Conrad Gillett


Conrad Gillett in Ecuador,
September 2006.


Conrad Gillett has been collecting and studying scarabs and other beetles since childhood, when he was brought up in Brazil and inherited a passion for nature and for beetles in particular. Since then he has continued to collect extensively in Europe, Arabia, and the Americas.

His main scarab interests lie in the rich Neotropical fauna, especially the faunistics, taxonomy and ecology of the subfamilies Scarabaeinae and Dynastinae, although he is very easily persuaded to study cetoniines, rutelines and others too!  He also has strong interests in the Palaearctic fauna, especially that of the Arabian Peninsula (where he lived for several years) and his home continent of Europe (where he has collected for more than 20 years). His favourite scarab has always been Copris lunaris (L.)!

After obtaining a 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. He was thereafter based at the Department of Entomology at the Natural History Museum in London for 3 years, where he worked as curator of the Coleoptera collections. From March 2009 until March 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, taught entomology, and developed the collections.

Conrad is trained in molecular phylogenetics techniques and has recently transferred onto the mega-diverse family Curculionidae. He is currently undertaking research towards a PhD degree at the University of East Anglia and the Natural History Museum, London, where he is investigating higher level relationships within the true weevils using molecular tools.

Conrad has undertaken field research in the Atlantic Forest, Cerrado, Caatinga, Amazon basin, Guyanan shield, Tropical Andes, Temperate Andes, Central America, North America, the Arabian Peninsula, Mediterranean Basin, and across most of Europe.


Conrad P.D.T. Gillett
School of Biological Sciences
University of East Anglia
United Kingdom



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 (Bulletin of the Emirates Natural History Group) 7(1): 22.


Gillett M.P.T. and C.P.D.T. Gillett (1999). Insect biodiversity on Merawah Island, Abu Dhabi. A preliminary report to ERWDA (Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, Abu Dhabi) based on a Visit during 27-29 December 1998.


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


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, 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.


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


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, 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.


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. (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, 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.


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., 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.


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.

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. (In prep.). Diversity and distribution of the scarab beetle tribe Phanaeini in Suriname (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae).


Gillett, C.P.D.T. and M.P.T. Gillett. (In prep.). The scarab beetles of Saba, Netherlands Antilles, part 1: The rhinoceros beetles, Dynastinae.


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. (2008). Collecting in Belize May/June 2006. Scarabs 29: 1-14.


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


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). Some unusual scarabs from the collections of the Natural History Museum, London (BMNH). Scarabs 40: 1-5.


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


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


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


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