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Volume :38 Issue : 1 2011      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Recent insect fauna recorded in Kuwait

Auther : WASMIA AL-HOUTY

Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, Kuwait University, P.O.Box 5969 Safat 13060, Kuwait.

E-mail: w.alhouty@ku.edu.kw

ABSTRACT

Due to the Iraqi invasion and the subsequent Gulf War to liberate Kuwait, there have been adverse impacts on the environment which changed the habitats that existed in Kuwait, affecting the fauna and flora of the country. A general survey of insects collected from January 1992 to December 2009 resulted in the addition of 174 species representing 146 genera. When added to the previous published checklist published in 1997, the total insect species recorded from Kuwait is now 648 species belonging to 489 genera in 127 families and 21 orders. Two species belonging to two genera in one family and one order are wingless (Apterygota) and the remaining 646 species are winged (Pterygota). Of these, 145 species belonging to 123 genera in 42 families and 12 orders are exopterygota, while the remaining 501 species belonging to 364 genera in 48 families and 8 orders are endopterygota.

Keywords: Kuwait, Insects, Apterygota, Pterygota.

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