Ehsan Rakhshani

Ehsan Rakhshani
University of Zabol · Department of Plant Protection

Ph.D

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Introduction
I am still busy with several postponed scientific jobs in the remaining days of my life, mainly enriching the collection of the parasitic wasps (Hymenoptera), and directing the PhD students to make their own experiences on Insect Taxonomy. As the Editor-in-Chief of the "Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics" I am spending plenty of time making it a keystone for rapid publication of relevant research on the Taxonomy and Biodiversity of the Terrestrial Arthropods.
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September 2006 - present
University of Zabol
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  • Professor (Full)

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Publications (303)
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The subfamily Agathidinae was studied in parts of northern Iran. Six species were collected and identified. Among them, Cremnops desertor (L., 1758) is recorded for the first time from Iran. Lytopylus persicus Farahani & Talebi sp. n. is described and illustrated. A key to the West Palaearctic species of the genus Lytopylus Förster and an updated c...
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Disepyris Kieffer, a small genus of Bethylidae (Hymenoptera), is recorded for the first time from Iran, represented by D. niveus Lim & Azevedo. Members of this genus can be easily recognized by the protarsi of females with delicate long spines and forewing with short 2r-rs&Rs vein. The diagnostic characters of species are briefly presented accordin...
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Species of the family Pteromalidae from the Middle East countries are reviewed. A total of 445 species within 134 genera and 17 subfamilies are recorded from 20 countries including Algeria (25 genera, 37 species), Egypt (27 genera, 37 species), Iran (84 genera, 211 species), Iraq (13 genera, 18 species), Israel (34 genera, 53 species), Jordan (8 ge...
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The family Embolemidae (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea) from the Middle East is taxonomically reviewed. Three species are reported, redescribed, and illustrated, Ampulicomorpha thauma Rasnitsyn & Matveev from Iran, Embolemus harteni Olmi from Yemen, and E. huberi Olmi from Iran. The extremely rare genus Ampulicomorpha Ashmead is here recorded for the fi...
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Taxonomic and faunistic evidences for nine ichneumonid species that belong to seven genera of Phygadeuontini (Hymenop-tera: Ichneumonidae: Cryptinae) occurring in Iran, are documented. The examined specimens were collected using Malaise traps and sweeping nets during 2013-2016 from various localities in Iran. Four new generic records, i.e., Charito...
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A new ichneumonid species, Syzeuctus flavocephalus Zardouei & Riedel sp. nov. (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Banchinae) from the Eastern high mountains of Iran (Sistan-o Baluchestan province) is described and illustrated. Together with this new species, nine previously recorded species from Iran are reviewed, and a comprehensive key of the Iranian sp...
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Achaemenothrombium khashayarshahi Noei sp. nov. (Acari: Achaemenothrombiidae) is described and illustrated from larvae ectoparasitic on Lepidoptera from Khorasan Razavi and South Khorasan provinces, Iran. This is the fifth larval species of the genus, this far known only from Iran. A key to the larval species of Achaemenothrombium is presented.
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A faunistic survey on the parasitic wasps of the subfamily Pteromalinae Dalman, 1820 (Hym., Chalcidoidea, Pteromalidae) of South-Eastern Iran (Kerman province) was done. In total 46 specimens representing 10 genera and 16 species are identified, among them, Dinarmus altifrons (Walker, 1862) and Syntomopus incurvus Walker, 1833 are recorded for the...
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Aphids are an important group of agricultural crops pests so that by feeding on the plant sap they cause weakness and reducing the quantity and quality of yields. They also indirectly cause significant damage by transmitting viral pathogens. In this study, we tried to identify different species of aphids and their host plants in different habitats...
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New records of Dryinidae Haliday, 1833 (Hymenoptera, Chrysidoidea) from Iran are listed. Two subfamilies (Anteoninae R. Perkins, 1912 and Aphelopinae R. Perkins, 1912), three genera (Anteon Jurine, 1807; Aphelopus Dalman, 1823; and Bocchus Ashmead, 1893) and five species viz. Anteon abdulnouri Olmi, 1987, An. pubicorne (Dalman, 1818), Aphelopus mel...
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Wing interference patterns (WIPs) and colours (WICs) have been highlighted in taxonomy for their usefulness in the discrimination of species, particularly in the case of some parasitic wasps. Here, we evaluate the usefulness of these stable structural colour patterns as species-specific characters in nine species of Aphidiinae (Hymenoptera: Braconi...
