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Dr Mario Langourov, entomologist. Photo: (c) Nikolay Simov
Dr Mario Langourov, entomologist. Photo: (c) Nikolay Simov

Mario Langourov

(Associate Professor Dr)
phone: (+359 2) 9885116; e-mail:

Born 10 July 1971, Sofia. Entomologist.


Secondary education (1985—1989): National High School for Natural Sciences and Mathematics ‘Acad. L. Chakalov’
MSc (Entomology) (1989—1995): Department of Zoology and Anthropology, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University
Dr (Entomology) (2001): Institute of Zoology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences [thesis: Faunistical, ecological, and zoogeographical investigations on family Phoridae (Diptera, Brachycera) from Vitosha Mountain]

Research interests

Taxonomy and systematics of Phoridae (Diptera); butterflies of the Balkan Peninsula and Asia Minor; biodiversity, conservation problems of invertebrates.


Albania (1994); Turkey, from Anatolia and the Taurus system to the Pontic Mountains (1996), Italy (2005) and many others around the Balkans (Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Montenegro).

Most recent publications

Simov, N., Toshkova, N., Langourov, M., 2022. An unexpected guest in the winter: first record of Aradus bimaculatus Reuter, 1872 (Hemiptera: Aradidae) for the Balkan fauna. — Historia naturalis bulgarica, 44 (9): 91—95. [PDF] doi:10.48027/hnb.44.091

Langourov, M., Simov, N., Abadjiev, S., 2022. The invasion continues: Hierodula tenuidentata (Mantodea), Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera) and Pelopidas thrax (Lepidoptera) already on the island of Alonnisos. — Historia naturalis bulgarica, 44 (11): 137—144. [PDF] doi:10.48027/hnb.44.112

Langourov, M., Raeburn, H., 2022. A new locality of the violet copper Lycaena helle ([Denis et Schiffermüller], 1775) on the Balkan Peninsula. — Historia naturalis bulgarica, 44 (6): 41—44. [PDF] doi:10.48027/hnb.44.061

Langourov, M., 2022. Butterflies of Bulgaria. Photographic field guide. — National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, 355 pp. [PDF]

Simov, N., Langourov, M., Sakalian, V., Bozukov, V., 2021. First fossil jewel beetle (Insecta: Coleoptera: Buprestidae) from Middle Miocene deposits in Bulgaria. — Historia naturalis bulgarica, 42: 31—34. [PDF] doi:10.48027/hnb.42.052

Simov, N., Langourov, M., Pavlova, A., Hubenov, Z., Bozukov, V., 2021. First record of fossil Diptera (Insecta) in Miocene deposits in Bulgaria. — Comptes rendus de l’Académie bulgare des Sciences 74 (2): 233—240. doi:10.7546/CRABS.2021.02.10 [PDF]

Langourov, M., Simov, N., Abadjiev, S., 2021. Three species of butterflies new for the North Aegean Island of Lemnos (Greece). — Historia naturalis bulgarica, 42: 79—86. [PDF] doi:10.48027/hnb.42.101

Langourov, M., 2021. Scuttle flies (Diptera: Phoridae) of Vitosha Mt (Bulgaria) — Historia naturalis bulgarica, 43 (1): 1—24. [PDF] doi:10.48027/hnb.43.011

Koynova, T. V., Valkova, S. I., Simov, N. P., Langourov, M. S., Natchev, N. D., 2021. Data on the Stomach Content Analysis and Fat-body Morphology in the Agile Frog (Rana dalmatina Fitzinger in Bonaparte, 1838) during the Mating Season in Bulgaria. — Ecologia Balkanica, 13 (1): 27—33. [PDF]

Langourov, M., 2020. A new species of Triphleba Rondani (Diptera: Phoridae) from Kyrgyzstan with some other scuttle flies from the region. — Ecologica Montenegrina, 29: 34—39. [PDF]

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