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Kees van Achterberg

Prof. Dr. Ing. C. (Kees) van Achterberg, Research associate - Taxonomy and Systematics


Email: kees.vanachterberg@naturalis.nl
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Education (degrees, dates, universities): 

  • 1967-1970: Agricultural College Dordrecht (B. Agr. (cum laude; “Ing.”))
  • 1970-1973: State University Leiden (B. Sc. (biology))
  • 1973-1976: State University Leiden (M. Sc. (biology (cum laude))
  • 1976: State University Leiden (Ph. D.)  

Career/Employment (employers, positions, universities): 

  • 1973-1976: State University Leiden (teaching assistant in entomology)
  • 1976: Visser 't Hooft School, Leiden (teacher in biology)
  • 1977-2006: National Museum of Natural History, Leiden (curator of  Hymenoptera/Diptera)
  • 2006-present: National Museum of Natural History, Leiden (senior researcher/curator of  Hymenoptera) 
  • 2003-present: Agricultural and Forestry University of Fuzhou (Fujian) and University of Hangzhou (Zhejiang) (visiting professorships)


Research interest

Taxonomy, systematics and phylogeny of Braconidae, Stephanidae, Pamphiliidae and Heloridae.

  • Revision of the genus Heratemis Walker (Braconidae: Alysiinae) (first author: Salmah Yaakop, Leiden) Submitted: Tijdschr. Ent.
  • The braconid parasitoids (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) of seed predators of Dipterocarpaceae in Malaysia. (with Y.F. Ng & A.B. Idris) . Submitted: J. Nat. Hist.
  • A new subgenus of the genus Colastes Haliday (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Exothecinae) for species living in bracket fungi, with description of two new species from NW. Europe. (with M.R. Shaw). Submitted:  J. Nat. Hist.
  • Sculptolobus gen. nov. (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Braconinae), with description oftwo new species from China. (first author:  J-Q. Yang)
  • Fauna Europaea Project: Braconidae (updating)
  • Revision of the Oriental genera of the tribe Alysiini (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiinae) (with Salma Yaakop, Leiden)
  • Review of the European Opiinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae)  (second author: Jan-Willem van Zuijlen, Waalwijk)
  • Taxonomic chapter of the " atlas bijen van Nederland" 
  • Review of Dutch Gasteruptiidae
  • Revision of the Palaeotropical Macrocentrinae (Braconidae) 
  • Several small papers on the taxonomy and phylogeny of Braconidae
  • Revision f the West Palaearctic species of the genus Aleiodes Wesmael (Braconidae: Rogadinae) (with Dr M.R. Shaw, Edinburgh) 
  • The families of Hymenoptera of the world 
  • Revision of the genus Asobara Foerster (Braconidae: Alysiinae) 
  • Review of the Braconidae of Sulawesi and adjacent islands 
  • Revision of the Neotropical Macrocentrinae (Braconidae) 
  • Review of the genera of the Braconidae


Current research topics




Available student projects


Naturalis Repository

Recent publications

Achterberg, C. van, 2007. Geriefhoutbosjes: hotspots voor sluipwespen.‑ Ent. Ber., Amst. 67 (6): 204-208, figs 1-7.

Jong, R. de & Achterberg, C. van, 2007. Global disjunctions and flying insects: 6-44, figs 1-16. In: Renema, W. (ed.). Biogeopgraphy, Time and Place. Distributions, Barriers and Islands.‑ Topics in Geobiology 29: 1-414.

Fontaine, B., Bouchet, P., Achterberg, C. van et al., 2007. The European union’s 2010 target: Puting rare species in focus.‑ Biol. Conserv. 139: 167-185.

Mitsui H., Achterberg, C. van, Nordlander, G. & Kimura, M.T., 2007. Geographical distributions and host associations of larval parasitoids of frugivorous Drosophilidae in Japan.‑ J. nat. Hist. 41: 1731-1738.

