Skip to Content

Vera Antonova

Vera Antonova's picture

Personal information


Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
2 Yurii Gagarin Street
1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Phone: +359 2 8717195 ext. 317
Fax: + 359 2 8705498

Curriculum vitae

• M.Sc. in Zoology of Invertebrates - 2001, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” (1996-2001).
Master thesis: “Faunistical, zoogeographical and ecological investigations on land snails (Gastropoda terrestria) in Zemen gorge (SW Bulgaria)”

• PhD-student (January 2003-January 2006) in Central Laboratory of General Ecology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
PhD-thesis: “Investigations on the populations of the ground myrmecofauna in Sofia City”

• Ph.D in Ecology and Environmental protection - 2007, CLGE, BAS

• Biologist – in Central Laboratory of General Ecology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (March 2002 – December 2002 and February 2006 – October 2007)
• Research Fellow (October 2007 – 2010) in Central Laboratory of General Ecology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
• Chief Assistant (2010-till present) in Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Researches, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Research interests

• Taxonomy, ecology and biodiversity of ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)
• Social interactions among ant species
• Biodiversity of land snails (Gastropoda terrestria), conservation of protected Vertigo species.


• Antonova, V., Dedov, I., 2001. Land snails (Gastropoda, Pulmonata) in Kresna Gorge. In: “Biodiversity of Kresna Gorge” (P. Beron Ed.), Sofia, 39-43 (in Bulgarian)

• Antonova, V., Dedov, I., 2002. Land snails (Gastropoda, Pulmonata) in Zemen Gorge. – Historia naturalis bulgarica, 14, 79-87 (in Bulgarian)

• Czechowska, W., Antonova V., Czechowski W. 2004. Further record of Formica glauca RUZSKY, 1895 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) for Poland. – Fragmenta Faunistica, 47 (1): 51-53

• Radchenko, A., Antonova, V. 2004. First record of Myrmica rugulososcabrinodis Karawajew (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) for Bulgaria. – Myrmecologische Nachrichten, 6 (6), 19-21

• Antonova, V., 2004. Compound nests and mixed colonies of ant species (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in Sofia – Bulgaria. - In: Penev, L., Niemela, J., Kotze, J. & Chipev, N. (Eds.): Ecology of the City of Sofia. Species and Communities in Urban Environment. – PENSOFT Publishers, Sofia-Moscow, pp. 423-428

• Steiner, F.M., B.C. Schlick-Steiner, M. Sanetra, T. Ljubomirov, V. Antonova, E. Christian, C. Stauffer, 2005. Towards DNA-aided biogeography: An example from Tetramorium ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). – Ann. Zool. Fennici, 42: 23–35

• Stankiewicz, A., Antonova, V., 2005. Myrmica vandeli Bondroit (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) - a new ant species for Bulgaria. – Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 57 (1): 123-126

• Borisova, N., Antonova, V., Delov, V., Dimitrov, D., 2005. Using GIS and remote sensing in biogeography assessment in the karst terrain of Chepan Mountain and Dragoman marshland (W Bulgaria). – In: Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Global changes (Eds. Chipev, N., Bogoev, V.), I-st National Scientific Conference in Ecology, 536 pp, 75-82

• Antonova, V., 2005. Species diversity and distribution of ants in different habitats in the parks of the city of Sofia. – In: Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Global changes (Eds. Chipev, N., Bogoev, V.), I-st National Scientific Conference in Ecology, 536 pp, 231-236

• Radchenko, A., Czechowska, W., Czechowski W., Antonova, V., Stankiewicz, A., 2005. Myrmica lacustris Ruzsky (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), an ant species new for Poland. – Fragmenta Faunistica, 48 (2): 167-174

• Antonova, V., Penev, L., 2006. Change in the zoogeographical structure of ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) caused by urban pressure in the Sofia region (Bulgaria). - Myrmecologische Nachrichten, 8: 271-276

• Antonova, V., Penev, L. 2008. Classification of ant assemblages in green areas of Sofia. – Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 60, Suppl. 2: 103-110

• Penev, L., Stoyanov, I., Dedov, I and V. Antonova, 2008. Patterns of Urbanization in the City of Sofia as Shown by Carabid Beetles, Ants and Mollusks. – In: Penev L., T. Erwin, T. Assmann (Eds.) “Back to the Roots and Back to the Future. Towards a New Synthesis amongst taxonomic, Ecological and Biogeographical approaches in Carabidology”. Proceedings of the XIII European Carabidologists Meeting, Blagoevgrad, August 20-24, 2007, pp. 483-509

• Antonova, V. 2009. First record of the social parasitic slave-maker ant Harpagoxenus sublaevis (NYLANDER, 1849) for Bulgaria (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). - Myrmecologische Nachrichten, 12: 1-2

• Lapeva-Gjonova, A., Antonova, V., Radchenko, R., Atanasova, M. 2010. Catalogue of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Bulgaria. – ZooKeys 62: 1–124, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.62.430

