Fauna of Arabia
A continuous series on the animal life of Arabia

Patron: H.E. Dr Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel

Editors: Wilhelm Büttiker (†), Friedhelm Krupp, Iyad Nader, Wolfgang Schneider

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWCD), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Pro Entomologia, c/o National History Museum, Basle, Switzerland
Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Senckenberg, Frankfurt a/M, Germany

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The Arabian Peninsula lies at the intersection of three major biogeographic realms: the Palaearctic to the north, the Afrotropical to the west, and the Oriental to the east. Its recent geological past and the great variety of ist landscapes and climates are reflected in a complex natural history and a rich, diverse and unique fauna. The seas surrounding Arabia are among the most important repositories of biological diversity on earth. Fauna of Arabia, a continuous series on terrestrial, limnetic and marine zoology of the Arabian Peninsula, publishes original articles in the field of systematics, taxonomy, faunistics, zoogeography, ecology and environmental conservation in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the U.A.E., Oman and Yemen. The series, which started as Fauna of Saudi Arabia, was renamed in 1998 and since volume 17 has continued as Fauna of Arabia to reflect its geographical coverage.

Since 1979, over 400 eminent specialists from all over the world have contributed to the series, which has published many taxonomic revisions, faunal lists, synonymies, identification keys and detailed descriptions. More than 1450 taxa new to science have been described in this comprehensive and up-to-date reference work. Printed on glossy paper, hardbound in cloth with dust cover, the series contains numerous high-quality black-and-white and colour illustrations. Fauna of Arabia is useful to a wide range of scientists and environmental decision-makers interested in Arabia's natural history. It stimulates scholars of systematic zoology, biogeography, dryland ecology, limnology, subtropical and tropical marine biology and provides an authoritative factual basis for the conservation of Arabia's unique fauna.
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Next publication (in preparation):

Vol. 26 (Fishes of the Red Sea), expected publication: first half-year 2016
Special issue with more than 700 pages and approx. 1500 colour photos
The monograph is a taxonomic account of all ca. 1100 species of cartilaginous and bony fishes occurring in the Red Sea at depths above 200 m. Each species is described and illustrated.

Latest publication:

Vol. 25 (Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia), July 2010
ISBN: 978–3–929907–83–4
Switzerland: CHF 169.00 incl. postage
Rest of World: CHF 169.00 plus CHF 35.00 postage
Excerpt (photos)
Excerpt (p. 466-467)
Excerpt (p. 500-501)
Review "British Birds / British Trust for Ornithology"
Review "The Auk / American Ornithologists' Union"

Volumes 1 - 24:

  • Vol. 1, 1979, 372 + 16 pp.
    Zoological Survey, Scorpiones, Isoptera, Psocoptera, Thysanoptera, Hemiptera, Homoptera, Coleoptera, Strepsiptera, Neuroptera, Lepidoptera, Diptera.
    ISBN: 3-7234-0000-0

  • Price: CHF 153.00

  • Vol. 2, 1980, 443 pp.
    Zoological Survey, Pseudoscorpiones, Hydrachnellae, Odonata, Anoplura, Homoptera, Coleoptera, Strepsiptera, Neuroptera, Lepidoptera, Diptera, Mollusca, Gekkonidae, Arabian wolf, medical and applied zoology.
    ISBN: 3-7234-0001-9

  • Price: CHF 153.00

  • Vol. 3, 1981, 479 pp.
    Zoological Survey, Ixodoidea, Aranea, Orthoptera, Embiidina, Psocoptera, Sternorrhyncha, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera, birds, primates, mosquitos.
    ISBN: 3-7234-0002-7

  • Price: CHF 153.00

  • Vol. 4, 1982, 531 pp.
    Echinodermata, ticks, Mantodea, Isoptera, Psocoptera, Hemiptera, Coleoptera, Neuroptera, Lepidoptera, Diptera, Siphonaptera, Gekkonidae, pink-backed pelican, lesser kudu, Rodentia, striped hyena, medical, veterinary and applied zoology.
    ISBN: 3-7234-0003-5

