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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) 9885115 (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

‘Faunistic and ecological investigations of subfamily Pselaphinae (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) on Vitosha mountain’, 2004, Scientific research fund of Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’, contract No 29/2004
‘Investigation and assessment of the biological diversity of the Mantaritsa and Kupena Reserves’ (Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science), 2005-2008, No. VU-B-8/05.
‘First investigation of superficial subterranean environment (MSS) in Bulgaria: Comparative analysis of fauna in karstic and silicate regions based on selected groups of invertebrate animals’ (Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science), 2008-2009, No B-1523/05.
‘Assessment of forest communities of conservation importance based on invertebrate indicator groups in the Belasitsa Mountain (Bulgaria and Republic of Macedonia)’ (Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science), 2007-2009. Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, No BM06/07.
IUCN-International Union for Conservation of Nature: Red List of Saproxylic Beetles in Europe, 2008-2009 — for Bulgaria.
Investigation of model epigeobiont and geobiont animal groups as a potential for long-term monitoring and conservation of the biodiversity in Strandja Mountain (Bulgaria and Turkey) — Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, 2009 — 2011, No DVU01-116.

Most recent publications

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.

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]

Bekchiev, R., Brachat, V., Anlas, S., Özgen, I., Yağmur, E. A., Örgel, S., Gjonov, I., Kostova, R., 2015. Contribution to the Pselaphinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) of Anatolia, Turkey. — Acta zoologica bulgarica, 67 (3): 319—324. [PDF]

Yin, Z.-W., Bekchiev, R., Li, L.-Z., 2014. A new species of Lasinus Sharp (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae) from East China. — Zootaxa, 3764 (5): 597—600.

Sabella, G., Bekchiev, R., 2014. A New Species of Tychus Leach, 1817 of the Armeniacus species Group (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Pselaphinae)from Greece. — Acta zoologica bulgarica, 66 (3): 313—315. [PDF]

Langourov, M., Lazarov, S., Stoev, P., Guéorguiev, B., Deltshev, C., Petrov, B., Andreev, S., Simov, N., Bekchiev, R., Antonova, V., Ljubomirov, T., Dedov, I., Georgiev, D., 2014. New and interesting records of the MSS and cave fauna of Vitosha Mt., Bulgaria. — Proceedings of Balkan Speleological Conference 'Sofia’2014', Sofia, Bulgaria, 28—30 March 2014. Caving Club 'Helictite' — Sofia, pp. 66—76. [PDF]

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