• Antonova, V. 2012. Book review: The ants of Poland with reference to the myrmecofauna of Europe - Fauna Poloniae (New series) vol. 4 By Wojciech Czechowski, Alexander Radchenko, Wiesława Czechowska, Kari Vepsäläinen. - ZooKeys 247: 69–71, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.247.4369

• Todorov, M., Antonova, V., Hubenov, Z., Ihtimanska, M., Kenderov, L., Trichkova, T., Varadinova, E., Deltshev, C. 2014. Distribution and actual status of stone crayfish populations Austropotamobius torrentium (Decapoda: Astacidae) in Natura 2000 protected areas in Bulgaria. Acta zoologica bulgarica 66 (2): 181-202;

• Langourov, M., Lazarov, S., Stoev, P., Gueorguiev, B., Deltshev, Ch., Petrov, B., Andreev, St., Simov, N., Bekchiev, R., Antonova, V., Ljubomirov, T., Dedov, I., Georgiev, D. 2014. New and interesting records of the MSS and cave fauna of Vitosha Mt., Bulgaria. Biospeleology. Proceedings of Balkan Speleological Conference “Sofia’2014”, Sofia, Bulgaria, 28 – 30 March 2014: 66-76;

• Dedov I., Antonova V. 2015. Terrestrial gastropods of Srebarna Nature Reserve, North-Eastern Bulgaria (Gastropoda). Biodiversity Data Journal 3;

• Antonova, V, Mitov, P, Dedov, I, Zapryanov, L, Todorov, E, Biserkov, V. 2015. Inventory of Vertigo angustior and Vertigo moulinsiana (Gastropoda: Pulmonata) in Natura 2000 Network in Bulgaria. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 67, 3: 365-374;

• Tartally, A, Antonova, V, Espadaler, X, Csősz, S, Czechowski, W. 2016. Collapse of the invasive garden ant, Lasius neglectus, populations in four European countries. Biological Invasions, 18, 11, Springer International Publishing Switzerland: 3127-3131;

• Antonova, V, Lapeva-Gjonova, A, Gradinarov, D. 2016. Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Vrachanska Planina Mountain (NW Bulgaria). ZooNotes, Supplement 3, Plovdiv University Press "Paisii Hilendarski": 155-162;

• Seifert, B, Buschinger, A, Aldawood, A, Antonova, V, Bharti, H, Borowiec, L, Dekoninck, W, Dubovikoff, D, Espadaler, X, Flegr, J, Georgiadis, C, Heinze, J, Neumeyer, R, Odegaard, F, Oettler, J, Radchenko, A, Schultz, R, Sharaf, M, Trager, J, Vesnić, A, Wiezik, M, Zettel, H. 2016. Banning paraphylies and executing Linnaean taxonomy is discordant and reduces the evolutionary and semantic information content of biological nomenclature. Insectes Sociaux, 63, 2, Springer International Publishing Switzerland: 237-242;

• Dedov, I. Antonova V. 2017. Invertebrates in the inner wetlands. - In: Ivanova N. (Ed.) Mapping and assessment of the ecosystem services in the inner wetlands in Bulgaria. IBER – BAS: 97-98;

• Antonova V. 2017. Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the inner wetlands. - In: Ivanova N. (Ed.) Mapping and assessment of the ecosystem services in the inner wetlands in Bulgaria. IBER – BAS: 109-109.

• Langourov M., Simov N., Bekchiev R., Chobanov D., Antonova V., Dedov I. 2018. Notes on the invertebrate fauna of the sedge and reedbeds, not closely associated with open water in Bulgaria. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, 70 (4): 487-500.

• Kachamakova M., Antonova V., Koshev Y. 2019. The role of ant nests in European ground squirrel’s (Spermophilus citellus) post-reintroduction adaptation in two Bulgarian mountains. Biodiversity Data Journal 7: e38292.

• Lapeva-Gjonova, A., Antonova, V., Lyubomirov, T. 2021. Ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of Sarnena Sredna Gora Mountains (Bulgaria). In: Georgiev, D., Bechev, D. & Yancheva, V. (Eds.) Fauna of Sarnena Sredna Gora Mts, Part 2, ZooNotes, Supplement 10: 18-27.

• Antonova V, Marinov MP 2021. Red wood ants in Bulgaria: distribution and density related to habitat characteristics. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 85: 135-159

• Lapeva-Gjonova A, Antonova V 2022. An updated checklist of ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of Bulgaria, after 130 years of research. Biodiversity Data Journal 10: e95599.

• Antonova V., Kyonev D. 2023. Monitoring of red wood ants in the region of Parangalitza Biosphere Reserve in 2014 and 2022. – Proceedings of XXXII International Conference “Management and Quality for Young Scientists – Ecology and Management of Forest Resources”, June 29-30, 2023: 199-205


Animal Diversity and Resources
Biodiversity and Ecology of Invertebrates
Research group
Fauna, Taxonomy and Ecology of Invertebrates


Member for
10 years 46 weeks