Alireza Sari, PhD



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., Zoology, University of Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom, 1997
  • M.Sc., Biology – Animal Biology, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 1991
  • B.Sc., Biology – Animal Biology, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


Research interests

  • Marine and freshwater biology
  • Molecular phylogeny of marine organisms
  • Biology of leeches, crustaceans and fishes


Selected publications

Darabi-Darestani, K., Sari, A., Sarafrazi, A., Utevsky, S., 2018. Entrapped by the uneven central and Middle Eastern terrains: Genetic status of populations of Hirudo orientalis (Annelida, Clitellata, Hirudinida) with a phylogenetic review of the genus Hirudo. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 121: 52-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2017.12.024

Chan, B.K.K., Sari, A., Hoeg, J.T., 2017. Cirripede Cypris Antennules: How Much Structural Variation Exists Among Balanomorphan Species from Hard-Bottom Habitats? Biological Bulletin 233(2): 135-143. DOI: 10.1086/695689

Fahimi, N., Seyfabadi, J., Sari, A., 2017. Size at sexual maturity, breeding season, and fecundity of the intertidal xanthid crab Leptodius exaratus (H. Milne Edwards, 1834) (Decapoda: Brachyura) in the Persian Gulf, Iran. Journal of Crustacean Biology 37(4): 465-472. DOI: 10.1093/jcbiol/rux045

Esmaeili-Rineh, S., Sari, A., Fiser, C., Bargrizaneh, Z., 2017. Completion of molecular taxonomy: description of four amphipod species (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Niphargidae) from Iran and release of database for morphological taxonomy. Zoologischer Anzeiger 271: 57-79. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcz.2017.04.009

Darabi-Darestani, K., Sari, A., Utevska, O., Utevsky, S.Y., 2016. Coloration pattern in populations of the eastern medicinal leech, Hirudo orientalis Utevsky & Trontelj, 2005 (Clitellata, Hirudinida): geographical distribution and life history. Zoomorphology 135(3): 291-303. DOI: 10.1007/s00435-016-0316-9

Katouzian, A.R., Sari, A., Macher, J.N., Weiss, M., Saboori, A., Leese, F., Weigand, A.M., 2016. Drastic underestimation of amphipod biodiversity in the endangered Irano-Anatolian and Caucasus biodiversity hotspots. Scientific Reports 6: Article Number: 22507. DOI: 10.1038/srep22507

Esmaeili-Rineh, S., Sari, A., Delic, T., Moskric, A., Fiser, C., 2015. Molecular phylogeny of the subterranean genus Niphargus (Crustacea: Amphipoda) in the Middle East: a comparison with European Niphargids. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 175(4): 812-826. DOI: 10.1111/zoj.12296

Naderloo, R., Tuerkay, M., Sari, A., 2013. Intertidal habitats and decapod (Crustacea) diversity of Qeshm Island, a biodiversity hotspot within the Persian Gulf. Marine Biodiversity 43(4): 445-462 DOI: 10.1007/s12526-013-0174-3

Watanabe, H., Hoeg, J.T., Chan, B.K.K., Kojima, S., Sari, A., 2008. First report of antennular attachment organs in a barnacle nauplius larva. Journal of Zoology 274(3): 284-291. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2007.00384.x

Sari, A., Malek, M., 2000. Occurrence of Maritrema arenaria (Digenea : Microphallidae) in the acorn barnacle, Balanus perforatus (Cirripedia : Balanidae) from south-west Wales.

Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 80(2): 371-372. DOI: 10.1017/S0025315499002015