Year: 2016, Issue: June

On some economically important scarab beetles (Coleoptera : Scarabaeoidea) from Gomarda wildlife sanctuary, Chhattisgarh

Author:

Kailash Chandra, Joyjit Ghosh, Amitava Majumder, Sumana Halder and Devanshu Gupta

Keyword:

Taxonomy, Diversity, Distribution, Scarab beetles, India.
The paper reports the occurrence of 36 species of scarab beetles (Coleoptera : Scarabaeoidea) belonging to 20 genera, 8 subfamilies and 3 families, Scarabaeidae, Hybosoridae and Geotrupidae from Gomarda Wildlife Sanctuary, Chhattisgarh. Scarabaeidae is represented by 34 species while Geotrupidae and Hybosoridae include a single species each. Bolbohamatum phallosum Krikken,1980 (Bolboceratinae) and Adoretus versutus Harold,1869 (Rutelinae) have been recorded for the first time from the state. Based on their pattern of feeding, the scarab beetle fauna of Gomarda Wildlife Sanctuary can be classified into 2 major groups viz. dung beetles and chafers. It was found about 25 species feeding on dung and decaying matters while the other 9 species were collected from different leaves and flowers.

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