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Matt Paulsen, Nebraska USA

Posted by Blaps on Nov 17, 2011 4:07:12 PM

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Matt Paulsen


Visiting from:

University of Nebraska State Museum

Working with: Malcolm Kerley, Curator of Scarabaeoidea, and Max Barclay, Coleoptera Collections Manager; Andrew Smith

Arrived at the Museum: 15th August 2011
Leaving date: 31st August 2011 


Matt identified over 2,300 species of Lucanidae from the Museums' accession material. There was particular improvement in the Ochodaeidae, where all historical generic placements were corrected and in some cases, await publication.

This was all achieved on a collections enhancement grant.

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Lamprima adolphinae Gestro, 1875


Research interests:

Matt is interested in  the phylogeny, ecology, and taxonomy of New World scarab beetles, and higher-level classification of Lucanidae. as well as the phylogeny, ecology, and behavior of the Euphoriina (Cetoniinae) and Aphodiini (Aphodiinae) and systematics of Glaresidae and Ochodaeidae.

He is also working on the Pycnosiphorus of South America:


And, Scarabs of Nebraska:

Here is an excellent website giving detailed information about the Scarab workers of the world:


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Matt Paulsen, Xia Wan (Working on Lucanidae from China)


Relevant publications:

Paulsen M.J., 2011. A new species of Parochodaeus Nikolajev from the southwestern United States (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea: Ochodaeidae). Insecta Mundi  Volume: 0184   Pages: 1-4 


Paulsen M.J., 2011. A second species of Lucanobium Howden and Lawrence from South America (Coleoptera: Lucanidae: Aesalinae). Insecta Mundi  Volume: 0171   Pages: 1-3 


Paulsen M.J.; Smith Andrew B.T., 2010. Revision of the genus Chiasognathus Stephens of southern South America with the description of a new species (Coleoptera, Lucanidae, Lucaninae, Chiasognathini).
ZooKeys  Volume: 43   Pages: 33-63 



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