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Dr Rostislav Bekchiev. Photo: (c) S. Abadjiev
Dr Rostislav Bekchiev. Photo: (c) S. Abadjiev

Rostislav Bekchiev

(Senior Assistant, Dr)
phone: (+359 2) 9885116 (ext. 662); e-mail:

Born: 10 March 1976.


Master of Sciense in Ecology and Entomology — Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’, Faculty of Biology, Department of Zoology and Anthropology, 2002. PhD student in Invertebrate zoology — Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’, 2003—2007.

Research interests

Taxonomy and faunistics of Pselaphinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Biomonitoring and Nature protection.

Current projects

Investigation and definition of High conservation value forest regarding the biodiversity aspect — part fauna — beetles, butterflies, amphibian and reptiles on the territory of: Ardino State Forest Management Unit (SFMU), Krumovgrad SFMU, Momchilgrad SFMU, Zhenda State Hunting Management Unit and Zlatograd SFMU. 2018—2019. WWF and NMNHS.

Most recent publications

Sabella, G., Bekchiev, R., Kostova, R., 2017. Pselaphinae (Coleoptera Staphylinidae) from Sicily and Calabria (Italy). Results from a short entomological expedition in April, 2015. — 3rd International Congress “Biodiversity, Mediterranean, Society”, September 4th—6th 2015, Volume 8. Biodiversity Journal, Noto-Vendicari (Italy). 185—192 pp. [PDF]

Bekchiev, R., Sivilov, O., Kostova, R., Lapeva-Gjonova, A., 2017. Distribution of Amorphocephala coronata (Germar, 1817) (Coleoptera: Brentidae) in Bulgaria. — ZooNotes, 104: 1—3. [PDF]

Bekchiev, R., 2017. Terestrial invertebrates — Coleoptera. — pp. 101—103. Ivanova, V. (ed.) Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystem Services of Wetlands in Bulgaria , IBER-BAS, Sofia. 185 pp.

Бекчиев, Р., Бешков, С., Арангелов, С., Киров, Д., 2017. Определител на животинските видове за оценка на гори с висока консервационна стойност. — WWF, София, 191 с. [PDF]

Kostova, R., Lazarov, S., Bekchiev, R., Goranov, S., Simov N., Beshkov, S., 2016. Soil and cave invertebrates from the village Gintsi area. — In: Speleological Studies of Caves in Godech Municipality (Part 1), Association of Speleoclubs in Sofia, Sofia, 39—50. [PDF]

Bekchiev, R., Hlaváč, P., 2016. New and interesting species of the genus Bryaxis Kugelann, 1794 (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Pselaphinae) from Croatia. — Zootaxa, 4144 (1): 109—116.

Yin, Z.-W., Coulon, G., Bekchiev, R., 2015. A new species of Pseudophanias Raffray from a cave in central Nepal (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae). — Zootaxa, 4048 (3): 446—450.

Savev, S., Borisov, M., Bekchiev, R., Kostova, R., Tsankov, N., Shurulinkov, P., Petrov, B., 2015. Old forests in Strandja Nature Park — conservation and sustainable management. — Directorate of Strandja Nature Park, Malko Tarnovo, 200 pp. (In Bulgarian).

Hristovski, S., Slavevska-Stamenković, V., Hristovski, N., Bekchiev, R., Chobanov, D., Dedov, I., Devetak, D., Karaman, I., Kitanova, D., Komnenov, M., Ljbomirov, T., Melovski, D., Pešić, V., Simov, N., 2015. Diversity of invertebrates in the Republic of Macedonia. — Macedonian Journal of Ecology and Environment, 17 (1): 5—44. [PDF]

Bekchiev, R., Guéorguiev, B., 2015. First purposive study of beetles (Coleoptera) from endogean environments in Bulgaria: collection sites and preliminary results. — Biodiversity Journal, 6 (1): 327—340. [PDF]

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