Long, K.D. & Achterberg, C. van, 2007. Five new species of the genus Spinaria Brullé (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Rogadinae) from Vietnam.‑ Zool. Med. Leiden 81 (9): 161-174, figs 1-69.

Achterberg, C. van, 2007. Revision of the genus Spinaria Brullé (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Rogadinae), with keys to genera and species of the subtribe Spinariina van Achterberg.‑ Zool. Med. Leiden 81 (2): 11-83, figs 1-212.

Achterberg, C. van, 2007. Nogmaals parasiet of parasitoid.‑ Buzz Nieuwsbrief Sectie Hymenoptera NEV 25: 49-52.

Burgio, G., Lanzoni, A., Navone, P., Achterberg, C. van & Masetti, A., 2007. Parasitic Hymenoptera fauna on Agromyzidae (Diptera) colonizing weeds in ecological compensation areas in Northern Italian agroecosystems.‑ Journal of Economic Entomology 100: 298-306.

Achterberg, C. van, & Quicke, D.L.J., 2006 Taxonomic notes on Old World Stephanidae (Hymenoptera): description of Parastephanellus matsumotoi sp. n. from Japan, redescription of Commatopus xanthocephalus (Cameron) and keys to the generaProfoenatopus van Achterberg and Megischus Brullé. – Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 149: 215-225, figs 1-16.

Haye, T., Achterberg, C. van, Goulet, H., Barratt, B.I.P. & Kuhlmann, U., 2006. Potential for classical biological control of the potato bug Closterotomus norwegicus (Hemiptera: Miridae): description, parasitism and host specificty of Peristenus closterotomae sp. n. (Hymenoptera: Braconidae).‑ Bull. ent. Res. 96: 421-431, figs 1-15, tables 1-3.

Achterberg, C. van, 2006. The Braconidae (Hymenoptera) of Greenland.‑ Zool. Med. Leiden 80-1: 13-62, figs 1-179.

Achterberg, C. van, 2006. European species of the genus Helorus Latreille (Hymenoptera: Heloridae), with description of a new species from Sulawesi (Indonesia).‑ Zool. Med. Leiden 80-1: 1-12, figs 1-18.

Achterberg, C. van & Yu, D.S., 2006. Taxapad Braconidae: a new interactive catalogue for Braconidae (Hymenoptera): 30. In: Brothers, D.J. (ed.). Programme and Abstracts Sixth International Conference of Hymenopterists: 1-53.– Sun City.

Ghahari H., Yu, D.S. & Achterberg, C. van, 2006. Bibliography of the family Braconidae(Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea) (1964-2003).― Techn. Bull. Leiden 7: 1-293 (on CD-ROM).

Yu, D.S.,  Achterberg, C. van & Horstmann, K., 2005. World Ichneumonoidea 2004. Taxonomy, biology, morphology and distribution [Braconidae].― Taxapad 2005 (Scientific names for information management) Interactive electronical catalogue on DVD/CD-ROM. Vancouver.

Borges, P.A.V., Achterberg, C. van, Askew, R.R., Zwakhals, K., Oliveira, O. & Santos A.M.C., 2005. Hymenoptera: 218-221. In: P.A.V. Borges et al. (eds). Listagem da Fauna (Mollusca e Arthropoda) e Flora (Bryophyta, Pterodophyta e Spermatophyta) Terrestres dos Açores: 1-318.― Horta (Faial).

Shi, M., Chen, X.X. & Achterberg, C. van, 2005. Phylogenetic relationships among the Braconidae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea) inferred from partial 16S rDNA, 28S rDNA D2, 18S rDNA gene sequences and morphological characters.― Mol. Phylog. Evol. 37: 104-116.

Yang, Z.-Q., Strazanac, J.S., Marsh, P.M., Achterberg, C. van & Choi W.-Y., 2005. First recorded parasitoid from China of Agrilus planipennis: a new species of Spathius(Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Doryctinae).― Annals of the Entomological Society of America 98(5): 636-642.