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Using Malaise traps, sweep nets and yellow pan traps during 2013-2015 in various localities of Iran, 18 species belonging to 11 genera in the tribe Cryptini Kirby, 1837 (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Cryptinae) were collected. Among them, five species including Aritranis longicauda (Kriechbaumer, 1873), Gambrus ornatus (Gravenhorst, 1829), Mesostenus...
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Various aspects of the knowledge on the aphid parasitoids (Hymenoptera, Aphidiinae) with regards to the biological control of pest aphids are presented. The aphidiines are exclusively associated with aphids and can be found in various natural and agro-ecosystems. There are both specific and generalist aphid parasitoids, which can be used in various...
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World representatives of the genus Napamus Papp, 1993 (Hymenoptera, Braconidae) are reviewed, and their relationships are discussed on the basis of external morphological characters. The only two species described to date are recognized, redescribed and illustrated: Napamus vipio (Reinhard, 1880) and Napamus zomborii Papp, 1993. Information about t...
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A survey of pine-associated aphids and their parasitoids was carried out in the arboretum of Pinus halepensis Miller in the Higher Agronomic Institute Chott Mariem (ISA CM, Tunisia) during 2010–2011 and 2018. The survey revealed the presence of the aphid parasitoid species, Diaeretus leucopterus (Haliday) (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Aphidiinae). This...
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The Ichneumonidae, one of the largest insect families, includes beneficial insects parasitizing several pests. Due to the geographic and climatic varability of Iran, a great Ichneumonidae diversity may be expected, but our knowledge about fauna and biodiversity of this family in Iran is still insufficient, with only a few sporadic biodiversity stud...
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The Iranian species of the genus Clinocentrus Haliday are reviewed. Clinocentrus amiri Rakhshani & Farahani sp. nov. is described and illustrated. The new species was collected exclusively using light traps and it is most probably a nocturnal species. It was found in association with Tamarisk forests around the Hamoon wetlands. A brief diagnosis is...
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Lipolexis is a small genus in the subfamily Aphidiinae represented by one species in Europe (Lipolexis gracilis Förster) and by four in Asia (Lipolexis wuyiensis Chen, L. oregmae Gahan, L. myzakkaiae Pramanik and Raychaudhuri and L. pseudoscutellaris Pramanik and Raychaudhuri). Although L. oregmae is employed in biological control programs against...
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Species of the genus Temelucha Förster, 1869 (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Cremastinae) in Iran are taxonomically overviewed. Sampling was done using Malaise traps and sweeping nets in natural grasslands, forests, orchards and field crops during 2013–2017. Fifteen species are recorded and reviewed, among them 5 species Temelucha albipennis (Zetterst...
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Pristomerus mirzakhaniae Zardouei & Rakhshani sp. nov., (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Cremastinae) is described based on a specimen discovered in the Eastern part of Iran. A key to the known species of the genus Pristomerus Curtis, 1836 in Iran and a distribution map of the Iranian species based on published data are provided.
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Biological invasion of aphids and other insects has been increased due to long distance commercial transportation of plant material. The bamboo-aphid-parasitoid association is strictly specific and even though it does not develop interactions with the local environment it should be listed as part of the fauna of southwestern Europe. On-going resear...
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Amyosoma chinense (Szépligeti, 1902), representing a new generic record is first recorded for the fauna of Iran. It was collected from North East of the country (North Khorasan province), quite far from its typical area of distribution. A diagnosis on the basis of the reliable morphological and morphometric characters is provided for the specimens...
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Gonatopodinae (Hymenoptera, Chrysidoidea, Dryinidae) of Iran, were taxonomically reviewed. A recent sampling in South-Eastern Iran has led to the identification of eight species belonging to three different genera, Echthrodelphax Perkins (one species), Gonatopus Ljungh (six species), and Haplogonatopus Perkins (one species). A new species, Gonatopu...
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The Iranian species of the genus Anomalon Panzer, 1804 (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Anomaloninae) are reviewed. Four species, Anomalon amseli (Hedwig, 1961), A. chinense (Kokujev, 1915), A. cruentatum (Geoffroy, 1785) and A. narinae Zardouei & Rakhshani sp. nov., are found to occur in Iran. The female of A. amseli is described for the first time. A...
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The genera Psilocera Walker and Stinoplus Thomson (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae, Pteromalinae) are recorded for the first time from Iran. They are represented by two species, Psilocera obscura Walker, 1833 and Stinoplus etearchus (Walker, 1848), respectively. First species was collected from central part (Isfahan Province) of Iran, by the Malaise-trap...
