina oelandica (Westerlund, 1885) (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Planorbidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 196-204.

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The paper examines the precopulatory behaviour and copulation in Segmentina oelandica. The morphological traits associated with this process are discussed. The anatomy of the copulatory apparatus is studied using histological and histochemical (phalloidin fluorescence) methods. The copulation is shown to be a complex process determined by a specific set of morphological, physiological, behavioural and ecological characteristics.

E.M. Chaban & E.V. Soldatenko. 2009. Description of a new genus Praephiline gen. nov. (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia: Philinidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 205-211.

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A new genus of opisthobranch mollusks Praephiline gen. nov. is described for Philine finmarchica M. Sars, 1858. Philine finmarchica differs significantly from the type of Philine - Philine aperta in the morphology of gizzard and male copulatory apparatus. The status of Philine thurmanni thurmanni Marcus & Marcus, 1969 and Philine thurmanni chilla Marcus & Marcus, 1969 is discussed; they are considered to be distinct species and assigned to the new genus - Praephiline thurmanni (Marcus & Marcus, 1969) and Praephiline chilla (Marcus & Marcus, 1969).

P.V. Tuzovskij. 2009. A new water mite species of the genus Acucapito (Acariformes: Acucapitidae) from Vietnam. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 212-217.

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An illustrated description of the water mite Acucapito vietnamensis sp. nov. (male and female) from running waters of Vietnam is given.

A.V. Gorochov. 2009. Sixth addition to the revision of Itarinae (Orthoptera: Gryllidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 218-223.

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Itara (Gryllitara) curupi sp. nov. and I. (Phormincter) melanocephala sumatrae subsp. nov. from Southern Sumatra as well as Inditara subgen. nov. and I. (Inditara) indiae sp. nov. from South India are described. Itara curupi distinctly differs from all the other species of Gryllitara in having two rows of denticles on the dorsal surface of the epiphallus, I. melanocephala sumatrae differs from the nominotypical subspecies by a shorter distal part of the ectoparameres, and I. indiae strongly differs from all the other representatives of Itara in possessing a smaller tegminal mirror, more simple oblique veins in the male tegmina, and a specific structure of the male genitalia.

E.M. Danzig & I.A. Gavrilov. 2009. Mealybugs of the genus Rhizoecus Kunckel d Herculais, 1878 (Homoptera: Pseudococcidae) of the fauna of Russia and adjacent countries. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 224-245.

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A key and a review of 15 species inhabiting the territory of the former USSR are given. Rhizoecus microtubulatus Gavrilov & Danzig sp. nov. from Astrakhan is described. All discussed species are briefly morphologically described and illustrated. The lectotype is designated for Rh. vitis Borchsenius, 1949. Four new synonyms are established: Rhizoecus poltavae Laing, 1929 = Rh. desertus Ter-Grigorian, 1967 syn. nov. = Rh. pallidus Tereznikova, 1968 syn. nov.; Rh. tritici Borchsenius, 1949 = Rh. pratensis Borchsenius & Tereznikova, 1959 syn. nov.; Rh. albidus Goux, 1942 = Rh. gentianae Panis, 1968 syn. nov.

I.A. Gavrilov. 2009. Morphological variability and species borders in the genus Rhizopulvinaria (Homoptera: Coccinea). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 246-259.

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The species considered in the genus Rhizopulvinaria were revised on the base of morphological and ecological data. Significant intraspecific morphological variability was shown for Rh. artemisiae s. l. The mode of life and reproductive biology of this species is briefly discussed. The majority of nominal species of Rhizopulvinaria described by different authors are considered to be morphological varieties of a single species Rh. artemisiae Signoret, 1873. Thus, the following species are placed in the synonymy of Rh. artemisiae: Rh. retamae (Hall, 1923), Rh. halli Borchsenius, 1957, Rh. turkestanica (Arkhangelskaya, 1931), Rh. grassei (Balachowsky, 1936), Rh. dianthi (Bodenheimer, 1943), Rh. nevesi (Gómez-Menor Ortega, 1946), Rh. armeniaca Borchsenius, 1952, Rh. grandicula Borchsenius, 1952, Rh. hissarica Borchsenius, 1952, Rh. megriensis Borchsenius, 1952, Rh. minima Borchsenius, Rh. pyrethri Borchsenius, 1952, Rh. spinifera Borchsenius, 1952, Rh. transcaspica Borchsenius, 1952, Rh. turkmenica Borchsenius, 1952, Rh. variabilis Borchsenius, 1952, Rh. virgulata Borchsenius, 1952, Rh. viridis Borchsenius, 1952, Rh. polispina Matesova, 1960, Rh. quadrispina Matesova, 1960, Rh. solitudina Matesova, 1960, Rh. zaisanica Matesova, 1960, Rh. arenaria Canard, 1967, Rh. gracilis Canard, 1967, Rh. maritima Canard, 1967, Rh. saxatilis Canard, 1967, Rh. rhizophila Bazarov, 1963, Rh. saxosa Shmelev, 1971, Rh. zygophylli Bazarov & Shmelev, 1975, Rh. ucrainica Tereznikova, 1981.

V.M. Gnezdilov & E.S. Sugonyaev. 2009. First record of Metcalfa pruinosa (Homoptera: Fulgoroidea: Flatidae) from Russia. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 260-261.

