Nesrine Akkari

Curator of the collection Myriapoda / staff scientist
Phone: +43 1 52177-615

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

Peer-reviewed publications 

64. Antić D, Wesener T & Akkari N. 2024 Natural history collections help resurrecting Glomeris herzogowinensis Verhoeff, 1898 and further clarify the nomenclature of two Onychoglomeris subspecies of Attems (Diplopoda, Glomerida, Glomeridae). Zoosystematics and evolution. Accepted

63. Golovatch S & Akkari N. 2024. New records of the millipede genus Aschistodesmus Pocock, 1898 from the Solomon Islands, Melanesia (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Paradoxosomatidae). Arthropoda Selecta. Accepted

62. Akkari N, Macek Oliver & Edgecombe G. 2024. Rediscovery and redescription of Lithobius iranicus Attems, 1951 from Iran (Chilopoda, Lithobiomorpha). Zootaxa 5424(4): 401–422.

61. Enghoff H & Akkari N. 2024. A new species of Lophostreptus Cook, 1895 discovered among syntypes of L. regularis Attems, 1909 (Diplopoda, Spirostreptida, Spirostreptidae). ZooKeys 1188: 265-274. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1188.115802

60. Akkari N, Macek Oliver & Stoev P. 2023. A revision of the millipede family Paracortinidae (Diplopoda, Callipodida). ZooKeys 1187: 341–399. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4211.1.1

59. Antić D, Akkari N. 2023. The genus Inversotyphlus Strasser, 1962, stat. nov. and Inversotyphlus ammirandus sp. nov., a new bizarre, highly modified troglobiotic millipede (Diplopoda, Julida, Julidae) from Albania, Balkan Peninsula. ZooKeys 1184: 65–80. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1184.113498

58. Wesener T, Moriz L & Akkari N (2023) Integrative redescription of the sucking millipede genus Dawydoffia Attems, 1953, with a description of a new species and a transfer to the family Hirudisomatidae (Diplopoda, Polyzoniida). Zootaxa 5263(3):411-429. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.5263.3.6.

57. Akkari N & Reip H. 2023. Ommatoiulus ktarii, a new millipede from Tunisia and considerations on the taxonomy of the genus (Diplopoda, Julida, Julidae). Zootaxa 5231 (2): 183–191. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.5231.2.5

56. Roithmair Z, Edgecombe GD, Wanninger A & Akkari N. 2023. Sexually dimorphic characters of the ultimate legs in lithobiid centipedes (Myriapoda, Chilopoda, Lithobiomorpha): morphology and implications for reproductive behaviour. Journal of Morphology 2023 Feb;284(2):e21549. 

55. Enghoff H., & Akkari N. 2022. A new species of the hitherto monospecific genus Pleonoporus Attems, 1938 (Diplopoda, Spirostreptida, Odontopygidae). ZooKeys 1117, 189–202. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1117.87765

54. Antić D., Vagalinski B., Stoev P., & Akkari N. 2022. A review of the cavernicolous Trichopolydesmidae (Diplopoda, Polydesmida) from the Carpathian-Balkan arch and the Rhodope Mountains, with descriptions of two new genera and three new species. ZooKeys,1097, 1–46. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1097.83916

53. Antić D, Šević M, Macek O, Akkari N. 2021. Review of Trachysphaera Heller, 1858 (Diplopoda: Glomerida: Glomeridae) in Serbia, with taxonomic notes on the genus. Zootaxa 5047 (3): 273–299. Doi: 10.11646/ZOOTAXA.5047.3.3.

52. Golovatch S, Akkari N, Goud J, Telnov D. 2021. Review of the Papuan millipede genus Acanthiulus Gervais, 1844 (Diplopoda: Spirobolida: Pachybolidae). In: Telnov, D. et al. (eds) 2021: Biodiversity, Biogeography and Nature Conservation in Wallacea and New Guinea, IV. (2021): 91–106.

