Shinya Kawai


Shinya Kawai in London, October 2008. Ready to collect . . . but the steady stare of the guardsman made him hesitate.


I am a coleopterist from Tokyo, Japan. My main interest in Scarabaeoidea is coprophagous scarabs and Lucanidae, with a special interest on world Trogidae, Lissapterini, Platycerini and small Lucanidae, Scarabaeus, Phanaeini, Pleocomidae, and all rare Scarabaeoidea (especially myrmecophilous scarabs). I like to exchange, and I can supply most Japanese Lucanidae, coprophagous scarabs, some Buprestidae or Trechinae, many world Trogidae, Phanaeini, and Lissapterini.


I am the secretary of the Japanese Society of Scarabaeoideans, and you are welcome to join or subscribe our journals, so please email me if interested. We publish the journal "KOGANE" (in English) once a year, containing taxonomic papers of world Scarabaeoidea, and "Saikaku-Tsushin" (in Japanese) twice a year. For more information, please visit:


I am also a distributor and publisher of entomological books in Japan. If anyone wants to distribute a book in Japan, please email me. Also if anyone needs Japanese books or papers, we can supply most books, including local journals. For more information, please visit:



Simouma 4-16-3, Setagaya-ku,

Tokyo, 154-0002







  1. Mizukami, T., & S. Kawai, 1992. A record of log-collecting of Lucanid beetles in California, U.S.A. Gekkan-mushi , Tokyo, (256): 17-21. (In Japanese)

  2. Mizukami, T., & S. Kawai, 1997. Nature of South Africa and ecological notes on the genus Colophon Gray. Gekkan-mushi , Tokyo, Suppl., (2): 1-79. (In Japanese)

  3. Kawai, S., 2000. New records of Ataenius picinus (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) from Japan. Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (1): 9-11. (In Japanese)

  4. Kawai, S., 2000. Guide to the collecting methods. [1] Collecting Bolbocerosoma nigroplagiatum (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) by digging into the ground. Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (1): 54-56. (In Japanese)

  5. Kawai, S. & M. Kawahara, 2001. Dung beetles (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) collected from Chiburi Island of the Oki Islands, Japan, in autumn. Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (2): 45-48. (In Japanese)

  6. Ochi, T., M. Kawahara & S. Kawai, 2001. A new species of the genus Trichiorhyssemus from the Ryukyus, Southwest Japan (Coleoptera, Aphodiidae). Kogane, Tokyo, (2): 50-54.

  7. Kawai, S., 2001. A record of dung beetle-collecting in Texas, U.S.A. Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (3): 33-39. (In Japanese)

  8. Ochi, T., M. Kawahara & S. Kawai, 2002. A new species of the genus Mozartius from Kyushu, Southwest Japan (Coleoptera, Aphodiidae). Kogane, Tokyo, (3): 45-49.

  9. Ochi, T. & S. Kawai, 2002. Taxonomic notes on some Japanese coprophagous lamellicorn beetles (Coleoptera, Scarabaeoidea) IV. Homonym of the genus Ochodaeus Serville (Ochodaeidae). Kogane, Tokyo, (3): 51-52.

  10. Kawai, S. & S. Hori, 2002. Notes on Mozartius testaceus Nomura et Nakane and M. jugosus (Lewis) (Scarabaeidae, Aphodiinae): Re-evaluation of the status of M. testaceus. Kogane, Tokyo, (3): 39-44. (In Japanese with English abstract)

  11. Hada, T. & S. Kawai, 2003. Observations on the biology of Aphodius impunctatus (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (6): 1-5. (In Japanese)

  12. Kawai, S., 2003. Guide to collecting methods [6]: Collecting method for Aphodinae and Aegialinae (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) living in sandy soil using the sieve. Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (6): 53-58. (In Japanese)

  13. Kawai, S., 2003. A new subspecies of Mozartius uenoi Masumoto, 1984 and a new status of M. jugosus shikokuensis Masumoto, 1984 (Scarabaeidae, Aphodiinae). Kogane, Tokyo, (4): 47-50.

  14. Kawai, S., 2003. A new record of Trichiorhyssemus kitayamai from Yonaguni Island, Okinawa Prefecture. Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (6): 6. (In Japanese)

  15. Ochi, T. & S. Kawai, 2002, 2003. On the species and subspecies names of Ochodaeus interruptus Kurosawa (Coleoptera, Ochodaeidae). Kogane, Tokyo, (4): 55-56.

  16. Mizuta, K. & S. Kawai, 2004. Rearing records of Mozartius jugosus (Coleoptera, Scarabaeoidea, Aphodiidae). Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (8): 37-40. (In Japanese)

  17. Kawai, S., 2004. A new Aphodius (Agrilinus) species from Shikoku, West Japan (Scarabaeidae, Aphodiinae). Kogane, Tokyo, (5): 1-4.

