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Dr Alexi Popov. Photo: (c) S. Abadjiev
Dr Alexi Popov. Photo: (c) S. Abadjiev

Alexi Popov

(Associate Professor Dr)
phone: phone: (+359 2) 9885115 (ext. 714); e-mail:

Born: 7 May 1942, Sofia.
Education: Sofia University (1967).
Speciality: zoology.


Research interests


Zoology; entomology; faunistics, taxonomy, bionomy and autecology of the insect orders Neuroptera, Megaloptera and Raphidioptera in Palearctic; faunistics of the insect orders Orthoptera, Blattodea, Mantodea, Dermaptera, Odonata, Embioptera, Isoptera and Mecoptera in Bulgaria; zoogeography of the Western Palearctic; protection of entomofaunistical diversity, habitats and sites with rare insects; biospeleology; museum exhibitions, acquisition of scientific zoological collections.

Current projects


Hemerobiidae, Chrysopidae and Myrmeleontidae (Neuroptera) of Northern Europe
Catalogue of Megaloptera, Raphidioptera and Neuroptera of Denmark
The crickets (Orthoptera: Grylloidea) of Bulgaria
Chorology and origin of the orthopterid insects in Bulgaria
The orthopterid insects of the Western Rhodopes (Bulgaria and Greece)
The neuropterid insects of the Western Rhodopes (Bulgaria and Greece)
Comparison of the neuropterous faunas of the Balkan and Apennine peninsulas

Most recent publications


de Jong, Y., Kouwenberg, J., Boumans, L., Hussey, C., Hyam, R., Nicolson, N., Kirk, P., Paton, A., Michel, E., Guiry, M., Boegh, P., Pedersen, H., Enghoff, H., von Raab-Straube, E., Güntsch, A., Geoffroy, M., Müller, A., Kohlbecker, A., Berendsohn, W., Appeltans, W., Arvanitidis, C., Vanhoorne, B., Declerck, J., Vandepitte, L., Hernandez, F., Nash, R., Costello, M., Ouvrard, D., Bezard-Falgas, P., Bourgoin, T., Wetzel, F., Glöckler, F., Korb, G., Ring, C., Hagedorn, G., Häuser, C., Aktaç, N., Asan, A., Ardelean, A., Borges, P., Dhora, D., Khachatryan, H., Malicky, M., Ibrahimov, S., Tuzikov, A., De Wever, A., Moncheva, S., Spassov, N., Chobot, K., Popov, A., Boršić, I., Sfenthourakis, S., Kõljalg, U., Uotila, P., Olivier, G., Dauvin, J., Tarkhnishvili, D., Chaladze, G., Tuerkay, M., Legakis, A., Peregovits, L., Gudmundsson, G., Ólafsson, E., Lysaght, L., Galil, B., Raimondo, F., Domina, G., Stoch, F., Minelli, A., Spungis, V., Budrys, E., Olenin, S., Turpel, A., Walisch, T., Krpach, V., Gambin, M., Ungureanu, L., Karaman, G., Kleukers, R., Stur, E., Aagaard, K., Valland, N., Moen, T., Bogdanowicz, W., Tykarski, P., Węsławski, J., Kędra, M., M. de Frias Martins, A., Abreu, A., Silva, R., Medvedev, S., Ryss, A., Šimić, S., Marhold, K., Stloukal, E., Tome, D., Ramos, M., Valdés, B., Pina, F., Kullander, S., Telenius, A., Gonseth, Y., Tschudin, P., Sergeyeva, O., Vladymyrov, V., Rizun, V., Raper, C., Lear, D., Stoev, P., Penev, L., Rubio, A., Backeljau, T., Saarenmaa, H., Ulenberg, S., 2015. PESI — a taxonomic backbone for Europe. — Biodiversity Data Journal, 3: e5848. DOI: 10.3897/BDJ.3.e5848

Popov, A., Simov, N., Grozeva, S., 2013. Sixth European Hemiptera Congress. — In: Popov, A, Grozeva, S., Simov, N., Tasheva, E. (eds) Advances in Hemipterology. — ZooKeys 319: 1—10.

Stoev, P., Popov, A., Blagoev, G., Lazarov, S., 2009. Fifty years of devotion to spiders: a concise biography of Christo Deltshev, with a complete list of his publications and described taxa. — ZooKeys, 16: 1—26. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.16.238 [PDF]

Popov, A., Stoev, P., 2008. National Museum of Natural History. — NMNH—BAS, Sofia, 20 pp.

Popov, A., Chobanov, D., 2004. Dermaptera, Mantodea, Blattodea, Isoptera and Orthoptera of the Eastern Rhodopes (Bulgaria and Greece). — In: Beron, P., Popov, A. (eds). Biodiversity of Bulgaria. 2. Biodiversity of Eastern Rhodopes (Bulgaria and Greece). Pensoft & Nat. Mus. Natur. Hist., Sofia, 241—309.

Popov, A., 2004. The Ascalaphidae (Neuroptera) of the Balkan Peninsula. — Denisia, 13: 229—237.

Popov, A., 2002. Zoogeographical analysis of Neuroptera in Bulgaria. — Acta Zool. Acad. Sci. Hungaricae, 48, Suppl. 2: 271—280.

Popov, A., 2002. Neuropterida of Northern Europe. — Acta Zool. Acad. Sci. Hungaricae, 48, Suppl. 2: 281—291.

Popov, A., 2002. Autecology and biology of Nemoptera sinuata Olivier (Neuroptera: Nemopteridae). — Acta Zool. Acad. Sci. Hungaricae, 48, Suppl. 2: 293—299.

Popov, A., Deltshev, C., Hubenov, Z., Beshovski, V., Dobrev, D., Guéorguiev, B., 2000. Invertebrate fauna. — In: Popov, A., Meshinev, T. (eds). High mountain treeless zone of the Central Balkan National Park. Biological diversity and problems of its conservation. Sofia, Pensoft, 339—416. [PDF]


More complete list of publications — section e-Natura | Staff publications