A review of the Attagenus (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) species from South Africa and an image-based key to identification


  • Graham Holloway Cole Museum of Zoology, School of Biological Sciences, HLS Building, The University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, United Kingdom https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0495-0313
  • Tara Cole Museum of Zoology, School of Biological Sciences, HLS Building, The University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, United Kingdom
  • Marcin Department of Biology, Evolution and Conservation of Invertebrates, Centre for Forensic Biology and Entomology, University of Wrocław, Wrocław, Poland https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5983-0402




South Africa, citizen science, Attageninae, taxonomy, key


The Dermestidae is a relatively poorly studied family of insects but with a high rate of species discovery. The South African region is particularly rich in Attagenus spp. many of which are distinctively patterned. This study provides an updated list of Attagenus spp. in South Africa with a complete literature review and an image-based identification key to the Attagenus species within South Africa. Images of most species are provided. With the rise in significance of citizen science recording schemes, this study facilitates image-based identification and encourages both entomologists and citizen scientists to further contribute to the understanding of this beautiful Coleopteran family.


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Holloway G, Joseph TS, Kadej M. A review of the Attagenus (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) species from South Africa and an image-based key to identification. Afr. Entomol. [Internet]. 2024 Apr. 2 [cited 2024 Jul. 24];32. Available from: https://www.africanentomology.com/article/view/16250