Dr. Nesrine Akkari


staff scientist


Phone:+43 1 52177-615
Fax: +43 1 52177-327

Ongoing projetcs

  • Revision of genus Ommatoiulus Latzel, 1884 in the Iberian Peninsula, with Prof. Henrik Enghoff (Copenhagen University, Denmark), Dr. José Gilgado Domingos (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain) and Dr. Ernesto Recuero (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Spain)
  •  Study of amber fossil millipedes, with Prof. Henrik Enghoff (Copenhagen University, Denmark) and Dr. Brian Metscher (University of Vienna)
  •  Diversity of Spirosterptida (Myriapoda, Diplopoda) in Madagascar, with Prof. Henrik Enghoff (Copenhagen University, Denmark)
  • Revision of the genus Eupolybothrus Verhoeff, 1907, with Msc. Ana Komerički (Croatian biospeleological society, Croatia) and Prof. Pavel Stoev (National History Museum, Sofia and Pensoft Publishers, Bulgaria)
  • Revision of the orders Geophilomorpha and Lithobiomorpha in North Africa.  With Dr. Stelios Simaiakis (Natural History Museum of Crete), Prof. Pavel Stoev (National History Museum, Sofia and Pensoft Publishers, Bulgaria), Dr. Karin Voigtländer (Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz, Germany)
  •  Lithobius: a big genus of a small subphylum (Arthropoda, Myriapoda) – phylogeny and evolutionary history with Dr. Greg Edgecombe (Natural History Museum of London, UK)
  • BIG4 - Biosystematics, informatics and genomics of the big 4 insect groups: training tomorrow's researchers and entrepreneurs"; funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under  the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 642241 http://big4-project.eu/show/about_11124/. In collaboration with the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), University of Lund (Sweden), Institute of Systematic Zoology and Evolutionary Biology, Jena (Germany), Pensoft Publishers (Bulgaria), ERA-7 Bioinformatics (Spain), Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic), Swedish Museum of Natural History (Sweden) and Sevantic Inc (Sweden) 
  • Digitisation of the primary types of Myriapoda collection, NHMW
  • Type catalogues Myriapoda of NHMW.
Education and Diplomas
PhD: 2010 Faculty of Sciences of Tunis. With honours and referees’ Compliments
MSc: 2005 Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, Ecology and Biology of populations. With highest score
BA: 2002 Faculty of Sciences of Tunis
MSc. Contribution à l’étude systématique et écologique des myriapodes de Tunisie. Ecologie & Biologie des populations, Université de Tunis El Manar, Tunis, 2005, 123 pp.
PhD. La faune des myriapodes (Arthropodes) de Tunisie: Diversité, taxonomie et affinités écobiogéographiques. Université de Tunis El Manar, Tunis, 2010, 202 pp.
Professional experience
June 2014-present Head of the myriapod collection, NHM-Wien
December 2013- June 2014 Guest researcher at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen
June 2012 – December 2013 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Natural History Museum
of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, funded by the Museum
June 2011– July 2012 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Natural History Museum
of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation
Dec. 2010 – June 2011 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Natural History Museum
of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, funded by the Museum
2005 – 2009 Teaching assistant, University of Tunis el Manar, Tunisia

North Africa, with caving experience
Austria, Carinthia 

Peer-reviewed publications

Hollier J, Schiller E, Akkari N. An annotated list of the Diplopoda described by Aloïs Humbert alone and with Henri de Saussure, and the Diplopoda from Saussure’s Mexico expedition. Revue Suisse de Zoologie. In press

Akkari N, Komerički A, Weigand AM, Edgecombe GD, Stoev P. A new cave centipede from Croatia, Eupolybothrus liburnicus sp. n., with notes on the subgenus Schizopolybothrus Verhoeff, 1934 (Chilopoda: Lithobiomorpha: Lithobiidae). ZooKeys 687: 11-43. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.687.13844

Golovatch S, Geoffroy JJ, Akkari N. 2017. Revision of the Vietnamese millipede genus Annamina Attems, 1937, with descriptions of three new species (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Paradoxosomatidae). Zookeys 669: 1-18. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.669.12561

Akkari N, Enghoff H. 2017. Revision of genus Ommatoiulus Latzel, 1884 in Portugal (Julida, Diplopoda) with description of six new species. European Journal of Taxonomy 295: 1-42. doi:  https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2017.295 

Simaikis MS, Akkari N, Zapparoli M. 2016. The centipedes of Peloponnisos with emphasis on Parnonas Mountain and first records of genus Eurygeophilus in the East Mediterranean (Chilopoda, Myriapoda). Zootaxa 4061 (4): 301-346.

