Dr. Nesrine Akkari


Curator of the Myriapod Collection, researcher


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

Main Grants and Research funding

European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant. Project BIG4 - Biosystematics, informatics and genomics of the big 4 insect groups: training tomorrow's researchers and entrepreneurs": Beneficiary - in collaboration with 9 European institutions and 11 partners coordinated by Assoc. Prof. Alexey Solodovnikov (Copenhagen University). ca. 3.885.250 euro. http://big4-project.eu/news/
The Carlsberg Research Foundation, Denmark: Postdoctoral salary (12 months)
Natural History Museum of Denmark Postdoc salary: (24 months)
Millipeet fund. Field Museum Chicago: Field trip, March 2008 in Tunisia
Synthesys Project:  Ca. 50 days in several European Museums (AT-TAF, DK-TAF, ES-TAF, FR-TAF)
Senckenberg Naturkundemuseum Görlitz: Research stays 2005-2008.


Education and Diplomas
Ph.D. 2010 Faculty of Sciences of Tunis. With honors and referees’ compliments
MSc. 2005 Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, Ecology, and Biology of populations. With the highest score
BA. 2002 Faculty of Sciences of Tunis
MSc. “Contribution à l’étude systématique et écologique des myriapodes de Tunisie”. Ecologie et Biologie des populations. University of Tunis 2005, 123 pp.
PhD. “La faune des myriapodes (Arthropodes) de Tunisie: Diversité, taxonomie et affinités écobiogéographiques”. University of Tunis 2010, 202 pp.
Professional experience
June 2014 – present: Head of the Myriapod Collection at the Natural History Museum Vienna
2017- present guest lecturer at the University of Vienna, Department of Integrative Zoology.

December 2013 – June 2014: Guest researcher at the Natural History Museum of Denmark (NHMD), University of Copenhagen
June 2012 – December 2013: Postdoctoral Researcher, NHMD, University of Copenhagen
June 2011– July 2012: Postdoctoral Researcher, NHMD, University of Copenhagen
Dec. 2010 – June 2011: Postdoctoral Researcher, NHMD, University of Copenhagen
2005 – 2009: Part-time Assistant Professor, University of Tunis

North Africa
South-East Asia, Thailand
Austria: Carinthia; Styria

Peer-reviewed publications 


Ganske A-S, Edgecombe G, Akkari N. In press. Morphology of the mandibles and the first maxillae in the family Lithobiidae (Myriapoda, Chilopoda), with remarks on their phylogenetic significance. Journal of Morphology.

Akkari N, Mauriès JP. In press. A review of the family Trichopolydesmidae in North Africa with a description of a new species from Tunisia. ZooKeys.

Akkari N, Ganske A-S. 2018. Two centipedes new to the fauna of La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain) and notes on the Lithobiomorpha of the island (Chilopoda, Myriapoda). Biodiversity Data Journal 6: e26746. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.6.e26746

Akkari N, Ganske A-S, Komerički A, Metscher B. 2018. New avatars for Myriapods: Complete 3D morphology of type specimens transcends conventional species description (Myriapoda, Chilopoda). PLoS ONE 13(7): e0200158. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0200158

Akkari N, Gilgado JD, Ortuño VM, Enghoff H. 2018. Out of the dark void: Ommatoiulus longicornis n. sp., a new julid from Spain (Diplopoda, Julida) with notes on some troglobiomorphic traits in millipedes. Zootaxa 4420 (3): 415-429.

Ganske A-S, Edgecombe GD, Akkari N. 2018. The peristomatic structures as a source of systematic characters in the genus Lithobius Leach, 1814 (Myriapoda, Chilopoda). In: Stoev P, Edgecombe GD (Eds) Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Myriapodology, Krabi, Thailand. ZooKeys 741: 49-75. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.741.21706

Hollier J, Schiller E, Akkari N. 2017. 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 124 (2): 203-224.

Akkari N, Komerički A, Weigand AM, Edgecombe GD, Stoev P. 2017. 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)
Projektpraktikum Arthropoda – Morphologie und Evolution. The University of Vienna. Guest lecturer, Winter semester since 2017.

