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Pasquale Ciliberti

Entomological collections - Diptera


Email: pasquale.ciliberti@naturalis.nl
Phone: +31 (0)71-56 87 638
Room number: C03.09

I have always had a strong interest for zoology since my childhood.

This has led me to study biology.

I have studied biology at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam.

In my last internship I try to predict how climate change could shift the

distribution of some Southern European insect species.

I did this internship at the Zoological Museum of Amsterdam where I discovered the wonderful

world of entomology.

I become immediately fascinated by the diversity of forms, colors, ecological interaction and interesting behaviors that this animal group has.

Since then I have always worked with insects, partly as amateur and now professionally.



After graduating at the “Vrije Universiteit” of Amsterdam I worked at the Zoological Museum of Amsterdam as a collection manager and as a researcher. I was busy with the identification of Oriental Tephritidae fruit flies that could become potentially invasive in Europe.

An additional task that I had was to arrange parts of the Diptera collection.

After the integration of the ZMA with Naturalis I worked as a research associate for almost two years investigating the past biogeographical pattern of the wingless genus of crane fly Chionea.

At the moment I am working as a collection manager in the Diptera collection.


Collection interest



Public outreach

Entomological lecture for elderly people in a Nursing Home In Amsterdam in 2011

Entomological Lecture for kids in a crèches in Amsterdam

Graduate teaching assistant at Leiden University for the course "Excursies Flora & Fauna"


Research interest

In the past I have been fascinated by ecological interactions between different organisms.

I have done a project on ectomycorrhyzal colonization of plants roots. In this study we tried to see if different fungal species showed difference in the speed of root colonization.

Another area of interest that I had was Macroecology. I was very interested in trying to understand which key factors are responsible for species spatial distribution.

At the moment I am interested in the faunistic and taxonomy of the false blister beetle family Oedemeridae and the moth flies family Psychodidae

Moreover I am trying to learn the taxonomy of the biting midge genus Culicoides. 



Pasquale Ciliberti & Herman de Jong (2009), Ecological Niche Models for Four Native Cockroaches Species (Blattaria: Blattellidae: Ectobiinae) in the Netherlands, Contribution to Zoology vol. 78, nr. 4.

Herman de Jong & Pasquale Ciliberti (2014), How cold-adapted flightless flies dispersed over the northern hemisphere: phylogeny and biogeography of the snow fly genus Chionea Dalman (Diptera: Limoniidae), Systematic Entomology vol. 39, nr.3.

Pasquale Ciliberti & Rudolf Meiswinkel (2016), Culicoides poperinghensis, a new species of biting midges for the Netherlands (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae), Entomologische Berichten vol. 76, nr. 1.

Pasquale Ciliberti, Niels-Jan Dek & Gunnar Mikalsen Kvifte (2017), Three species of moth flies (Diptera: Psychodidae) new for the Netherlands, Entomologische Berichten 77, nr. 2