A.V. Frolov

Two new synonyms for Aphodius koltzei

Frolov, A.V. 2008. Two new synonyms for Aphodius koltzei (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 17(1): 100.  PDF (130.67 KB)

Abstract — Examination of the type specimens of Aphodius kurenzovi Nikritin, 1969 and A. medvedevi Nikritin, 1969, described from Primorskiy Terr., showed that they cannot be distinguished from A. koltzei Reitter, 1892. Two new synonym are therefore established.

New and little known species of Aphodius subgenus Aphodaulacus

Figs 1-11. Aphodius Illiger. (1, 6, 8) A. kizeritskyi, sp. n.; (2, 7, 9) A. turkestanicus; (3, 4, 11) A. ignobilis. (5, 10) A. grumi

Frolov, A.V. 2002. New and little known species of Aphodius subgenus Aphodaulacus (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) from Middle Asia and China. Zoosystematica Rossica, 11(1): 163–165. 

The species of Aphodius Illiger subgenus Aphodaulacus W.Koshantschikov from Middle Asia and China related to A. turkestanicus Heyden are reviewed. Two new species are described: A. kizeritskyi, sp. n. and A. grumi, sp. n.

A review of the Aphodius subgenus Chilothorax of China

Figs. 1–9. 1, 2, 3 – A. kukunorensis; 5, 6, 7 – A. sinicus; 4, 8, 9 – A. dzongensis;

Frolov, A.V. 2002. A review of the Aphodius Illiger, 1798 subgenus Chilothorax Motschulsky, 1859 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of China. Russian Entomological Journal, 10(4): 395–399. PDF (11.6 MB)

Abstract — Representatives of Aphodius Illiger, 1798, subgenus Chilothorax Motschulsky, 1859, of China are reviewed and a key to species is presented. One new species, A. potanini Frolov, sp.n., is described and A. kukunorensis Semenov, 1898 is re-described.

Revision of the genus Delopleurus with description of new species from Africa

Frolov, A.V. 2014. Revision of the genus Delopleurus Boheman (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) with description of new species from Africa. Journal of Natural History, 49: 1-25. 

The genus Delople​urus Erichson, 1847, is revised. Five new species are described from Africa: Delopleurus naviauxi sp. nov., Delopleurus krikkeni sp. nov., Delopleurus darrenmanni sp. nov., Delopleurus fossatus sp. nov. and Delopleurus pubescens sp. nov. One new synonymy is established (Delopleurus parvus (Sharp, 1875) = Delopleurus cardoni Paulian, 1934, syn. nov.). Lectotype of Delopleurus pullus Boheman, 1857, is designated. Delopleurus janssensi Frey, 1963, is transferred to the genus Metacatharsius Paulian, 1939. A key to the Delopleurus species and locality maps are given.

A review of subgenus Nobius genus Aphodius Illiger of Russia and neighboring countries

Figs. 1–8. Aphodius Ill., general view: (1, 2) A. pustulifer Reitt., (3, 4) A. chaldaeus Petr., (5, 6) A. serotinus (Panz.), (7, 8) A. inclusus Reitt.Akhmetova, L.A., Frolov, A.V. 2008. A Review of Scarabs of the Subgenus Nobius Mulsant et Rey, Genus Aphodius Illiger (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae), of the Fauna of Russia and Neighboring Countries. Entomological Review, 88(4): 421-434.

Scarab beetles of the subgenus Nobius Mulsant et Rey, genus Aphodius Illiger, distributed in Russia and neighboring countries are reviewed. A key to the species and notes on their biology are given. The tree new synonymies are established: A. serotinus (Panz.),1799 = A. x-signum Reitter, 1892, syn. n.A. gresseri Sem. 1898 = A. korgaldzhensis Nikolajev, 1987, syn. n.A. chaldaeus Petr., 1971 = A. moreleti Baraud, 1980, syn. n. Lectotypes of A. inclusus Reitt., 1892 and A. gresseri are designated.

On the synonymy of two species names of the genus Aphodius described by Iablokoff-Khnzorian

Frolov, A.V., Akhmetova, L.A. 2008. On the synonymy of two species names of the genus Aphodius Ill. (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) described by S. M. Iablokoff-Khnzorian. Entomological Review, 87(3): 624–626.

Based on examination of the type material, names of two Aphodius species are placed in synonyms: A. edgardi Solsky, 1876 = A. sartus Iablokoff-Khnzorian, 1971, syn. n.; and A. putridus Geoffroy, 1785 = A. avetissiani Iablokoff-Khnzorian, 1964, syn. n.

On the Synonymy of Two Names of Species of the Genus Aphodius Described from Siberia

Frolov, A.V., Akhmetova, L.A. 2008. On the synonymy of two names of species of the genus Aphodius Ill. (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) described from Siberia. Entomological Review, 88(8): 916-917.

Based on examination of the type material, the following new synonymy is established: A. granarius (L., 1767) = A. tomskianus Balthasar, 1973, syn. n.A. granarius (L., 1767) = A. pecirkai Balthasar, 1932, syn. n. .

A new species, Orphnus drumonti, from the Democratic Republic of Congo

Figs. 1–6. Orphnus spp.: (1–3) Orphnus drumonti sp. n., male, holotype; (4–6) O. striatopunctatus Felsche, male [(1, 4) habitus; (2, 5) pronotum and head, lateral view; (3, 6) parameres, dorsal and lateral view]

Frolov, A.V. 2009. A new species, Orphnus drumonti sp. n. (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae), from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Entomological Review, 89(6): 753–754.

Abstract—A new species of the genus Orphnus MacLeay, 1819 is described from Kisantu (Democratic Republic of Congo). The new species is similar to O. striatopunctatus Felsche in having a long bifurcated clypeal horn in the male, but can be distinguished from it by the shape of the parameres and longitudinal ridges on the pronotum, relatively slender body, and more slender clypeal horn.

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