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231 species of the family Vespidae (Hymenoptera, Vespoidea) of Iran, in 55 genera belonging to 4 subfamilies Eumeninae (45 genera, 184 species), Masarinae (5 genera, 24 species), Polistinae (2 genera, 17 species) and Vespinae (3 genera, 6 species) are listed. An overall assessment of the distribution pattern of the vespid species in Iran indicates...
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The genus Harrizia Delucchi, 1962 is represented by a single species, Harrizia mira Delucchi, 1962. This is first record of H. mira from Iran in the border of Eastern Palaearctic region and also the first record of this genus from Asia. The specimens were collected from Sistan-o Baluchestan and Kerman provinces in the South East of Iran. Brief diag...
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The genus Latibulus Gistel, 1848 (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) is taxonomically reviewed in Iran. Specimens were collected using Malaise traps in the Isfahan province, during 2013–2015. Two species, Latibulus argiolus (Rossi, 1790) (spring form) and Latibulus orientalis (Horstmann, 1987) (summer form) are identified, of which L. orientalis is a new...
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The genera Ischyroptyx Delucchi, 1956 and Novitzkyanus Bouček, 1961 are first recorded from Iran. They are represented by two species, Ischyroptyx ligusticus (Masi, 1922) and Novitzkyanus cryptogaster Bouček, 1961, respectively. First species was collected from Northeast (North Khorasan Province) by sweeping net and the second species was collected...
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Stephanidae (Hymenoptera, Stephanoidea) are solitary idiobiont ectoparasitoids of wood boring insect larvae. Here we present two genera, i.e., Afromegischus van Achterberg, 2002 and Foenatopus Smith, 1861, and five species, i.e., A. gigas (Schletterer, 1889), F. bisignatus Aguiar & Jennings, 2010, F. crispus Aguiar, 2010, F. nimaarkanii Ghafouri Mo...
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A BSTR ACT. A survey was carried out on the genus Colotrechnus Thomson, 1878 (Hym., Pteromalidae) in North Eastern (North Khorasan) and South Eastern (Kerman) provinces of Iran. Two species including Colotrechnus subcoeruleus Thomson, 1878 and Colotrechnus viridis (Masi, 1921) were found, of which the first species is newly recorded from Iran. The...
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In this study, a total of 108 Aphidiinae species, belonging to 18 genera, associated with 240 aphid species in 16 countries of the Middle East and North Africa are reviewed. 743 host aphid-parasitoid associations are listed. New material was collected from various regions of Saudi Arabia during 2011–2013. Three species including Aphidius avenae Hal...
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Occurrence of the family Ismaridae Thomson is recorded for the first time from Iran, represented by a single species, Ismarus rugulosus Förster, 1850. A series of diagnostic characters and morphometric ratios for this species is presented, as well as a distribution map throughout the Holarctic region.
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Aphids in urban ecosystems, damage host plants directly by feeding on leaves, sucking up nutrients, and weakenig the host, resulting in yield reduction. The results of a study conducted in 2016 and 2017 on the interactions between population of the rose aphid, Macrosiphum rosae and the parasitoid wasps, Aphidius rosae and Lysiphlebus fabarum indica...
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Figure 3. The distribution map of Amyosoma chinense (Szépligeti, 1902). The year of first finding or introduction in a particular region is indicated by a shade of the corresponding colour. The regions where introduction occured are marked with an asterisk.
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Iranian species of the genus Erigorgus Forster, 1869 are taxonomically reviewed. The sampling was done using Malaise traps in Eastern provinces of Iran. Two species, Erigorgus cerinops (Gravenhorst, 1829) and Erigorgus fibulator (Gravenhorst, 1829) are reviewed, of which the second species represents occurrence of this genus in East of Iran. A brie...
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Biological control, as a major component of pest management strategies, uses natural biological agents to reduce pest populations. Studying the interaction among Aphis craccivora and its parasitoids including, Lysiphlebus fabarum, Binodoxys acalephae, and Aphidius matricariae in 2016 and 2017 in Tehran Parke-Shahr, showed positive, significant corr...
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The four species of the genus Diolcogaster Ashmead, 1900, present in Iran are reviewed. Field sampling was done during 2010 to 2016 in eastern and southeastern parts of Iran by various methods. The identity and morphological variability of D. alvearia (Fabricius), D. claritibia (Papp), D. mayae (Shestakov) and D. spreta (Marshall) were compared wit...
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A survey was conducted to study the fauna of the subfamily Aphidiinae (Hym., Braconidae) in Hormozgan province (Southern Iran). Specimens were collected using Malaise traps and sweep nets from various habitats during 2013–2016. A total of fiftheen species belonging to seven genera, Aphidius Nees, 1819 (7 species); Diaeretiella Starý, 1960 (1); Ephe...
