The Irish Biogeographical Society

 

About the Society

 

The Irish Biogeographical Society was founded in 1975. It encourages the study of Irish biodiversity, especially the distribution of plants and animals. The Society is also interested in the biogeographical implications of colonisation and past history. From its inception, the Society has published an annual Bulletin. In 2018, the 42nd issue was produced. The series now contains an impressive database including information on biota outside Ireland. The contents of the Bulletins are listed under Index Listings on this website. In 1986, a series of Occasional Publications was initiated. The 11th volume (A catalogue and atlas of the caddisflies (Trichoptera) of Ireland) appeared in 2015 and the 12th (Chironomidae (Diptera) of Ireland - a review, checklist and their distribution in Europe) in 2018 (details below). The Occasional Publications provide a useful means of publishing the proceedings of conferences or large articles on particular groups. In 2005, another format (Macro Series) was established. It is suitable for major checklists and bibliographies. Eight titles have now appeared. Details of the other Occasional Publications and the Macro Series are given under Occasionals on this website. Some PDFs are also available for download from the Society (see below).

Biogeography of Ireland

The Society is voluntary and non-profit making. Funding consists of members' subscriptions and sponsorship. All the money is used for the production, printing and distribution of its publications. The subscription is €15 or £10 per annum and entitles the member to receive the annual bulletin. In addition, Occasional Publications are sometimes provided free of charge. The Society maintains a stock of its publications. The price of each bulletin is the same as the annual subscription (€15 or £10). Orders or enquiries may be sent by e-mail to the Treasurer Mr John Walsh or the Editor Dr J.P. O'Connor or in writing to the Irish Biogeographical Society c/o Dr J. P. O'Connor, National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.

NEW OCCASIONAL PUBLICATIONS

Occasional Publication Number 11
A catalogue and atlas of the caddisflies (Trichoptera) of Ireland
James P. O'Connor

Published 11 December 2015 by the Irish Biogeographical Society in association with the National Museum of Ireland. A5 format, thread-sewn. viii+646 pages. 519 figures including line-drawings, colour and black/white photographs. ISBN 978-0-9550806-8-5. Price: €20 within Ireland; €25 the rest of Europe; €30 the rest of the world (Postage and packaging included in the price).

Occasional Publication Number 12
Chironomidae (Diptera) of Ireland - a review, checklist and their distribution in Europe
Declan A. Murray, James P. O'Connor and Patrick J. Ashe

Published 18 May 2018 by the Irish Biogeographical Society in association with University College Dublin and the Environmental Protection Agency. A5 format, thread-sewn. 416 pages. Text with 1042 figures (black and white), frontispiece and 25 plates (colour and black & white). ISBN 978-0-9550806-9-2. Price: €20 within Ireland; €25 the rest of Europe; €30 the rest of the world (Postage and packaging included in the price).

New Publications

PDFs Available for Download

1. O'Connor, J. P. (2013) Checklisting the Irish insects. Antenna 37(3): 124-127. Reproduced from Antenna (Bulletin of the Royal Entomological Society) with kind permission of the Society. Click here for PDF (0.5mb)PDF logo

2. Murray, D. A., Langton, P. H., O'Connor, J. P. and Ashe, P. J. (2013) Distribution records of Irish Chironomidae (Diptera): part 1 - Buchonomyiinae, Podonominae, Tanypodinae, Telmatogetoninae, Diamesinae and Prodiamesinae. Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 37: 208-336. Click here for PDF (0.8mb)PDF logo

3. Murray, D. A., Langton, P. H., O'Connor, J. P. and Ashe, P. (2014) Distribution records of Irish Chironomidae (Diptera): part 2 - Orthocladiinae. Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 38: 61-246. Click here for PDF (1mb)PDF logo

4. Murray, D. A., Langton, P. H., O'Connor, J. P. and Ashe, P. (2015) Distribution records of Irish Chironomidae (Diptera): part 3 - Chironominae. Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 39: 7-192. Click here for PDF (1mb)PDF logo

5. Murray, D. A., Langton, P. H., O'Connor, J. P. and Ashe, P. (2017) Corrections of grid reference for three sites in distribution records of Irish Chironomidae (Diptera), parts 1-3. Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 41: 130-133. Click here for PDF (50kb)PDF logo

6. O'Connor, J. P., Nash, R. and Fitton, M. G. (2007) A catalogue of the Irish Ichneumonidae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea). Occasional Publication of the Irish Biogeographical Society Number 10. 310pp. ISBN 978-0-9550806-1-6 (printed copies also available from the Society, see Occasional Publications section for details). Click here for PDF (3mb)PDF logo

