Frolov A. V., Akhmetova L. A., Vaz-de-Mello F. Z. 2017. Revision of the South American genus Paraegidium (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Orphninae). Journal of Natural History, 51, 995–1014.

DOI: 10.1080/00222933.2017.1326640


Revision of the South American genus Paraegidium (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Orphninae)


Frolov, A.V.1,2, L.A. Akhmetovaand Fernando Z. Vaz-de-Mello2

1Laboratory of Insect Systematics, Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya nab., 1, St.-Petersburg, 199034 Russia. Email:

2Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Instituto de Biociências, Departamento de Biologia e Zoologia, Av. Fernando Corrêa da Costa, 2367, Boa Esperança, 78060-900 Cuiabá, MT, Brazil.


The Neotropical Orphninae genus Paraegidium Vulcano et al. is revised. Five new species are described: Paraegidium monneorum sp. nov., Paraegidium barretoi sp. nov., Paraegidium pokornyi sp. nov., Paraegidium howdeni sp. nov., and Paraegidium oliveirai sp. nov. The genus is subendemic to Brazil, and its species are distributed from Guiana Shield in the north to the Peruvian Yungas in the west and to Serra do Mar escarpments in the southeast. Keys, descriptions, illustrations of habitus and male genitalia, and distributional record map are given.