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Volume 1 (1986) consists of “short communications” without abstracts.
Preface to the first volume of the journal:
For zoologists, and not only for them, the Middle East is a very special region. Its geographic situation is characterised by two contrasting features: on the one hand this region of approximately 8 million square kilometers – slightly smaller than Europe – is nearly an island, surrounded by former or still existing seas; on the other hand it is a transitional area between three continents. It also contains a very rieh variety of habitats, some of them unique in the worid. All this is reflected in an outstanding fauna, resulting from the isolation, ecological variety, and faunal exchange cited.
Thus the fauna of the Middle East may be used as a model in many respects, a model which is surprisingly little known despite the efforts of hundreds of zoologists and interested laymen of all periods since antiquity. Our aim, in the long term, therefore, is to improve the situation both regarding reliable information on the facts and for scientific causal analysis.
In so doing, we are faced with a special problem which we hope to solve with this booklet, which may hopefully develop into a periodical.
The problem is that short contributions in “classical” zoology, although of scientific interest and of a high standard of writing, are at times not printed due to the lack of a suitable journal. The traditional zoology periodicals are usually not interested. Publication in local journals in Middle East countries in local languages does not really amount to “publication” in the strict sense of the word. Publication, on the other hand, in local journals of Europe or North America, again makes the results inaccessible, especially for our Middle East colleagues.
We are therefore trying to establish an international forum. It is aimed at short communications on morphology, zoogeography, faunistics, systematics, animal biology, and ecology, serving both orientais and occidentals. To keep a certain standard, the contributions are refereed.
Like this first volume, the following are also intended to cover all animal taxa. This time vertebrates dominate; in the future we hope to present a well balanced programme. Frequency and volume of subsequent editions depend solely on the interest and participation of authors as well as readers. We trust in both.
Heidelberg and Mainz, November 5th, 1986