Contributions to the knowledge of Iranian aquatic polyphaga (Coleoptera) fauna

  title={Contributions to the knowledge of Iranian aquatic polyphaga (Coleoptera) fauna},
  author={{\"U}mit Incekara and Mustafa C. Darilmaz and Reza Vafaei and Ahmet Polat},
  journal={Turkish journal of entomology},
In this study, we established the presence of 42 aquatic beetle (Coleoptera: Hydrophiloidea) species belonging to 13 genera and 3 families(Helophoridae, Hydrochidae and Hydrophilidae) in Guilan, Mazandaran, Qazvin, Sanandaj and Tehran provinces of Iran. The specimens were collected between 2008 and 2009. Eleven species were recorded from Iran for the first time, and distributions in Iran and worldwide of these newly recorded species are presented. 
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