Golovatch SI, Akkari N. 2016. Identity of the Millipede Pseudoniponiella kometis (Attems, 1938) (Diplopoda: Polydesmida: Cryptodesmidae). Tropical Natural History 16 (1): 1-6.

Stoev P, Akkari N, Komerički A, Edgecombe GD, Bonato L. 2015. At the end of the rope: Geophilus hadesi sp. n. – the world’s deepest cave-dwelling centipede (Chilopoda, Geophilomorpha, Geophilidae). In: Tuf IH, Tajovsk. K (Eds) Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Myriapodology, Olomouc, Czech Republic. ZooKeys 510: 95–114.doi: 10.3897/zookeys.510.9614

Akkari N, Enghoff H, Metscher BD. 2015. A New Dimension in Documenting New Species: High-Detail Imaging for Myriapod Taxonomy and First 3D Cybertype of a New Millipede Species (Diplopoda, Julida, Julidae). PLOS ONE 10 (8): e0135243. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0135243.

Akkari N, Enghoff H, Minelli A. 2014. Segmentation of millipede trunk as suggested by a homeotic mutant with six extra pairs of gonopods. Frontiers in Zoology 11: 6. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1742-9994-11-6
Stoev P, Komerički A, Akkari N, Liu S, Zhou X, Weigand AM, Hostens J, Porco D, Penev L. 2013. Transcriptomic, DNA barcoding, and micro-CT imaging data from an advanced taxonomic description of a novel centipede species (Eupolybothrus cavernicolus Komerički & Stoev, sp. n.). GigaScience. http://dx.doi.org/10.5524/100063

Stoev P, Komerički A, Akkari N, Liu S, Zhou X, Weigand AM, Hostens J, Hunter CH, Edmunds SC, Porco D, Zapparoli M, Georgiev T, Mietchen D, Roberts D, Faulwetter S, Smith V, Penev L. 2013. Eupolybothrus cavernicolus Komerički & Stoev sp. n. (Chilopoda: Lithobiomorpha: Lithobiidae): the first eukaryotic species description combining transcriptomic, DNA barcoding and micro-CT imaging data. Biodiversity Data Journal 1: e1013. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.1.e1013
Stoev P, Penev L, Akkari N, Cheung DK-B, Enghoff H, Brunke A, de Souza CM, Pape T, Mietchen D, Erwin T. 2013. Revolving images and multi-image keys open new horizons in descriptive taxonomy: ZooKeys working examples. ZooKeys 328: 1–3. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.328.6171
Cheung DK-B, Brunke AJ, Akkari N, Souza CM, Pape T. 2013. Rotational Scanning Electron Micrographs (rSEM): A novel and accessible tool to visualize and communicate complex morphology. ZooKeys 328: 47–57. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.328.5768
Akkari N, Cheung DK-B, Enghoff H, Stoev P. 2013. Revolving SEM images visualising 3D taxonomic characters: application to six species of the millipede genus Ommatoiulus Latzel, 1884, with description of seven new species and an interactive key to the Tunisian members of the genus (Diplopoda, Julida, Julidae). ZooKeys 328: 5–45. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.328.5763
Enghoff H, Akkari N & Pedersen, J. 2013. Aliquid novi ex Africa? Lamyctes africanus (Porath,1871) found in Europe (Chilopoda, Lithobiomorpha, Henicopidae). Journal of Natural History 41(31/32): 2071–2094. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00222933.2012.763062
Akkari N. 2013. On the identity of Julus rimosus Karsh, 1881 (Diplopoda, Julida, Julidae), the only schizophylline known from Libya (North Africa) and notes on Libyan millipedes. Zootaxa 3652(3): 392–396.

Matthew RG, Stoev P, Akkari N, Blagoev G, Fet V. 2012. Euscorpius sicanus (Scorpiones: Euscorpiidae) from Tunisia: DNA barcoding confirms ancient disjunctions across the Mediterranean Sea. Serket 13 (1/2): 16–26.

Akkari N, Enghoff H. 2012. Rharodesmus tabarkensis n. sp., a new pyrgodesmid from Tunisia (Diplopoda: Polydesmida). Zootaxa 3195: 68.

Akkari N, Enghoff H. 2012. Review of the genus Ommatoiulus in Andalusia, Spain (Diplopoda: Julida) with description of ten new species and notes on a remarkable gonopod structure, the fovea. Zootaxa 2528: 1–53.