51. Antić D, Akkari N. 2020. Haasea Verhoeff, 1895—a genus of tumultuous history and chaotic records—redefinition, revision of taxonomy and geographic distributions, with descriptions of two new species from Austria and Serbia (Diplopoda, Chordeumatida, Haaseidae). Zootaxa 4798 (1): 001-077. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.4798.1.1 (monograph)
50. Bodner M, Gruber J, Akkari, N. 2020. Checklists of the Austrian Fauna, No. 10.  Julida (Myriapoda: Diplopoda). Biosystematics and Ecology Series 34. 1 -17. https://doi.org/10.1553/BiosystEcolSer/Julida

49. Vathera V, Stoev P, Akkari N. Five million years in the darkness: A new troglomorphic species of Cryptops (Chilopoda: Scolopendromorpha) from Movile Cave, Romania. 
doi: 10.3897/zookeys.1004.58537

48. Mayane Pacheo Fonesca R, Akkari N, Bichuette ME, Amazonas C-J. 2020. On the identity of the centipede Sogona cyclareata Attems, 1947 (Geophilomorpha, Geophilidae). Zootaxa 4852 (5): 571-577.doi: 10.11646/ZOOTAXA.4852.5.5

47. Pimvitchai P, Akkari N, Semenyuk I, Constant J, Enghoff H.2020. Strikingly coloured new giant millipede from Vietnam has copycat in Borneo (Diplopoda, Spirostreptida, Harpagophoridae). European Journal of Taxonomy 722: 1-15. https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2020.722.1129

46. Edgecombe GD, Akkari N., Netherlands E, Du Preez G. 2020. A troblobitic species of the centipede Cryptops (Chilopoda: Scolopendromorpha) from northwestern Botswana. ZooKeys 977: 25-40. https://doi. org/10.3897/zookeys.977.57088

45. Ganske A-S, Vathera V, Dányi L, Edgecombe G, Akkari N. 2020. Phylogeny of of Lithobiidae Newport, 1844, with emphasis on the megadiverse genus Lithobius Leach, 1814 (Myriapoda, Chilopoda). Cladistics. Early View. https://doi.org/10.1111/cla.12431
44. Neumann B, Akkari N, Reip H, Hammel JO, Neubert D. 2019. Inside the head of a cybertype – 3D reconstruction of the head muscles of Ommatoiulus avatar Akkari and Enghoff, 2015 (Diplopoda: Juliformia: Julidae) reveals insights into the feeding movements of Juliformia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 188 (4): 954-975. https://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlz109

43. Akkari N, Enghoff H. 2019. Revision of the genus Attemsostreptus Verhoeff, 1941 with a description of a new species from Tanzania and notes on the tribe Trachystreptini Cook, 1896 (Spirostreptida, Diplopoda). European Journal of Taxonomy 575: 1-12. https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2019.575

42. Vagalinski B, Golovatch SI, Akkari N, Stoev P.2019. Simplogonopus rubellus (attems, 1902), gen. n., comb. n.: revealing the identity of an enigmatic eastern Mediterranean millipede (Diplopoda: Polydesmida: Trichopolydesmidae). Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 3(71):325-334. 

41. Hilgert M, Akkari N, Cahyo Rahmadi, Wesener T. 2019. The Myriapoda of Halimum-Salak National Park (Java, Indonesia): overview and faunal composition. Biodiversity Data Journal 7: 32218.https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.7.e32218

40. Antic D, Rada T, Akkari N. 2018. Revision of the genus Hylopachyiulus Attems, 1904, with a description of a new species from Croatia (Diplopoda, Julida, Julidae). Zootaxa 4531 (2): 225-241.

39. Ganske A-S, Edgecombe G, Akkari N. 2018. Morphology of the mandibles and the first maxillae in the family Lithobiidae (Myriapoda, Chilopoda), with remarks on their phylogenetic significance. Journal of Morphology 279 (12): 1798-1826.  

38. Akkari N, Mauriès JP. 2018. A review of the family Trichopolydesmidae in North Africa with a description of a new species from Tunisia. ZooKeys 786: 117-128. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.786.28270

37. 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

36. 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

35. 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.

34. 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

33. 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.

32. 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

31. 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

30. 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 

29. 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.

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

27. 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

26. 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.

25. 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

24. 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

23. 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

22. 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

21. 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

20. 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

 19. 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

18. 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.

17. 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.

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

15. 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.

14. 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  
13. 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.
12. 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

11. 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

10. 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  

9. 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

8. 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

7. 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.

6. 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

5. 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.

4. 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

3. 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.

2. 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.

1. 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.

Popular sicence 

Akkari, N. 2022. Neue Tierarten aus tiefen Höhlen. In L. Plan, P. Oberender, & A. Kroh (Eds.), Höhlen - Schatzkammern der Wissenschaft (pp. 30–33). Verlag des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien.

Akkari N & Antić. 2021. On the beautiful genus Trachysphaera Heller, 1858 (Diplopoda: Glomerida: Glomeridae). Centre International de Myriapodologie [CIM], Newsletter (scheduled).