  • Price: CHF 153.00

  • Vol. 5, 1983, 663 pp.
    Zoological Survey, remote sensing, Echinodermata, ticks, Coleoptera, Neuroptera, Lepidoptera, Diptera, freshwater fishes, camel, Echinococcus infections.
    ISBN: 3-7234-0004-3

  • Price: CHF 153.00

  • Vol. 6, 1984, 556 pp.
    Nature conservation, climate, marine ecology, helminth parasites, Tubificidae, Hirudinea, Acarina, Mantodea, Orthoptera, Odonata, Hemiptera, Homoptera, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera, parasitic arthropods, skinks, chameleons, birds, bats.
    ISBN: 3-7234-0005-1

  • Price: CHF 153.00

  • Vol. 7, 1985, 461 pp.
    Zoological Survey, coral reefs, Tubificidae, Acari, Isoptera, Hemiptera, Sternorrhyncha, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, fishes, amphibians, Carnivora.
    ISBN: 3-7234-0006-X

  • Price: CHF 153.00

  • Vol. 8, 1986, 461 pp.
    Tubificidae, Arachnida, Crustacea, Chilopoda, Heteroptera, Coleoptera, Trichoptera, Lepidoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, reptiles, Arabian ostrich.
    ISBN: 3-7234-0007-8

  • Price: CHF 153.00

  • Vol. 9, 1988, 477 pp.
    Nature conservation, Tubificidae, Sternorrhyncha, Coleoptera, Neuroptera, Lepidoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, Opisthobranchia, fishes, snakes of Arabia, birds.
    ISBN: 3-7234-0008-6

  • Price: CHF 153.00

  • Vol. 10, 1989, 454 pp.
    Zoological Survey, Tubificidae, Arachnida, Isopoda, Ephemeroptera, Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, Opisthobranchia, Red Sea fisches, reptiles, gazelles.
    ISBN: 3-7234-0009-4

  • Price: CHF 159.00

  • Vol. 11, 1990, 381 pp.
    Zoological Survey, Ephemeroptera, Odonata, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, Siphonaptera, Hymenoptera, Opisthobranchia, Pristurus, reef heron, mammals of Arabia.
    ISBN: 3-7234-0010-8

  • Price: CHF 159.00

  • Vol. 12, 1991, 419 pp.
    Corals of Arabia, Arachnida, Isopoda, Thysanura, Mantodea, Isoptera, Ephemeroptera, Coleoptera, Diptera, Polyplacophora, fishes, Agama, mammals.
    ISBN: 3-7234-0012-4

  • Price: CHF 159.00

  • Vol. 13, 1993, 400 pp.
    Rotifera, Arachnida, Chilopoda, Orthoptera, Odonata, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera, turtles of Arabia, Gekkonidae, birds, mammals.
    ISBN: 3-7234-0013-2

  • Price: CHF 159.00

  • Vol. 14, 1994, 454 pp.
    Scorpions, Dictyoptera, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, fishes of the Arabian Seas, reptiles, birds.
    ISBN: 3-7234-0014-0

  • Price: CHF 159.00

  • Vol. 15, 1996, 418 pp. (PDF, 34 KB)

  • Acari, Isopoda, Branchiopoda, Ocypode, Centipedia, Homoptera, Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, Echinodermata, fishes, birds.
    ISBN: 3-7234-0015-9
    Price: CHF 159.00

  • Vol. 16, 1997, 355 pp. (PDF, 33 KB)

  • Red Sea Xeniidae, Acari, Orthoptera, Odonata, Hemiptera, Homoptera, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, Diptera, Lobotidae.
    ISBN: 3-7234-0016-7
    Price: CHF 159.00

  • Vol. 17, 1998, 502 pp. (PDF, 31 KB)

  • Hemiptera, Coleoptera, Diptera, Portunidae of the Gulf, terrestrial and freshwater molluscs of Arabia, marine gastropods, Labridae, mammals of Yemen.
    ISBN: 3-7234-0017-5
    Price: CHF 159.00

  • Vol. 18, 2000, 407 pp. (PDF, 30 KB)

  • Ciliata, corals, molluscs, Crustacea, insects, fishes, reptiles, mammals
    ISBN: 3-7234-0018-3
    Price: CHF 159.00

  • Vol. 19, 2002, 515 pp. (PDF, 38 KB)