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The species of the genus Yponomeuta Latreille (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutidae) are known as ermine moths and can be found on various host plant species, sometimes appearing as pests. They are attacked by a wide range of parasitoids. We studied parasitoid complexes of several communities in Austria, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia and Sweden during 2014–2018....
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Sampling surveys were conducted in various regions of SE to West of Iran to collect the Microgastrinae specimens during 2013–2016. Reliable diagnostic morphological characters were used for comparing and identification of variable specimens. Four species of Choeras Mason, 1981 (Braconidae: Microgastrinae) from Iran are revised; three are illustrate...
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Three species are reviewed. A new synonymy is proposed for Microcurgus Haupt, 1950 (=Micropompilus Priesner, 1955, syn. nov.). Microcurgus iraniensis Schmid-Egger sp. nov. is described and illustrated from South-Eastern Iran. A new combination is proposed for Microcurgus braconoides (Priesner, 1955), comb. nov. (from the genus Micropompilus). A key...
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An updated list of the Pompilidae (Hymenoptera) from Iran is presented. This catalogue contains species records that were published in a 128 years period from 1888 to 2016. In all, 162 species belonging to 41 genera and three subfamilies are recorded in Iran. The available data on distribution of each species in Iran (provinces), as well as the val...
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For a long period, the Iranian entomologists followed a rather narrow spectrum of methods to collect arthropods that are described in taxomomic papers. Recently, this knowledge gap was filled with the publication of a book entitled “Methods for Collecting Insects and other Terrestrial Arthropods”. The book efficiently describes 110 collecting metho...
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A revision of the Palaearctic genus Hoplocrotaphus Telenga, 1950 (Braconidae, Opiinae) is provided; H. hamooniae sp. n., is described and both sexes are illustrated. This genus is recorded for the first time in Iran and Turkmenistan. Illustrated redescriptions of all species are given. An identification key to the species is included.
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The invasion of local crops by aphids and the important damages caused by them have raised several questions that are linked to reducing these damages in Algeria. In this context, a survey was carried out on the Aphidiinae aphid parasitoids occured in this area has been done. Thirteen Aphidiinae species have been identified in the northwestern part...
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Members of the genus Lysiphlebus Foerster are medium-sized endoparasitoid aphidiine wasps with over 30 species distributed worldwide. They attack numerous aphid hosts, and some species are important biological control agents. All European Lysiphlebus species are revised based on sequence information from the mitochondrial COI barcoding gene and the...
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The sampling surveys were conducted in the northern Iran, using several Malaise traps, during 2010–2011. A single specimen of a rare root aphid parasitoid, Aclitus obscuripennis Förster, 1862 (Hym.: Braconidae: Aphidiinae) was identified among the collected specimens. This is the first record of the genus Aclitus in Iran and western Asian area. Acl...
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A taxonomic review was done on species of the rare subgenus Pauesiella Sedlag & Starý, of the genus Pauesia Quilis in the Palaearctic region. They are exclusively parasitoids of Cinara Curtis (Hemiptera, Aphididae, Lachninae) on the coniferous trees, both in natural habitats and urban areas. The studied specimens were collected either by rearing th...
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A BSTR ACT. The Iranian fauna of Eudorylini (Diptera, Pipunculidae) is reviewed. The new material were collected in Western (Kermanshah) and Eastern (North Khorasan, Khorasan-e Razavi, South Khorasan, Sistan-o Baluchestan) provinces during 2015-2016. In total, twenty species of Eudorylini belonging to four genera known from Iran are listed. Four sp...
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The genus Dasydorylas Skevington, 2001 is recorded from two provinces in Iran (Sistan-o Baluchestan and Kermanshah Provinces). Dasydorylas derafshani sp. nov. and D. zardouei sp. nov. are illustrated and characterized morphologically and by DNA barcoding of the mitochondrial COI gene. Eudorylas antennalis Kapoor, Grewal & Sharma, 1987 is transferre...
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A BSTR ACT. Several methods are using to collect insects from the environments, they are living in. The sweeping net is one of the commonly used equipment for collecting however the process of picking up the collected insects from net bag is laborious and time consuming job. In the present work we introduced a hand-held battery powered electric asp...
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A new mechanical innovation is described to deal with standard labelling of dried specimens on triangular cards and/or pinned specimens in personal and public collections. It works quickly, precisely, and easily and is very useful for maintaining label uniformity in collections. The tools accurately sets the position of labels in the shortest possi...