Akkari N & Antić. 2020. Hidden species in caves and hidden treasures in Museums. Centre International de Myriapodologie [CIM], Newsletter (November 2020): 19-22.

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.


Biosystematics, phylogeny and evolution of Myriapoda, cybertaxonomy, functional morphology, millipedes (Diplopoda), centipedes (Chilopoda)

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

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.

Forschung am Naturhistorischen Museum – Die Bedeutung wissenschaftlicher Sammlungen für die Evolutionsforschung WS 20201, Winter Semester since 2019.

Evolution im Museum. Winter Semester 2021.

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., 2017-2020.

Msc. students
Zita Roitmair. Morphology and diversity of sexual dimorphic characters of the ultimate legs in selected lithobiomorph centipedes (Myriapoda, Chilopoda, Lithobiomorpha). October 2019 - July 2021.

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.

Plazer Laura. The ultimate legs of centipedes (Chilopoda): structural diversity and functional diversity. November 2018-March 2019.

Max Hämmerle. The morphotypes of millipedes (Diplopoda): Diversity and ecological adaptations. November 2018 - March 2019.

Julia Peham. Description of a new Ommatoiulus species (Diplopoda) from Spain. November 2020- March 2021.

Magdalena Alexandra Kapellar. Description of a new Ommatoiulus species (Diplopoda) from Spain. November 2021- 2022..

Nathalie Fial. Comparative morphology of stemmiulid species (Diplopoda, Stemmiulida), with description of new species. November 2022- March 2023.

Janine Heinzl. Biodiversity and adaptations of Cave millipedes in Austria. November 2023- present.

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.

Julia Peham. Diverse technical aspects in the Myriapoda Collection. October 2021 - 2022.

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)
Vice President of the International Society of Myriapodology "Centre International de Myriapodology" (CIMhttps://myriapodology.org/
Member of the Network of Biological Systematics, Austria (NOBIS)

Synergistic activities

Editor in chief of the Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museum in Wien serie Bhttps://www.nhm-wien.ac.at/verlag/wissenschaftliche_serien/annalen - since 2018. 

Topical entomology editor: European Journal of Taxonomy; https://europeanjournaloftaxonomy.eu/index.php/ejt/index - October 2019 - October 2021 (190 mansucripts)

Subject editor (Myriapoda): African Invertebrates; Zookeys.https://zookeys.pensoft.net/; European Journal of Taxonomy.

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 30 international scientific meetings between 2005-2018, where I presented 8 posters and over 25 oral presentations.

Invited talks
14 invited talks on various topics in Austria, 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 tours in the collections of Natural History Museum Vienna for scientists, students and public.
Tuition of students and visitors.