  18. Kawai, S., 2004. Notes on Omorgus (Afromorgus) chinensis (Boheman, 185
    8). Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (9): 1-10. (In Japanese)

  19. Fujioka, M. & S. Kawai, 2004. Identification guide [7]: Japanese species of the genus Melolontha (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (9): 71-73. (In Japanese)

  20. Kawai, S., 2004. A malformation of hind leg in Amphicoma splendens (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Cetoniinae). Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (9): 44. (In Japanese)

  21. Kawai, S., 2005. How to study dung beetles, from mounting preparation to observation. Konchu-to-shizen, Tokyo, 40 (2): 10-13. (In Japanese)

  22. Kawai, S., 2005. Rare Scarabaeoidea of the world [1]: Tribe Corythoderini (Coleopreta, Scarabaeidae, Aphodiinae). Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (11): back cover. (In Japanese)

  23. Kawai, S., 2005. Notes on the cannivalism in Omorgus chinensis (Coleoptera, Trogidae). Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (11): 30. (In Japanese)

  24. Kawai, S., S. Hori, M. Kawahara & M. Inagaki, 2005. Atlas of Japanese Scarabaeoidea, Vol.1 Coprophagous group. 189 pp. Roppon-ashi Entomological Books, Tokyo. (In Japanese)

  25. Kawai, S., 2006. A new species of the genus Omorgus Erichson, 1847 (Coleoptera, Trogidae) from South Africa. Kogane, Tokyo, (7): 1.

  26. Pittino, R. & S. Kawai, 2006. Notes on the genus Trox Fabricius, 1775 from Southeast Asia I. Description of the males of Trox (Trox) cambodjanus and T. (T.) poringensis and definition of the "terrestris" species group (Coleoptera, Trogidae). Kogane, Tokyo, (7): 5.

  27. Kawai, S., 2006. Rare Scarabaeoidea of the world [3]: Omorgus dohrni (Harold, 1872) (Coleoptera, Trogidae). Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (13): back cover. (In Japanese)

  28. Kawai, S., 2007. An investigation of the Balthasar collection in the National Museum, Czech and the Schmidt collection in the Swedish Museum of Natural History. Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (14): 56. (In Japanese)

  29. Kawai, S., 2007. Recent information on the genus Colophon (Coleoptera, Lucanidae). Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (14): 3. (In Japanese)

  30. Kawai, S., 2007. A record of Saprosites japonicus (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) collected by a trap bated with feather. Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (15): 18. (In Japanese)

  31. Pittino, R. & S. Kawai, 2007. A new Trichiorhyssemus species from Taiwan, Southwest Japan and Southeast China (Coleoptera, Aphodiidae, Psammodiinae). Kogane, Tokyo, (8): 67.

  32. Keith, D. & S. Kawai, 2007. First records of Afromorgus zumpti (Haaf, 1957) from Kenya and Zimbabwe (Coleoptera, Trogidae). Kogane, Tokyo, (8): 97.

  33. Kawai, S., 2007. First record of Polynoncus ecuadorensis (Vaurie, 1962) from Peru (Coleoptera, Trogidae) Kogane, Tokyo, (8): 96.

  34. Kawai, S., 2008. Guide to identification of Japanese species of the genus Ataenius (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Aphodiinae). Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (16): 71. (In Japanese)

  35. Kawahara, M., H. Nishino & S. Kawai, 2008. Notes on the distribution of Ataenius species in Nansei Islands (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Aphodiinae). Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (16): 41. (In Japanese)

  36. Jang, Y., & S. Kawai, 2008. A new species of the Dorcus velutinus -group (Coleoptera, Lucanidae) from Korea. Kogane, Tokyo, (9): 103.

  37. Kawai, S., 2008. How to collect dung beetles from the nests of prairie dogs and rabbits. Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (17): 69. (In Japanese)

  38. Kawai, S., 2008. A malformation of a middle leg in Polyphylla (Gynexophylla) laticollis (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Melolonthinae). Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (17): 22. (In Japanese)

  39. Kawai, S., 2008. Notes on the immature stages of Madrasostes suzukii (Coleoptera, Ceratocanthidae) from Taiwan. Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (17): 23. (In Japanese)

  40. Kawai, S. & N. Toda, 2008. Records of scarabaeid beetles from Okinoerabu Is., Kagoshima Prefecture. Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (17): 49. (In Japanese)

  41. Kawai, S., 2009. First record of Afromorgus satorui (Kawai, 2006) from Cote d'Ivoire (Coleoptera, Trogidae). Kogane, Tokyo, (10): 72.

  42. Kawai, S., 2009. A new species of the genus Omorgus Erichson, 1847 (Coleoptera, Trogidae) from Australia. Kogane, Tokyo, (10): 73.

  43. Kawai, S., 2009. An introduction to desktop publishing for amateur entomologists. Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (19): 51. (In Japanese)

  44. Kawai, S., 2009. Rare Scarabaeoidea of the world [9]: Hoplogonus Parry, 1876. Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (19): back cover. (In Japanese)

  45. Nii, S., T. Horiguchi, S. Hori, S. Kawai & M. Kawahara, 2010. Challenges to collecting a few very rare species of Japanese Aphodius (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (20): 3. (In Japanese)

  46. Kawai, S., 2010. How to collect Trogids beetle (Coleoptera, Trogidae). Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (20): 31. (In Japanese)

  47. Kawai, S., 2010. Records of Platycerus takakuwai takakuwai and P. kawadai (Coleoptera, Lucanidae) attracted to the light trap. Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (20): 77. (In Japanese)

  48. Kawai, S., 2010. Notes on Caccobius suzukii Matsumura, 1936, a junior synonym of Caccobius (Caccophilus) boucomonti Balthasar, 1935 (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Kogane, Tokyo, (11): 89-92.

  49. Pittino, R. & S. Kawai, 2010. Redescription of Omorgus marshalli (Haaf, 1957) (Coleoptera, Trogidae) from Australia. Kogane, Tokyo, (11): 85-88.

  50. Kawai, S., 2010. Rare Scarabaeoidea of the world [11]: Carneoryctes (Coleopreta, Dynastinae, Oryctini). Saikaku-Tsushin, Tokyo, (21): back cover. (In Japanese)


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