  • Contains first results on the Fauna of the Socotra Archipelago; Polychaeta, molluscs, Crustacea, Araneae, Coleoptera, Diptera, fishes, reptiles, mammals.
    ISBN: 3-929907-69-0
    Price: CHF 159.00

  • Vol. 20, September 2004 Special Issue on Socotra Archipelago

  • Corals, Chilopods, Crustaceas, Arachnids, insects, reptiles, birds.
    ISBN: 3-929907-72-0
    Switzerland: CHF 159.00 incl. postage
    Rest of World: CHF 159.00 plus CHF 35.00 postage

  • Vol. 21 March 2006

  • Zoological survey, Scorpiones, Arachnida, Thysanoptera, Hemiptera, Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, Diptera, Carnivora.
    ISBN: 3-929907-75-5
    Switzerland: CHF 159.00 incl. postage
    Rest of World: CHF 159.00 plus CHF 35.00 postage

  • Vol. 22, December 2006

  • Bryozoa, Polychaeta, Crustacea, Acari, Embiidina, Blattoptera, Neuroptera, Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, Diptera.
    ISBN: 3-929907-76-3
    Switzerland: CHF 159.00 incl. postage
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  • Vol. 23, July 2007

  • Corals, Polychaetes, Crustaceans, Arachnids, Insects, Vertebrates.
    ISBN: 978-3-929907-78-0
    Switzerland: CHF 159.00 incl. postage
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  • Vol. 24, May 2009

  • Mollusca, Amblypygi, Acari, Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, Diptera.
    ISBN: 978-3-929907-80-3
    Switzerland: CHF 159.00 incl. postage
    Rest of World: CHF 159.00 plus CHF 35.00 postage

  • Index to volumes 1 – 20, September 2005

  • ISBN: 3-929907-73-9
    Switzerland: CHF 159.00 incl. postage
    Rest of World: CHF 159.00 plus CHF 35.00 postage

  • Index 1-10
    ISBN: 3-7234-0011-6

  • Price: CHF 97.00

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    Comments on Fauna of Arabia

    'We are delighted to have all volumes of the Fauna of Arabia as a treasured addition to our library. What a wonderful series it is!'
    Dr. David I. Harrison, Sevenoaks

    '... Fauna of Arabia fills a major gap in the amount of information relating to many of the vertebrates and invertebrates found on the Arabian peninsula. It also contributes to the growing interest in the nature conservation concept and to the priority given for the preservation and development of wildlife populations in this region.'
    Dr. Kamal S. Al-Badry, Abu Dhabi

    'Best of success with your Fauna of Arabia; I have seen some of it and think it is beautiful and excellent!'
    Dr. Jeff Waage, Ascot, Berks

    'The fauna series is really an impressive work, aesthetically as well as scientifically.'
    Dr. A.E. Leviton, San Francisco

    'The reason I am writing is to congratulate you on the excellent scientific work and publications you have produced on the Fauna of Arabia.'
    Dr. A. Ismail, Geneva

    'I am again impressed with the very high standard of editing and production of this series, as well as the contents. Congratulations!'
    A.C. Pont, BMNH, London

    'Fauna of Arabia is an impressive work, both aesthetically and scientifically, and essential reading for all those who have a specific interest in the animal life of Arabia or, more generally, of the Middle East area.
    M.C. Jennings, Cambridge, UK

    'The Fauna of Arabia is a very important scientific and up-to-date source of knowledge for anybody or any organisation scientifically interested in the Arabian Peninsula.'
    Prof. Dr. A.S. Talhouk, Beirut

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    Call for Papers

    The Editors invite you to contribute original articles in the fields of systematic zoology, biogeography, dryland ecology, limnology, subtropical and tropical marine biology to Fauna of Arabia. Please contact them at the address mentioned below for the detailed Guidelines for Authors.

    Manuscripts should be sent to:
    Fauna of Arabia
    Dr. Friedhelm Krupp
    Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum
    Senckenberganlage 25
    D-60325 Frankfurt

    Phone: +49-69-7542.1255
    Fax: +49-69-7542.1253
    E-mail: F.Krupp@senckenberg.de

    All articles submitted will be peer-reviewed. No page charges apply. An e-print and 25 reprints of each paper are provided free of charge.

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