L.A. Akhmetova

Revision of Metadorodocia Machatschke

Akhmetova, L.A., Montreuil, O. 2010. Revision of Metadorodocia Machatschke, 1957, a genus endemic to Madagascar (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Adoretini). Zootaxa, 2401: 61-68.

The genus Metadorodocia, which is endemic to Madagascar, is revised. A lectotype is designated for its type species, Adoretus vittatus Waterhouse, 1878. A second species of this genus, Metadorodocia frolovi n. sp., is diagnosed from M. vittata and described. Illustrations for both species are provided and their distributions are clarified.

К познанию фауны пластинчатоусых жуков рода Aphodius Самарской области

Ахметова, Л.А. 2006. К познанию фауны пластинчатоусых жуков рода Aphodius Illiger, 1798 (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) Самарской области. Евразиатский энтомол. журнал 5(3): 247-248.

В результате полевых исследований выявлено 6 видов пластинчатоусых жуков рода Aphodius, раннее не указанных для Самарской области.

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. .

New to Russia and little known species of the genus Aphodius

Figs 5–6. Aphodius, general view (male). 5, A. clathratus; 6, A. melanostictus.

Akhmetova, L.A., Frolov, A.V. 2009. New to Russia and little known species of the genus Aphodius Illiger (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Zoosystematica Rossica, 18(2): 278–284.  PDF (476.29 KB)

Abstract. Aphodius (AgoliinusguttatusA. (Chilothoraxclathratus, and A. (Aphodaulacuskizeritskyi are recorded from Russia for the first time. Aphodius (Agoliinusamurensis previously known only from the type locality is found in the Lazo Nature Reserve (Russian Far East). All species are diagnosed and illustrated. Comments on diagnostic characters, distribution and bionomics are given.

Contribution to study of Lower Volga center of scarab beetle diversity in Russia

Figure 1. Fixed sands near Dosang, Astrakhan Province, Russia.Frolov, A. V. & Akhmetova, L. A. 2013. A contribution to the study of the Lower Volga center of scarab beetle diversity in Russia: checklist of the tribe Aphodiini (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) of Dosang environs. Biodiversity Data Journal, 1: e979.

The field sampling of the Aphodiini scarab beetles in Dosang environs (Astrakhan Province, European Russia) in 2006–2012 resulted in the collection of 44 species. All but one of them belong to Aphodius Hellwig ( sensu lato). This is apparently the richest recorded local Aphodiini fauna in Russia. The high Aphodiini diversity in the area can be explained by the long vegetative season with high effective heat sum, large livestock providing abundant food resources throughout the year, and location in the transition belt between Volga-Akhtuba Floodplain and Desert floristic districts. The core fauna consists of mesophilous species widely distributed in the Palearctic region and confined to the intrazonal habitats. Other species have ranges mostly limited to the steppe, semidesert, and desert zones.

Обзор пластинчатоусых жуков трибы Aphodiini фауны России

Рис. 1. Карта распределения относительного видового разнообразия Aphodiini фауны России.Ахметова Л.А., Фролов А.В. 2014. Обзор пластинчатоусых жуков трибы Aphodiini (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) фауны России. Энтомологическое обозрение, 93(2): 403-497. 

Дан аннотированный список 183 видов пластинчатоусых жуков трибы Aphodiini фауны России. Наибольшее видовое разнообразие афодиин характерно для южных горных регионов страны, наиболее богатые локальные фауны известны из Нижнего Поволжья. Максимальное число видов характерно для степной и широколиственной зон, а также для неморальных типов поясности. Основную часть фауны составляют виды с широкими ареалами; 111 видов встречается в двух и более зонах и высотных поясах. Предложено зоогеографическое районирование России на основе кластерного анализа провинциальных фаун Aphodiini. 

Size correlation between larvae and adults in Aphodius

Scatter diagram and regression line

Frolov, A. V. & Akhmetova, L. A. 2005. Size correlation between larvae and adults in Aphodius (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Bulletin de l'Institute Royal des sciences naturelles de Belgique, Entomologie, 75: 321-324. Fulltext PDF (199.22 KB)

Correlation between simple averages of 4 measurements of adults (separately for males and females) and 2 measurements of third-instar larvae was studied in 19 Palearctic species of dung beetle genus Aphodius Illiger. The greatest correlation (r=0.973) is found between head width of larvae (HWL) and elytra width of male beetles (EWM). The equation (HWL = 0.26 + 0.54 × EWM) can be used as an additional tool for rapid larval identification.

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