Baupläne. The Myriapoda. The University of Vienna. Guest lecturer,  Winter semester since 2017.

Dynamics of population/Biodiversity 2006-2008; Entomology 2005-2007; Biology of reproduction 2007-2008 Biodiversity. With the preparation of teaching materials and exams evaluation. 1st and 2nd level. Institut Supérieur des Sciences Biologiques et Appliquées de Tunis, University Tunis El Manar.

Supervision and tuition of trainees, BSc, Ph.D., and Postdocs

Adam Brunke, post-doc. Diversity and integrated phylogeny of a megadiverse beetle lineage (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Staphylinini) using data from the micro-CT reconstruction of amber fossils. Postdoc. June 1st - 2015- May 30th, 2016.

Ph.D. students
Anne-Sarah Ganske. Lithobius: A big genus of a small subphylum (Arthropoda, Myriapoda) - phylogeny and evolutionary history. Ph.D., ongoing since 2017.

BSc. students
Simon Züger. Comparative morphology of the millipede genitalia of the orders Julida, Spirostreptida and Spirobolida (Myriapoda: Diplopoda). Bsc. November 2017- March 2018.

Zita Roitmair. Comparative morphology of microstructures of the mandibles in genus Lithobius Leach, 1814 (Myriapoda: Chilopoda, Lithobiidae). November 2017- March 2018.

BSc. Michel Hilgert. Identification of millipedes from various field trips. Ongoing since November 2017.

Ms. Johanna Xenia Zhuber-Okrog. Collection management and digitization. July 2016-September 2016.
BSc. Oliver Macek. Digitisation and microphotography of primary types of Myriapoda (orders Spirostreptida and Spirobolida). Ongoing since January 2016. 

Scientific Committees 
Synthesys User Selection Panel: Evaluation of applications: DK TAF 2015; AT-TAF 2015.
Evaluation of several scientific project proposals.
Professional societies
Coordinator of Cluster “Myriapoda & Basal Hexapods”, Austrian Barcode of Life (ABOL)
Member of the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF)
Member of the council of the “Centre International de Myriapodologie” (CIM)
Member of the Network of Biological Systematics, Austria (NOBIS)

Synergistic activities

Editor in chief. Annalen des Naturhistorisches Museum Wien
Subject editor: African Invertebrates; Zookeys; Soil Organisms.
Reviewer: Biodiversity Data Journal; European Journal of Taxonomy; Journal of Arthropod Structure and Development; Journal of Natural History; Journal of Paleontology; Zootaxa; Zookeys, etc.
Online databases: Millibase – editor for order Julida.

International conferences, chairing and Invited Talks

Conferences and international meetings
More than 25 international scientific meetings between 2005-2018, where I presented 8 posters and over 20 oral presentations.

Invited talks
11 invited talks on various topics in Denmark, Germany, Grece, Romania, Spain, Thailand, Tunisia.

Acting as chairperson in several international conferences. 

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

Popular sicence 
Ganske A-S, Akkari N. 2018. An der Schwelle zur Kunst. Das Naturhistorische: das Magazin des NHM in: Universum,9: 108-109.

Akkari N. 2016. A new dimension in documenting a new species. Centre International de Myriapodologie [CIM], Newsletter (March 2016): 20-23.

Akkari N, Stagl V. 2015. Am Weg zum Mittelpunkt der Erde. Geophlius hadesi, ein höhlenbewohnender Hundertfüßer mit Tiefenrekord. Das Naturhistorische: das Magazin des NHM in: Universum, 9: 14.

Akkari N, Sattmann H. 2014. Tausendfüßer: Moderne Forschung & alte Sammlung. Das Naturhistorische: das Magazin des NHM in: Universum, 12: 12.

Outreach activities
Leading ‘behind the scene’ tours in the collections of Natural History Museum Vienna.
Tuition of students and visitors in the Myriapod collection.

Arabic (first language), French (fluent), English (fluent), Italian (fair), German (fair), Danish (first module)