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Azadbakhsh S.,Bandar Abbas | Rafi M.A.,National Insect Museum
Oriental Insects | Year: 2017

This paper presents the result of investigation of the ground beetles specimens that are stored in the National Insect Museum of Pakistan. A total of 38 species were identified, 12 species – Chlaenius (Chlaeniostenus) pulcher Nietner, 1857, Chlaenius (Chlaeniellus) koenigi Semenov, 1888, Chlaenius (Amblygenius) pretiosus Chaudoir, 1856, Chlaenius (Chlaenius) lafertei Guerin-Meneville, 1843, Chlaenius (Rhysotrachelus) nepalensis Hope, 183, Chlaenius (Chlaeniellus) cookei Andrewes, 1933, Loxoncus (Loxoncus) procerus (Schaum, 1858), Heteracantha depressa Brulle, 1834, Anomostomus orientalis Andrewes, 1923, Sericoda lissoptera (Chaudoir, 1854), Galerita (Galerita) orientalis Schmidt-Goebel, 1846, Anthia (Termophilum) duodecimguttata Bonelli, 1813 – are reported from Pakistan for the first time; in addition, the occurrence of several species in Pakistan was confirmed. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group


Mahmood R.,Honey bee Research Institute | Ahmad W.,Honey bee Research Institute | Rafque M.K.,Honey bee Research Institute | Sarwar G.,Honey bee Research Institute | Shahzad A.,National Insect Museum
Pakistan Journal of Zoology | Year: 2017

A study was conducted in twenty different managed and unmanaged apple orchards of Murree for determining relationship of different pollinator groups with crop yield. Apple is dependent on insect pollinators to set fruit. Farmers in Pakistan are generally not aware of pollination needs of apple. Results depicted a high population decline of Syrphids and Non-Apis bees. Syrphids were recorded as 12.65 to 13.85 per 250 fowers in 2013 but decreased in year 2014 by 7.82 to 7.88 per 250 fowers and Non-Apis bees was recorded as 6.15 to 7.59 per 250 fowers in 2013 which also decreased and recorded as 5.35 to 5.70 per 250 fowers in year 2014. The results showed the trends of increase in population of Apis mellifera and Apis cerana between 8.22 to 11.5 per 250 fowers in 2013 as compared to 1.12 to 13.92 per 250 fowers in 2014, whereas population of indigenous Apis cerana varied between 3.80 to 5.44 h per 250 fowers in 2013 as compared to year 2014 where it was recorded as 4.34 to 5.56 honey bees per 250 fowers. Apple fruits yield per tree ranged between 214.56 to 218.64 in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Average fruit weight varied between 124.84 to 127.34 g, average number of seeds varied between 7.95 to 7.73 seeds per fruit and yield per tree was recorded between 28.92 to 31.65 kg per tree. Number of Apple fruits per tree ranged between 145.72 to 164.58 in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Average fruit weight varied between 103.66 to 112.13 g and average number of seeds varied between 7.73 to 7.95 seeds per fruit and yield per tree was recorded between 17.34 to 21.78 kg per tree. Eighteen different species were recorded under 16 genus and 07 families. Ceratina hieroglyphica, Halictus subauratus, Osmia caerulescens were reported first time from Pakistan.. Copyright 2017 Zoological Society of Pakistan.


Din A.U.,National Insect Museum | Zia A.,National Insect Museum | Bhatti A.R.,National Insect Museum | Khan M.N.,Social science Research Institute
Pakistan Journal of Zoology | Year: 2013

A series of collection surveys conducted during two consecutive years (2011-12) to explore Odonata naiads of Potohar plateau revealed 34 species under 6 families and 21 genera. Specimens were collected from different aquatic habitats that include almost all sort of waters including static, flowing, acidic, alkaline, brackish or saline. Details showing valid names, collection localities, ecological observations, number of individual male/female collected are provided for each species. Copyright 2013 Zoological Society of Pakistan.


Umair M.,Pmas Arid Agriculture University | Zia A.,National Insect Museum | Naeem M.,Pmas Arid Agriculture University | Chaudhry M.T.,Barani Agricultural Training Institute
Pakistan Journal of Zoology | Year: 2012

Taxonomic work on ants has been badly neglected in Pakistan. Partially to redress this, adults of ants were collected from various localities of Potohar plateau of Punjab province, Pakistan during 2009-2010. Collection surveys revealed 21 species in 13 genera and 3 subfamilies. All the species are first time recorded from Pakistan. For each recorded species collection details along with habitat information is provided. Copyright 2012 Zoological Society of Pakistan.


Zia A.,National Insect Museum
Pakistan Journal of Zoology | Year: 2015

A new record to the Zygoptera fauna of Pakistan has been added by reporting Protosticta hearseyi from two different localities of the country. The genus also is a new record for Pakistan. P. hearseyi is a data deficient threatened species known earlier only from India. Detailed distribution and habitat description is provided to fill ecological information of the species. Diagnostic characters are also provided to facilitate identification for future taxonomists based on published description. Copyright 2015 Zoological Society of Pakistan.


Dow R.A.,Naturalis Biodiversity Center | Zia A.,National Insect Museum | Naeem M.,Pmas Arid Agriculture University | Rafi M.A.,National Insect Museum
Zootaxa | Year: 2014

Calicnemia fortis sp. nov. is described from Azad Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan and compared with other group 2 species of Calicnemia. Copyright © 2014 Magnolia Press.


Chaudhry M.T.,Agricultural Training Institute | Mohsin A.U.,Pmas Arid Agriculture University | Javed R.A.,Agricultural Training Institute | Zia A.,National Insect Museum | Bodlah I.,Pmas Arid Agriculture University
Iranian Journal of Science and Technology, Transaction A: Science | Year: 2015

The current status and distribution of the dragonflies (Anisoptera) of Pakistan were studied during 2005-2009. Two dragonfly species were identified for the first time from Pakistan. Among these, Rhodothemis rufa is a red, medium-sized dragonfly. Lamelligomphus biforceps is also reported for the first time from Pakistan and re-described owing to having minor taxonomic differences from that of Fraser's description. Some notes on the color, literature records and geographical distributions are summarized. © 2015, Shiraz University. All rights reserved.


PubMed | Naturalis Biodiversity Center, National Insect Museum and Pmas Arid Agriculture University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Zootaxa | Year: 2014

Calicnemia fortis sp. nov. is described from Azad Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan and compared with other group 2 species of Calicnemia.

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