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

Taxa described for science 
Cyphcallipus africanus Stoev & Akkari
Lophostreptus neglectus Enghoff & Akkari, 2024
Megaphyllum magnum Akkari & Stoev, 2023
Paracortina kabaki Akkari & Stoev, 2023
Paracortina asciformis Akkari & Stoev, 2023
Inversotyphlus ammirandus Antić & Akkari, 2023
Dawydoffia siphonocriptida Wesener, Moritz & Akkari, 2023
Ommatoiulus ktarii Akkari & Reip, 2023
Balkanodesminus dentatoides Antić, Vagalinski, Stoev & Akkari, 2022
Balkanodesminus serbicus Antić, Vagalinski, Stoev & Akkari, 2022
Rhodopodesmus Antić, Vagalinski, Stoev & Akkari, 2022
Rhodopodesmus niveus Antić, Vagalinski, Stoev & Akkari, 2022
Balkanodesminus Antić, Vagalinski, Stoev & Akkari, 2022
Pleonoporus tanzanicus Enghoff & Akkari, 2022
Cryptops speleorex Vathera, Stoev & Akkari, 2020
Cryptops legagus Edgecombe, Akkari, Netherland & du Preez, 2020
Haasea gruberi Antić & Akkari, 2020
Haasea macarovi Antić & Akkari, 2020
Alienostreptus bicoloripes Pimvitchai, Akkari, Semenyuk, Constant & Enghoff 2020
Spirobolellus teschernovi Golovatch, Mauriès & Akkari, 2020
Spirobolellus reischeki Golovatch, Mauriès & Akkari, 2020
Arisemolus kurtschevae Golovatch, Mauriès & Akkari, 2020
Simplogonopus gen. n. Vagalinski, Golovatch, Akkari, Stoev, 2019
Attemsostreptus reflexus Akkari and Enghoff, 2019
Hylopachyiulus ocellatus Antić & Akkari, 2018
Haplocookia enghoffi Akkari and Mauriès, 2018
Ommatoiulus longicornis Akkari and Enghoff, 2018
Eupolybothrus liburnicus Akkari, Komerički, Weigand, Edgecombe & Stoev, 2017
Annamina attemsi Golovatch, Geoffroy & Akkari, 2017
Annamina irinae Golovatch, Geoffroy & Akkari, 2017
Annamina mikhaljovae Golovatch, Geoffroy & Akkari, 2017
Ommatoiulus alacygni Akkari & Enghoff, 2017
Ommatoiulus camurus Akkari & Enghoff, 2017
Ommatoiulus denticulatus Akkari & Enghoff, 2017
Ommatoiulus litoralis Akkari & Enghoff, 2017
Ommatoiulus staglae Akkari & Enghoff, 2017
Ommatoiulus stellaris Akkari & Enghoff, 2017
Ommatoiulus avatar Akkari & Enghoff, 2015
Geophilus hadesi Stoev Akkari, Komerički, Edgecombe & Bonato, 2015
Ommatoiulus chambiensis Akkari & Enghoff, 2013
Ommatoiulus crassinigripes Akkari & Enghoff, 2013
Ommatoiulus kefi Akkari & Enghoff, sp. 2013
Ommatoiulus khroumiriensis Akkari & Enghoff, 2013
Ommatoiulus xenos Akkari & Enghoff, 2013
Ommatoiulus xerophilus Akkari & Enghoff, 2013
Ommatoiulus zaghouani Akkari & Enghoff, 2013
Rharodesmus tabarkensis Akkari & Enghoff, 2012
Ommatoiulus sempervirilis Akkari & Enghoff, 2011
Ommatoiulus baenai Akkari & Enghoff, 2011
Ommatoiulus baileyi Akkari & Enghoff, 2011
Ommatoiulus hoffmani Akkari & Enghoff, 2011
Ommatoiulus jaenensis Akkari & Enghoff, 2011
Ommatoiulus kimei Akkari & Enghoff, 2011
Ommatoiulus pseudoflagellatus Akkari & Enghoff, 2011
Ommatoiulus recueroi Akkari & Enghoff, 2011
Ommatoiulus reipi Akkari & Enghoff, 2011
Ommatoiulus sabinarensis Akkari & Enghoff, 2011
Ommatoiulus schubarti Akkari & Enghoff, 2011
Rharodesmus tabarkensis Akkari & Enghoff, 2011
Titanophyllum spiliarum Akkari, Stoev & Enghoff, 2011
Mammamia profuga Akkari, Stoev & Enghoff, 2011
Eupolybothrus kahfi Steov & Akkari, 2010
Glomeris coloriata Golovatch, Mauriès, Akkari & Stoev, 2009
Cylindroiulus mitta Akkari & Enghoff, 2008
Afropachyiulus mauriesi Akkari & Enghoff, 2008
Ommatoiulus malleatus Akkari & Voigtländer, 2007

3. zoology

Barta Anna-Chiara
Project researcher
Coelho David
Associated scientist
Dworschak Peter C.
Associated scientist / formerly curator of the collection Crustacea
Eschner Anita
curator of the collection Mollusca / staff scientist
Feiler Gloria
Assistant for the 3rd Zoology
Frade Pedro
curator of the collection Evertebrata Varia
Gallmetzer Ivo
staff scientist
Greilhuber Matthäus
Associated scientist
Gruber Jürgen
Associated scientist / formerly curator of the collection Arachnoidea
Hörweg Christoph
Head of the 3. Zoological Department / curator of the collection Arachnoidea / staff scientist
Macek Oliver
Manager DNA & tissue collection, Collection Assistant (Myriapoda)
Marchioro Giulia
Associated scientist
Mason Katharina
staff scientist
Pruckner Christian
Associated scientist
Sattmann Helmut
Associated scientist / formerly head of department and curator of the collection Evertebrata varia
Schiller Edmund
collection assistant in the collections Arachnoidea & Crustacea
Schnedl Sara Maria
collection assistant in the collection Mollusca
Schwentner Martin
curator of the collection Crustacea / staff scientist
Seiter Michael
Associated scientist
Stagl Verena
Associated scientist / formerly curator of the collection Myriapoda
Szeiler Stefan
collection manager
Wöss Emmy
Associated scientist