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Metcalfa pruinosa (Say, 1830) is firstly recorded from Russia. This is a first record of the family Flatidae for the Russian fauna. Metcalfa pruinosa is treated as a potential pest of agricultural and ornamental plants.

A.F. Emeljanov& V.M. Gnezdilov. 2009. On the taxonomic position of the genus Siebererella (Homoptera: Fulgoroidea: Achilidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 262-263.

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Siebererella Schmidt, 1926 is placed in synonymy under Errada Walker, 1870 and transferred from the Issidae to the Achilidae.

D.A. Gapon. 2009. Conquistator, a new genus for Podisus mucronatus Uhler, 1897 (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae: Asopinae) with a re-descripton of type species. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 264-270.

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Conquistator gen. nov., is described to hold the North American species Podisus mucronatus Uhler, 1897. This new genus differs from Podisus Herrich-Schaeffer, 1851, in having the digitiform process on the paramere corpus more characteristic of species in the American asopine genera Apoecilus Stål, 1870 and Supputius Distant, 1889. The new genus, however, also differs from these two genera by essential morphological characters. The type species, Podisus mucronatus Uhler, 1897, is re-described based on a morphological examination of the male and female terminalia.

A.S. Ukrainsky. 2009. A new replacement name for Darwinella Enderlein, 1912 (Coleoptera: Tenebrionoidea: Perimylopidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 271-272.

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A new replacement name Pseudodarwinella is proposed for Darwinella Enderlein, 1912, a junior homonym of Darwinella Müller, 1865 (Porifera).

O.L. Nesterova & I.K. Lopatin. 2009. A new species of the leaf-beetle genus Acolastus Gerstaecker, 1855 (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) from Iran. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 273–274.

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Acolastus shirazicussp. nov. from Iran is described, very similar to Acolastus zarudnii (Jacobson,1916) and A. klimenkoi Romantsov & Bukejs, 2009, but differing in the shape of aedeagus: in comparison with A. zarudnii the apex is narrower, with weak lobes and more strongly bent in profile, while in comparison with A. klimenkoi the apex is narrower and longer.

S.V. Kazantsev. 2009. New species of the genus Drilonius (Coleoptera: Omethidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 275–277.

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Two new species of the omethid genus Drilonius Kiesenwetter, 1874, D. puetzi sp. nov. and D. melas sp. nov., are described from Thailand and Indonesia, respectively. A check-list of the species and subspecies of Drilonius is provided.

L.A. Akhmetova & A.V. Frolov. 2009. New to Russia and poorly known species of the genus Aphodius (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 278–284.

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Aphodius (Agoliinus) guttatus, A. (Chilothorax) clathratus, and A. (Aphodaulacus) kizeritskyi are recorded from Russia for the first time. Aphodius (Agoliinus) amurensis previously known only from the type locality is found in the Lazo Nature Reserve (Russian Far East). All species are diagnosed and illustrated. Comments on diagnostic characters, distribution and bionomics are given.

I.Ya. Grichanov & M.B. Mostovski. 2009. Discovery of Systenus in the Afrotropical Region with a description of a new species (Diptera: Dolichopodidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 285-290.

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The genus Systenus Loew, 1857 is recorded from Afrotropical Region for the first time. A description of a new species, Systenus africanus Grichanov sp. nov., and notes on females of another probably new Afrotropical species are provided. The genus is considered now as cosmopolitan. A key to species and species groups of the Systenus worldwide is compiled.

V.A. Trjapitzin. 2009. A brief review of species of the genus Parablastothrix with description of a new species from Mexico (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 291–294.

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A diagnosis of the genus Parablastothrix Mercet, 1917 and a list of its species with some data on their geographical distribution and hosts, leaf-mining Lepidoptera, are provided. A new species P. ninelpetrovae from Mexico is described and compared with P. nearctica Miller, 1965 from USA.

A.M. Naseka & N.G. Bogutskaya. 2009. Fishes of the Caspian Sea: zoogeography and updated check-list. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 295-317.

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Geographic distribution of some 350 taxa from the Caspian and Black Sea basins were analyzed with regard to recent taxonomy, phylogeny, endemicity and ecological classification. A check-list of the Caspian Sea fishes (taxa from families down to subspecies) is provided. Eighty species and subspecies permanently occur or occasionally recorded from the North Caspian while 33–35 species and subspecies being only distributed in the Middle and South Caspian. Forty-four species are common for the two ecoregions. A comparison of the Caspian and the Black Sea fish faunas and their historical evolution is given with special respect to palaeogeography and palaeohydrology of the basin.

E.L. Markhaseva, K. Schulz & P. Martinez Arbizu. 2009. New family of Crustacea (Calanoida) – Rostrocalanidae fam. nov.: making the name available. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 318–319.

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Recently, we (Markhaseva et al., 2008) introduced a family-group name Rostrocalanidae for a new family of clausocalanoid copepods but the name is unavailable for it does not meet the conditions of Art. 16.2. of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Here, the Rostrocalanidae fam. nov. is established in a way that makes the name available.

N. Sanamyan, K. Sanamyan & D. Schories. 2009. On authorship of Chilean anemone ‘Bunodactis hermafroditica’ (Cnidaria: Actiniaria) and its generic assignment. Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 320-322.

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Authorship of the species currently known as ‘Bunodactis hermaphroditica’ should be attributed to Carlgren (1959) but not to McMurrich (1904) as commonly maintained. The species belongs to the genus Gyractis and should be cited as Gyractis hermafroditica (Carlgren, 1959).

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