new species

Revision of the Afrotropical dung beetle genus Sarophorus

Frolov, A.V., Scholtz, C.H. 2003. Revision of the Afrotropical dung beetle genus Sarophorus Erichson (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). African Entomology, 11, 183-198. PDF (9.66 MB)

The genus Sarophorus Erichson is revised. Six new species, S. bidentatus sp. n., S. punctatus sp. n., S. carinatus sp. n., S. striatus sp. n., S. latus sp. n., and S. nitidus sp. n., are described. A key to the species is given. Two species-groups are established.

Revision of the southern African genus Frankenbergerius Balthasar with description of new taxa

Figs. 1-12. Frankenbergerius spp. 1 – Frankenbergerius sp.; 2 – Coptorhina sp.; 3, 6, 8, 9, 11 – F. nanus; 4, 7, 10, 12 – F. opacus sp. n., holotype; 5 – F. gomesi. 1, 2 –scheme of thoracic pleurites (ms – metepisternon, s – secondary suture, ep – epipleuron); 3, 4 – pronoptum in lateral view; 5, 6 – anterior tibia of ♂; 7, 8 – habitus of ♂; 9, 10 – abdomen.

Frolov, A.V., Scholtz, C.H. 2005. Revision of the southern African genus Frankenbergerius Balthasar with description of new taxa (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae). Journal of Natural History, 39, 2355-2377.

The southern African genus Frankenbergerius Balthasar is revised. Two new species, F. opacus sp. n. and F. nitidus sp. n. (South Africa, Western Cape), and one new subspecies, F. armatus tuberculatus ssp. n. (South Africa, Mpumalanga), are described. F. imitativus (Péringuey) is considered a junior synonym of F. forcipatus (Harold). A key to the species and notes on biology are given.

New Species of Triodontus from Southern Madagascar

Figs. 1–4. Triodontus hanskii sp. n.: (1, 2) habitus; (3) abdomen, ventral view; (4) parameres, lateral, dorsal, and ventral view.

A.V. Frolov. 2010. A New Species of the Genus Triodontus (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Orphninae) from Southern Madagascar. Entomological Review, Vol. 90, No. 8, pp. 1031–1034. PDF (476.29 KB)

Abstract — A new scarab beetle species of the endemic Madagascan genus Triodontus Westwood, T. hanskii sp. n., is described from a specimen collected in Southern Madagascar. The new species differs from similar Triodontus species with two medial pronotal tubercles and simple last abdominal sternite in a distinctive shape of the parameres. The type specimen of the new species originates from the southernmost remnant of indigenous rain forest of the island.

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).