Bouvet, J.P., Berta, D.C. & Achterberg, C. van, 2005. Primera cita de Blacus (Ganychorus)epitolus (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) para la Argentina.― Rev. Soc. Ent. Argent. 64: 93-94.

Libert, P.-N. & Achterberg, C. van, 2005. First record of the genus Atanycolus Foerster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Braconinae) from the Benelux.― Bull. Soc. R. Belge Ent. (2004; publ. Jan. 2005) 140: 95-96.

Simbolotti, G., Villemant, C. & Achterberg, C. van, 2004.Notes on the genus MamaBelokobylskij (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Euphorinae), and on the use of monotype taxa.―Zool. Med. Leiden 78: 451-459, figs 1-39.

Achterberg, C. van & Braet, Y., 2004. Two new species of Pambolus Haliday (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Pambolinae) from Argentina.― Zool. Med. Leiden 78: 337-344, figs 1-12.

Achterberg, C. van, 2004. Bitomoides gen. nov. (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Opiinae) from Europe.― Zool. Med. Leiden 78: 331-335, figs 1-13.

Achterberg, C. van, 2004. New Indo-Australian subgenera and species of the generaXynobius Foerster and Ademoneuron Fischer (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Opiinae). ― Zool. Med. Leiden 78: 313-329, figs 1-64.

Achterberg, C. van, Berndt, L., Brockerhoff, E. & Berry, J., 2004. A new species of the genusAleiodes Wesmael from New Zealand (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Rogadinae).― Zool. Med. Leiden 78: 301-311, figs 1-40.

Achterberg, C. van & Berry, J., 2004. Neptihormius gen. nov. (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Hormiinae), a parasitoid of Nepticulidae (Lepidoptera) from New Zealand.― Zool. Med.Leiden 78: 291-299, figs 1-44.

Achterberg, C. van & Rond, J. de, 2004. Lichaamsbouw en determinatie. Hoofdstuk 4: 33-74. In: Reemer, M., A.J. van Loon & T.M.J. Peeters (eds). De wespen en mieren van Nederland (Hymenoptera: Aculeata).‑ Nederlandse Fauna 6: 1-507, figs 1-109.

Achterberg, C. van & Peeters, T.M.J., 2004. Naamgeving, verwantschappen en diversiteit. Hoofdstuk 3: 19-32. In: Reemer, M., A.J. van Loon & T.M.J. Peeters (eds). De wespen en mieren van Nederland (Hymenoptera: Aculeata).‑ Nederlandse Fauna 6: 1-507, figs 1-109.

Achterberg, C. van & Noyes, J. (eds.), 2004. Fauna Europaea: Hymenoptera.― Fauna Europaea version 1.1, http://www.faunaeur.org.

Achterberg, C. van, 2004. Fauna Europaea: Braconidae (online checklist of European species excluding Caucasus).― Fauna Europaea version 1.1, http://www.faunaeur.org.

Penteado-Dias, A. M. & Achterberg, C. van, 2004. A new species of Allobracon Gahan(Braconidae: Hormiinae) from Brazil, and the first record of green Hormiinae.― Zool. Med. Leiden 78: 241-247, figs 1-11.

Arouca, R. G., A. M. Penteado-Dias & Achterberg, C. van, 2004. A new species ofPhaenocarpa Foerster (Hymenoptera, Braconidae: Alysiinae) from Brazil.― Zool. Med. Leiden 78: 123-130, figs 1-13.

Achterberg, C. van & Z.-q. Yang, 2004. New species of the genera Megischus Brullé andStephanus Jurine from China (Hymenoptera: Stephanoidea: Stephanidae), with a key to world species of the genus Stephanus.― Zool. Med. Leiden 78: 101-117, figs 1-32.

Achterberg, C. van & Chen, X-X., 2004. Six new genera of Braconidae (Hymenoptera) from China.― Zool. Med. Leiden 78: 77-100, figs 1-81.  