Enghoff H, Akkari N. 2011. A callipodidan cocoon (Diplopoda, Callipodida, Schizopetalidae). International Journal of Myriapodology 5: 49–53. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/ijm.5.1995  
Akkari N, Enghoff H. 2011. The genus Rharodesmus – a tropical element in the North African millipede fauna: a new species from Tunisia and notes on the family Pyrgodesmidae (Diplopoda: Polydesmida). Zootaxa 2985: 55–63.
Akkari N, Enghoff H. 2011. Copulatory-copulatory male succession and male slenderness in Ommatoiulus sempervirilis n. sp., a new insular millipede from Tunisia (Diplopoda: Julida: Julidae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 49 (4): 285–291. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0469.2011.00625.x

Akkari N, Enghoff H. 2011. On some surface structures of potential taxonomic importance in families of the suborders Polydesmidea and Dalodesmidea (Polydesmida, Diplopoda). ZooKeys 156: 1–24. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.156.2134

Akkari N, Stoev P, Enghoff H. 2011. Two new cavernicolous genera of Julidae (Diplopoda, Julida), with notes on the tribe Brachyiulini and on julid subanal hooks and anchors. ZooKeys 114: 1–14. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.114.1490  

Stoev P, Akkari N, Blagoev G, Zapparoli M, Enghoff H, Penev L, Georgiev T. 2010. The centipede genus Eupolybothrus Verhoeff, 1907 (Chilopoda: Lithobiomorpha) in North Africa, with description of a new cave-dwelling species and interactive key to all species in the genus. ZooKeys 50: 29–77. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/Zookeys.50.504

Stoev P, Zapparoli M, Enghoff H, Golovatch S, Akkari N, Barber A. 2010. Myriapods (Myriapoda). Chapter 7.2. In: Roques A et al. (Eds) Alien terrestrial arthropods of Europe. BioRisk 4(1): 97–130. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/biorisk.4.51

Akkari N, Enghoff H, Stoev P, Mauriès J-P. 2010. On the identity of Basigona lucasii Silvestri, 1896, a poorly known millipede from North Africa, and notes on North African Chordeumatida (Diplopoda, Chordeumatida, Chamaesomatidae). Zootaxa 2427: 64–68.

Golovatch S, Mauriès J-P, Akkari N, Stoev P, Geoffroy J-J. 2009. The millipede genus Glomeris Latreille, 1802 (Diplopoda, Glomerida, Glomeridae) in North Africa. ZooKeys 12: 47–86. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.12.179

Akkari N, Stoev P, Enghoff H, Nouira S. 2009. The millipede order Julida (Myriapoda: Diplopoda) in Tunisia, with an overview of the North African species. Soil Organisms 81 (3): 453–488

Akkari N, Stoev P, Lewis JGE. 2008. The Scolopendromorph centipedes (Chilopoda, Scolopendromorpha) of Tunisia: taxonomy, distribution and habitats. ZooKeys 3: 77–102. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.3.51

Akkari N, Enghoff H. 2008. Cylindroiulus mitta n. sp., a new Tunisian millipede (Diplopoda, Julida: Julidae) and notes on the Cylindroiulus distinctus group. Zootaxa 1768: 61–68.

Akkari N, Enghoff H. 2008. Notes on the genus Afropachyiulus Schubart, 1960 (Diplopoda: Julida: Julidae) with description of a new species from Algeria. Zootaxa 1872: 29–36.

Akkari N, Voigtländer K. 2007. Ommatoiulus malleatus n. sp., a new Tunisian millipede, with notes on the punicus species group of Ommatoiulus (Diplopoda, Julidae). Zootaxa 1400: 59–68.


Biosystematics, phylogeny and evolution of Myriapoda, cybertaxonomy, functional morphology, millipedes (Diplopoda), centipedes (Chilopoda)
Professional societies
Councilor of Centre International de Myriapodologie (CIM)
Member of Mediterranean Small Islands initiative (PIM)
Member of Association des Amis des Oiseaux (AAO)

Subject editor
African Invertebrates
Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien

Reviewer for
Biodiversity Data Journal
European Journal of Taxonomy
Journal of Arthropod Structure and Development
Journal of Natural History

Organization of workshops and conferences
Organizer of the workshop “Morphology of Invertebrates: 3D imaging and novel approaches in Biosystematics”, May 8th- 14th, 2017. BIG4 Project. Natural History Museum Vienna. 60 participants. https://anne-sarahganske.wixsite.com/big4workshopvienna

Proficiency of several languages
Arabic (first language), French (fluent), English (fluent), Italian (fair), German (fair), Danish (first module)