Masoumeh Malek, PhD


Room: 108

Phone: +98 (021) 6111 2702

Fax: +98 (021) 6649 2992


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Address: Laboratory of Biosystematics and Ecology, Department of Animal Biology, School of Biology, College of Science, University of Tehran, Enghelab Avenue, Tehran 14155-6955, Iran



  • Ph.D., Biology – Fish Parasitology, University of Wales, Wales, United Kingdom, 1997
  • B.Sc., Biology – Zoological Sciences, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 1990


Research interests

  • Environmental assessments and bioindicators
  • Population dynamics
  • Fish and parasite taxonomy
  • Biology of leeches


Selected publications

Roohi Aminjan, A., Malek, M., 2017. Two new species of Tetragonocephalum (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidea) from Pastinachus sephen (Myliobatiformes: Dasyatidae) from the Gulf of Oman. Folia Parasitologica 64: Article Number: 014.  DOI: 10.14411/fp.2017.014

Latif, R., Malek, M., Csuzdi, C., 2017. When morphology and DNA are discordant: Integrated taxonomic studies on the Eisenia fetida/andrei complex from different parts of Iran (Annelida, Clitellata: Megadrili). European Journal of Soil Biology 81: 55-63. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejsobi.2017.06.007

Latif, R., Malek, M., Csuzdi, C., 2017. New earthworm records from the Central Zagros Mountain, Iran with description of a new species. North-Western Journal of Zoology 13(2): 326-336. Article Number: e161805

Golestaninasab, M., Malek, M., 2016. Two new species of Rhinebothrium (Cestoda: Rhinebothriidea) from granulated guitarfish Glaucostegus granulatus in the Gulf of Oman. Journal of Helminthology 90(4): 441-454. DOI: 10.1017/S0022149X15000553

Malek, M., Khodadoost, M., 2016. A chronological journey to Iranian medicinal leech: An amazing creature. Science Cultivation 6(1): 73-80.

Latif, R., Malek, M., Mirmonsef, H., 2013. Cadmium and lead accumulation in three endogeic earthworm species. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 90(4): 456-459. DOI: 10.1007/s00128-012-0941-z

Darabi-Darestani, K., Malek, M., 2011. Seasonal variation in occurrence of the medicinal leech, Hirudo Orientalis Utevsky & Trontelj 2005, in Guilan Province, Iran. Aquatic Biology 11: 289–294. DOI: 10.3354/ab00310

Ghanbarifardi, M., Malek, M., 2009. Distribution and abundance patterns of rocky intertidal fishes in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, Iran. Marine Biology Research 5,496-502

Khaleghzadeh, H., Malek, M., Valinasab, T., 2009. First record of parasitic copepod, Brachiella trichiuri Gnanamuthu, 1951 (Crutacea: Lernaeopodidae) from Trichiurus lepturus Linnaeus, 1758 (Osteichthyes: Trichiuridae) from the Persian Gulf. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 5(2):17-21.

Rajabpour, M., M. Malek, MacKenzie, K., Aghlmandi, F., 2008. Helminth parasites of stellate sturgeon Acipenser stellatus Pallas, 1771 and Persian sturgeon Acipenser persicus Borodin, 1897 (Pisces: Acipenseridae) from the SouthEast Caspian Sea. Parasitology Research 102(5): 1089-1091. DOI: 10.1007/s00436-008-0922-7

Malek, M., Haseli, M., Mobedi, I., Ganjali, M.R., Mackenzie, K., 2007. Parasites as heavy metal bioindicators in the shark Carcharhinus dussumieri from the Persian Gulf. Parasitology 134: 1053-1056. DOI: 10.1017/S0031182007002508

Malek, M., 2003. Parasites as indicators of feeding behaviour in gobies. Bulletin of the European Association of Fish Pathologists 23(5): 219-222

Malek, M., 2001. Effects of the digenean parasites Labratrema minimus and Cryptocotyle concavum on the growth parameters of Pomatoschistus microps and P. minutus from South west Wales. Parasitology Research 87(4): 349-356.

Sari, A., Malek, M., 2000. Occurrence of Maritrema arenaria (Digenea: Microphalidae) in the acorn barnacle Balanus perforatus (Crustacea: Cirripedia). Journal of the marine biological association of the United Kingdom 80(2): 371-372.