L.A. Akhmetova

Revision of Coptorhina

Figures 1-8. Coptorhina spp. 1 – lateral view of body; 2-6 – head and pronotum in dorsal view; 7, 8 – pronotum in dorsal view. 1, 2 - C. auspicata; 3 - C. nitidipennis; 4 - C. excavata sp. n; 5 - C. nitefacta; 6 - C. klugii; 7 - C. angolensis;8 - C. davidi. Figures are not to scale.

Frolov, A.V., Akhmetova, L.A. & Scholtz, C.H. 2008. Revision of the obligate mushroom-feeding African “dung beetle”genus Coptorhina Hope (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae). Journal of Natural History, 42, 1477-1508.

The African genus Coptorhina Hope is revised. Nine new synonymies are established which reduces the number of valid names from 15 to six. One new species is also described. The name changes are the following: C. subaenea Janssens, C. bicolor Ancey, C. pygmaea Balthasar, and C. saganicola Müller are considered junior synonyms of C. nitidipennis Boheman; C. africana Hope, C. vicina Péringuey, C. obtusicornis Boheman, C. punctata Ferreira and C. optata Péringuey are considered junior synonyms of C. klugii Hope. The new species, C. excavata sp. n., is described from southern Africa. A key to the species and notes on biology are given.

Description of the 3-instar larva of Aphodius bimaculatus

Aphodius bimaculatus, 3-instar larva, head

Frolov, A.V., Akhmetova, L.A. 2006. Description of the Third-instar Larva of Aphodius bimaculatus (Laxmann) (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Entomological Review, 86, 433-437. PDF (87.71 KB)

Abstract. Third-instar larva of Aphodius bimaculatus (Laxmann) is described from the material collected in Belarus and compared with other known larvae of the subgenus Aphodius. The larva differs from other species in having convex clypeus with complex sculpture and in colour of the head.

A new scarab species, Aphodius gissaricus, from Pamir-Alay Mountains in Tajikistan

Figs. 1–8. Aphodius. A. gissaricus, holotype, male (1, 7); paratype, male (2, 3, 5); A. scuticollis male (4, 6, 8). Figs. 1, 3, 4 — body in dorsal view; 2 — body in ventral view; 5, 6, — aedeagus in dorsal and lateral view; 7, 8 — apices of metatibiae.

Akhmetova, L.A., Frolov, A.V. 2012. A new scarab species, Aphodius gissaricus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae), from the Pamir-Alay Mountains in Tajikistan. Zootaxa, 3159, 65-68.

Aphodius gissaricus sp. n. is is described from two high and middle altitude localities in Pamir-Alay Mountains. It is similar to Aphodius (Melinopterus) scuticollis Semenov and both species have characters that could place them either in the subgenus Chilothorax Motschulsky or Melinopterus Mulsant. The elytral pattern of the new species varies from that typical of Melinopterus species (single elongated dark macula occupying most of each elytron) to that typical of some Chilothorax species (species-group A. grafi with two more-or-less distinct longitudinal or oblique stripes mainly on elytral intervals 3–4 and 6–7).