Dominik Vondráček

Main research interest

Dominik Vondráček

Phylogeny, biogeography and ecology of flower chafers (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae) and other members of Scarabaeoidea as well (in co-operation with Petr Šípek).

Main ongoing projects:

  • Phylogeography of the flower chafer Oxythyrea funesta (Poda, 1761) and phylogeny of the genus Oxythyrea Mulsant, 1842 using molecular and morphological data from larval and adult stages.
  • Similar project focused on species complex Potosia cuprea (Fabricius, 1795).

Adjacent to my emphasis on the Palearctic (mainly European) Cetoniinae I am also interested in immature stages of other flower chafer groups from all around the world as well as higher phylogeny of the subfamily Cetoniinae using molecular and morphological data from larval and adult stages.


Taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of hydrophiloid beetles (with Martin Fikáček and his team).

Accelerating taxonomic research using image recognition systems and citizen science contribution (with Miroslav Valan and his team).

Long term project on inventorizing of Philippine fauna in Mindanao island with conservation application (with Alma B. Mohagan from Central Mindanao University).

Oxythyrea pantherina (© Dominik Vondráček)


Mgr. Dominik Vondráček
Department of Entomology
Cirkusová 1740
CZ-193 00 Praha 9 – Horní Počernice
Czech Republic
T: +420 224 497 884




Oxythyrea pantherina (© Dominik Vondráček)

Publications dealing with Coleoptera

Angus R. B., Jia F., Chen Z., Zhang Y., Vondráček D., Fikáček M. (2016): Taxonomy, larval morphology and cytogenetics of Lihelophorus, the Tibetan endemic subgenus of Helophorus (Coleoptera: Hydrophiloidea). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 56(1): 109-148.

Fikáček M, Maruyama M., Komatsu T., Beeren von C., Vondráček D., Short A. E. Z. (2015): Protosternini (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae) corroborated as monophyletic and its larva described for the first time: a review of the myrmecophilous genus Sphaerocetum. Invertebrate Systematics 29: 23–36.

Fikáček M., Vondráček D. (2014): A review of Pseudorygmodus (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae), with notes on the classification of the Anacaenini and on distribution of genera endemic to southern South America. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 54(2): 497-514.

Vendl T., Vondráček D., Kubáň V., Šípek P. (2014): Immature stages of Taenioderini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae): a report of hidden morphological diversity. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 54(2): 571–604.

Fikáček M., Maruyama M., Vondráček D., Short A. E. Z. (2013): Chimaerocyon gen. nov., a morphologically aberrant myrmecophilous genus of water scavenger beetle (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Sphaeridiinae). Zootaxa 3716 (2): 289–300.

Fikáček M., Minoshima Y., Vondráček D., Gunter N., Leschen R. A. B. (2013): Morphology of adults and larvae and integrative taxonomy of Gondwanan genera Tormus and Afrotormus (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 53: 75-126.

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