7. Scientific publications of the Editor (James P. O'Connor) for the years 1977-2015 (Provided at the request of the Chairman and Committee of the Society). Click here for PDF (200kb)PDF logo

8. Nash, R. and O'Connor, J. P. (2011) Notes on the Irish entomologist Alexander Henry Haliday (1806-1870). Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 35: 64-112. Click here for PDF (4mb)PDF logo

9. O'Connor, J. P., Nash, R. and Broad, G. (2009) An annotated checklist of the Irish Hymenoptera. The Irish Biogeographical Society in association with The National Museum of Ireland, Dublin. iv + 211pp (ISBN 978-0-9550806-3-0). A "Checklist of British and Irish Hymenoptera" has appeared in parts in the Biodiversity Data Journal. As some Irish records were overlooked, it was decided to make available on the Society's website a PDF of An annotated checklist of the Irish Hymenoptera which provides a traceable source for Irish records up to 2009. Click here for PDF (4mb)PDF logo

10. O'Connor, James P. and Buhl, Peter N. (2016) A review of the Irish platygastrids (Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea, Platygastridae) including their known distributions. Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 40: 43-115. Click here for PDF (9mb)PDF logo

11. Moubayed-Breil, J. and Ashe, P. (2018) Micropsectra oksanae sp. n., a new crenophilous species inhabiting karstic springs and streams in south-eastern France (Diptera: Chironomidae, Tanytarsini). Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 42: 191-202. Click here for PDF (600kb)PDF logo

12. Moubayed-Breil, J. and Ashe, P. (2018) Micropsectra alyssae sp. n. and M. ekremi sp. n., two new species inhabiting glacial springs and peat bogs in the eastern Pyrenees, France (Diptera: Chironomidae, Tanytarsini). Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 42: 203-224. Click here for PDF (2mb)PDF logo

13. Quigley, Declan T. G., Fenwick, David and MacNamara, Liam (2018) First records of the Calico Scallop Argopecten gibbus (L.) and the Transverse Ark Clam Anadara transversa (Say, 1822) (Mollusca: Bivalvia) from Irish Waters. Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 42: 9-21. Click here for PDF (1.2mb)PDF logo

14. Cawley, Martin (2017) An indexed bibliographical checklist of the woodlice (Crustacea: Isopoda) of Ireland (1836-2017). Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 41: 145-177. Click here for PDF (160kb)PDF logo

15. Sweeney, Pascal (2016) The current status of aquatic oligochaetes in Ireland. Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 40: 3-17. Click here for PDF (104kb)PDF logo

16. Cawley, Martin (2016) An indexed bibliographical checklist of the false-scorpions (Arachnida: Pseudoscorpiones) of Ireland (1836-2014). Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 40: 116-124. Click here for PDF (76kb)PDF logo

17. Nolan, Myles (2013) Spiders (Araneae) of Irish raised bogs: Clara Bog, Co. Offaly and Carrowbehy Bog, Co. Roscommon. Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 37: 172-203. Click here for PDF (165kb)PDF logo

18. O'Connor, James P. and Nelson, Brian (2012) An Annotated Checklist of the Irish Hemiptera and Small Orders. Irish Biogeographical Society, Dublin. viii + 151 pages. ISBN 978-0-9550806-7-8.
Dedicated to the memory of Dr Courtenay Neville Smithers. Final volume in the series checklisting the Irish insects. Information is provided on 1684 species. [While preparing this pdf of the original 2012 work, the opportunity was taken to correct some minor errata, to reorganize the references and add some new ones. Since 2012, major works have appeared on the caddisflies, stoneflies and thrips and these are mentioned. Editor, 6 January 2019]
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19. Good, Jervis A. and Anderson, Roy (2017) Additions, deletions and corrections to the Staphylinidae in the Irish Coleoptera annotated list, with a revised check-list of Irish species). Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 41: 178-234. Click here for PDF (218kb)PDF logo

20. Holmes, J. M. C. and O'Connor, J. P. (2013) Records of marine sand-dwelling copepods (Crustacea) from Galway Bay, including eight species new to Ireland. Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 37: 3-11. Click here for PDF (68kb)PDF logo

21. Arroyo, Julio, Baars, Jan Robert, O'Driscoll, Lorna, Blackmore, Marc and Bolger, Thomas (2013) First records of Heminothrus (Capillonothrus) thori (Berlese, 1904) and Perlohmannia (Perlohmannia) dissimilis (Hewitt, 1908) (Arachnida: Acari: Oribatida) in Ireland. Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 37: 12-16. Click here for PDF (52kb)PDF logo