Achterberg, C. van, 2004. Revision of the Euagathis species (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Agathidinae) from Wallacea and Papua.― Zool. Med. Leiden 78: 1-76, figs 1-256.

Achterberg, C. van, 2004. Euagathis tobiasi sp. n. (Hymenoptera: Braconidae, Agathidinae) from Sulawesi.― Proc. Russ. ent. Soc., St. Petersburg 75(1): 102-105, figs 1-8.

Chen , X-X., Belokobylskij, S.A., Achterberg, C. van & Whitfield, J.B., 2004. Cornutorogas, a new genus with four new species of the subfamiliy Rogadinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from the Oriental region.― J. nat. Hist. 38: 2211-2223, figs 1-31.

Achterberg, C. van & D. Raychaudhuri, 2004. Revision of the Euagathis species (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Agathidinae) from the Indian subcontinent: 249-282, figs 1-84. In: Rajmohana, K. Sudheer, P. Girish Kumar & S. Santhosh (eds). Perspectives on biosystematics and biodiversity. T.C. Narendran Commemoration Volume: 1-666.― Kerala.

Belokobylskij, S.A., Taeger, A., Achterberg, C. van, Haeselbarth E. & Riedel, M., 2003. Checklist of the Braconidae of Germany (Hymenoptera).― Beitr. Ent. 53: 341-436.

Achterberg, C. van, 2003. A new genus of Braconinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from Namibia.― Cimbebasia 18: 11-18, figs 1-58.

Mancini, D., Priore, R., Battaglia, D. & Achterberg, C. van, 2003. Caenopachys hartigii(Ratzeburg) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Doryctinae) confirmed for Italy, with notes on the status of the genus Caenopachys Foerster.― Zool. Med. Leiden 77: 459-470, figs 1-41.

Achterberg, C. van, 2003. The European species of the subgenus Aliolus Say of the genusEubazus Nees and of the genus Dicyrtaspis van Achterberg (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Brachistinae).― Zool. Med. Leiden 77: 301-320, figs 1-53.

Achterberg, C. van & Koponen, M., 2003. Phaenocarpa ungulosetosa spec. nov. from Finland and Elasmosoma depressum spec. nov. from Estonia (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Alysiiniae: Alysiini, Euphorinae: Neoneurini).― Zool. Med. Leiden 77: 291-299, figs 1-25.

Achterberg, C. van, 2003. The West Palaearctic species of the genera PlatyspathiusViereck and Gildoria Hedqvist (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Doryctinae).― Zool. Med. Leiden 77: 267-290, figs 1-70.

Long, K.D. & Achterberg, C. van, 2003. Two new species of the genus WilkinsonellusMason (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae) from northern Vietnam.― Zool. Med. Leiden 77: 221-227, figs 1-18.

Braet, Y. & Achterberg, C. van, 2003. New species of Pambolus Haliday and PhaenocarpaFoester (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Pambolinae, Alysiinae) from French Guyana, Suriname and Panama.― Zool. Med. Leiden 77: 153-179, figs 1-62.

BraetY. & Achterberg, C. van, 2003.Doryctorgilus gen. nov. and other new taxa, with a study of the internal microsculpture of the ovipositor in the subfamily Orgilinae Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Braconidae).― Zool. Med. Leiden 77: 127-152, figs 1-67.

Braet, Y., Barbalho, S.M. & Achterberg, C. van, 2003. Description of four new genera and nine new species of Doryctinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from French Guyana.― Zool. Med. Leiden 77: 93-125, figs 1-103.

Achterberg, C. van & Guerrero E.R., 2003. Two new species of the genus PeristenusFoerster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Euphorinae) from the Canary Islands.― Zool. Med. Leiden 77: 79-86, figs 1-24. 


Please contact the author when you are interested in one of the articles above and it is not available online or in the repository [Repository].