Conrad Gillett


Corad Gillett

Conrad Gillett with Dynastes hercules and Megasoma actaeon in Orellana, Ecuador,
August 2007.


Conrad Gillett has been collecting andstudying scarabs and other beetles since childhood, when he was brought up in Brazil and inherited a passion for nature and for beetles in particular. Whilst generally fascinated in beetle diversity, his main interests lie in the rich Neotropical fauna, especially the systematics, faunistics, and ecology of the subfamilies Scarabaeinae and Dynastinae, although he also has interests in cetoniines, rutelines and geotrupids. The Palaearctic fauna, especially that of the Arabian Peninsula (where he resided for several years) and of his home continent of Europe (where he has collected scarabs extensively for more than 20 years) is also of great interest to him. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences, he decided to pursue his main interest as a career, completing a Master’s degree on taxonomy and biodiversity at the Imperial College, London, when he focussed on the phylogeny of Cerambycidae for his dissertation. He was thereafter based at the Department of Entomology at the Natural History Museum in London for 3 years, where he worked as a curator of the Coleoptera, gaining valuable experience in one of the finest and most comprehensive entomological collections in the world. During 2009-2010 he held the position of curator of invertebrates at the National Zoological Collections of Suriname, part of the University of Suriname, where he undertook much fieldwork and research in Amazonia, and developed the collections.

In addition to traditional taxonomic methods, Conrad is trained in advanced molecular phylogenetics laboratory techniques, and in computational bioinformatics analyses of genomic data obtained through next-generation sequencing technologies. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of East Anglia and the Natural History Museum, conducting original research on the higher-level relationships within the mega-diverse superfamily Curculionoidea.

Conrad enjoys fieldwork and has undertaken research in the Atlantic forest, Cerrado, Caatinga, Amazon basin, Guyanan shield, tropical and temperate Andes, Central America, North America, the Arabian Peninsula, tropical Africa, tropical Asia, the Mediterranean Basin and across most of Europe.


Conrad P.D.T. Gillett
School of Biological Sciences
University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom



Gillett, C.P.D.T. and M.P.T. Gillett (In prep.). The Dynastinae of the island of Saba, Dutch Caribbean (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).

Gillett, C.P.D.T., A. Crampton-Platt, M.J.T.N. Timmermans, B.H. Jordal, B.C. Emerson, and A.P. Vogler. 2014. Bulk de novo mitogenome assembly elucidates the phylogeny of weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea). Molecular Biology and Evolution 31(8): 2223-2237.

Gillett, C.P.D.T and R. Preziosi. (2010). A new record and locality for the Neotropical scarab beetle Ontherus compressicornis Luederwaldt, 1931 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) Lambillionea 110: 88-90.

Gillett, C.P.D.T., M.P.T. Gillett, J.E.D.T. Gillett and F.Z. Vaz-de-Mello. 2010. Diversity and distribution of the scarab beetle tribe Phanaeini in the northern states of the Brazilian Northeast (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae). Insecta Mundi 0118: 1-19.

Gillett, C.P.D.T., A. Drumont and Y. Ponchel. 2010. The rare rhinoceros beetle Ceratophileurus lemoulti Ohaus, 1911 in French Guiana and Suriname (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidea: Dynastinae: Phileurini). Zookeys 34: 193-198.

Noriega, J.A., C.P.D.T. Gillett, A. Sandoval-Mojica, J.I. Blanco, L.C. Pardo, G. Valencia and A. Santibáñez. 2009. New records and distributional range extension for Phanaeus haroldi Kirsch, 1871 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae): A consolidation of biological and biogeographic information. Lambillionea 109: 403-414.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. 2009. A new country record for Chrysina (Plusiotis) diversa Ohaus, 1912 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae) in Central America. Insecta Mundi 0108: 1-3.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. 2009. New records of dynastine scarab beetles in the tribes Oryctini, Agaocephalini and Dynastini from Cayo district, Belize (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Insecta Mundi 0099: 1-9.

Gillett, M.P.T and C.P.D.T. Gillett. 2009. Confirmation of the occurrence of Temnorhynchus baal Reiche & Saulcy on the island of Naxos, Greece (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Lambillionea 109(2): 198-199.

Gillett, C.P.D.T, W.D. Edmonds and S. Villamarin. 2009. Distribution and biology of the rare scarab beetle Megatharsis buckleyi Waterhouse, 1891 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae: Phanaeini). Insecta Mundi 0080: 1-8.

Moravec, J. and C.P.D.T. Gillett. 2009. Annotated list of specimens of Madagascan Cicindelidae deposited in The Natural History Museum London. Folia Heyrovskyana, series A 16(4): 131-154.

Gillett, M.P.T. and C.P.D.T. Gillett. 2009. Cleridae of the United Arab Emirates and northern Oman. Lambillionea 109(1): 89-94.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. 2009. Dichotomius maya Peraza & Deloya, 2006 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae: Coprini) in Belize, a new country record for this Central American dung beetle. Insecta Mundi 0064: 1-4.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. and M.P.T. Gillett. 2008. Bubas bubaloides Janssens, 1938 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) in Europe. Lambillionea 108(4): 529-533.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. 2007. A new record and locality for Megapenthes lugens (Redtenbacher, 1842) (Elateridae) in Southern England: Silwood Park, Berkshire. The Coleopterist 16(3): 146-148.

Rejzek, M., C.P.D.T. Gillett, A. Drumont and M.P.T. Gillett. 2005. On the distribution and biology of the Genus Anthracocentrus Quentin & Villiers, 1983 in the Persian Gulf region (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Prioninae). Lambillionea 105(3): 353-369.

Gillett, M.P.T. and C.P.D.T. Gillett. 2002. A winter survey of insects and other terrestrial invertebrates on Marawah Island, Abu Dhabi. Tribulus 12(2): 12-19.

Gillett, M.P.T. and C.P.D.T. Gillett. 1997. A solitary representative of the flower chafer beetles in the Al Ain region: Stalagmosoma albella (Pallas, 1781) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Tribulus 7(1): 22.

Book chapters, newsletter articles etc.
Gillett M.P.T. and C.P.D.T. Gillett (2005). Insects and other arthropods. In: Hellyer P. and Aspinall S. J. [eds] The Emirates: A Natural History. Trident Press, London, pp 168-194.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. (2009). Beautiful Scarabs in the Collection of the Natural History Museum, London, Scarabs 46: 4-7.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. and M. Bunalski. (2009). Beginner’s Guide : Scarabaeidae: Onthophagus. Beetle News 2: 7-11.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. and M.P.T. Gillett (2009). A very simple and effective trap for necrophagous Scarabaeinae. Scarabs 42: 17-21.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. (2009). Some unusual scarabs from the collections of the Natural History Museum, London (BMNH). Scarabs 40: 1-5.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. (2009). A passion for French rose chafers: an exceptional site for Cetoniinae in Ardèche, France. Scarabs 36:1-12.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. (2009). Anonymous contributions gratefully accepted! Scarabs 35: 4-5.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. (2008). Collecting in Belize May/June 2006. Scarabs 29: 1-14.

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