Orphnus giganteus Paulian, 1948

Orphnus giganteus Paulian


Original description: Paulian R. 1948

Type locality: Zambia.

Type depository: National Museum of Natural History, Paris.

Diagnosis. Orphnus giganteus is easily distinguished from other Phornus species by the characteristic sculpture of the head and pronotum, small eyes, and parameres with excavations on the ventral side. From all species except for O. renaudi Frolov et Akhmetova it also differs in having well developed wings.

Orphnus giganteus, male

Orphnus giganteus


Distribution. O. giganteus is known from a number of localities chiefly on the Katanga Plateau.

Orphnus giganteus, locality map

Orphnus giganteus, locality map



Paulian R. 1948. Revision des Orphnus Africains (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Annales de la Societe entomologique de France.117:1-75.

Frolov AV, Akhmetova LA. 2016. Revision of the subgenus Orphnus (Phornus) (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Orphninae). European Journal of Taxonomy, 241, 1–20.