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November 17, 2011
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Matt Paulsen, Nebraska USA

Posted by Blaps Nov 17, 2011

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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:

http://www.pteron-world.com/english/pycnosiphorus/pycnosiphorus1.htm

 

And, Scarabs of Nebraska:

http://www-museum.unl.edu/research/entomology/CPBS/CPBSscarabs.html

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

http://www.unl.edu/museum/research/entomology/workers/index2.htm

 

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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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Andrew Smith,  Canada

Posted by Blaps Nov 17, 2011

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Andrew B T Smith


Visiting from:

Canadian Museum of Nature
Working with: Malcolm Kerley, Curator of Scarabaeoidea, and Max Barclay, Coleoptera Collections Manager; Matt Paulsen
Arrived at the Museum: 15th August 2011
Leaving date: 31st August 2011 

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Andrew, Max and Matt Paulsen

 

Andrew identified thousands of specimens of Melolonthinae and Rutelinae from the Museum's accessions of undetermined material in the two weeks that he spent in the Coleoptera section.  25 drawers of New World Melolonthinae were identified and incorporated into the main collection. Parts of the collection were reorganised to  reflect modern classification schemes and over 50 specimens collected by Charles Darwin in southern South America  during the voyage of the Beagle were located and databased!  Many of the Darwin specimens had no  explicit information on the labels linking them to Darwin so there was much detective work involved as well! This was all achieved on a collections enhancement grant.

 

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Platycoelia convexa Smith, 2003



Research interests:

Andrew is a Research Associate of the Canadian Museum of Nature. His research interests include the systematics, molecular phylogenetics, biogeography, and conservation of scarab beetles. Andrew has recently completed revisions of all of the Neotropical Anoplognathini (Rutelinae). 
Here is an excellent website giving detailed information about the Scarab workers of the world:

http://www.unl.edu/museum/research/entomology/workers/index2.htm

 

 

Relevant publications:

Smith, A. B. T. 2009. Description of a new species of Platycoelia Dejean (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anoplognathini) from Bolivia. Zootaxa 2105: 66-68.

 

Bouchard, P., V. V. Grebennikov, A. B. T. Smith, and H. Douglas. 2009. Biodiversity of Coleoptera. In, R. G. Foottit and P. H. Adler (eds.), Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.

 

Smith, A. B. T. 2008. South American Melolonthinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) classification and nomenclature: some problems and solutions. Insecta Mundi 60: 1-28.


Smith, A. B. T. and P. E. Skelley. 2007. A review of the Aphodiinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of southern South America. Zootaxa 1458: 1-80.