Petr Šípek

Main research interest

Phylogeny, biogeography and ecology of flower chafers (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae) and other members of plant feeding Scarabaeidae (in co-operation with Dominik Vondráček). Ecology of carrion communities.

Main ongoing projects:

  • Immature stages of 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.
  • Phylogeography and phylogeny of several European flower-chafers (including Oxythyrea Mulsant, 1842 and Potosia cuprea (Fabricius, 1795).
  • Aspects of ecology and ontogenetic development of rose-chafers.

Ecology of carrion insects on carcasses of small vertebrates.



Petr Šípek, MSc., PhD, Associated professor
Dept. of Zoology,
Faculty of Science, Charles University
Viničná 7
128 44
Praha, Czech Republic



Publications dealing with Coleoptera

Šípek P., Fabrizii S, Eberle T & Ahrens D. 2016: A molecular phylogeny of rose chafers (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae) reveals a complex and concerted morphological evolution related to their flight mode. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 101: 163-175.

Vend T. & Šípek P. (2016): Immature stages of giants: morphology and growth characteristics of Goliathus Lamarck, 1801 larvae indicate a predatory way of life (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Cetoniinae). ZooKeys  619: 25-44.

Vendl T., Kratochvíl L, & Šípek P. (2016). Ontogeny of sexual size dimorphism in the hornless rose chafer Pachnoda marginata (Coleoptera:Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae). Zoology 119; 481-488.

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: 571-604.

Perissinotto R. Šípek P. & Ball J.B. (2014). Description of adult and third instar larva of Trichostetha curlei sp. n. (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Cetoniinae) from the Cape region of South Africa. ZooKeys 428: 41-56.

Ahrens D., Fabrizi S., Šípek P. & Lago P. (2013). Integrative analysis of DNA phylogeography and morphology of the European rose chafer (Cetonia aurata) to infer species taxonomy and patterns of postglacial colonization in Europe. Molecular phylogeny and Evolution 69: 83-94.

Král D. & Šípek P. (2013). Aphodiinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of the Goa, Maharashtra and Rajasthan (India) with description of Aphodius (Gilletianus) rajawatorum sp nov. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 53: 633-648.

Šípek P., Vendl, T.& Král, D. (2012). Homothyrea inornatipennis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Leucocelina): immature stages and distribution. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 52 Supplement 2: 183-193.

Šípek, P. & Král, D. (2012) Immature stages of the rose chafers (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae): a historical overview. Zootaxa 3323: 1-26.

Šípek, P., Ricchiardi, E., & Perissinitto, R., (2012). Immature stages and ecology of two species of the South African genus Stripsipher Gory & Percheron, 1833 (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Cetoniinae, Trichiini). ZooKeys 180: 19-40.

Šípek P., Král D. & Janšta P. (2011). Immature stages of Euchirinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea): genera Cheirotonus and Propomacrus with comments on their phylogeny based on larval and adult characters. Invertebrate Systematics 25 (4): 282-302.

Šípek P. & Ahrens D. (2011). Inferring larval taxonomy and morphology in Maladera species (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Sericini) using DNA taxonomy tools. Systematic Entomology 36: 628-643.

Šípek P., Grebennikov V. & Gill B. (2009). Afromontane Coelocorynus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae): larval descriptions, biological notes, phylogenetic analysis and polyphyly of Trichiini. European Journal of Entomology 106: 95-106.

Micó E., Morón M.A., Šípek P. & Galante E. (2008). Larval morphology enhances phylogenetic reconstruction in Cetoniidae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea) and allows the interpretation of the evolution of larval feeding habits. Systematic Entomology 33: 128-144.

Šípek P., Král D. & Jahn O. (2008). Description of the larvae of Dicronocephalus wallichi bourgoini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae) with observations on nesting behavior and life cycle of two Dicronocephalus species under laboratory conditions. Annales de la Sócieté Entomologique de France 44: 409-417.

Bílý S. Fikáček M. & Šípek P. (2008). First record of myrmecophily in buprestid beetles: immature stages of Habroloma myrmecophila sp nov (Coleoptera : Buprestidae) associated with Oecophylla ants (Hymenoptera : Formicidae). Insect systematics & Evolution 39: 121-131.

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