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Golofa pizarro Hope, 1837
Golofa pizarro Hope, 1837 (original combination).
Golofa hastata Burmeister, 1847 (synonym).
Golofa imperialis Thomson, 1858 (synonym).
Golofa sallei Thomson, 1860 (synonym).
Golofa clavicornis Thomson, 1860 (synonym).
Golofa castaneus Voirin, 1994 (synonym).
Golofa tricolor Voirin, 1994 (synonym).

Golofa pizarro


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Distribution: Mexico and Nicaragua. (Hwang 2011; Morón 1995; Ratcliffe et al. 2013).


Identification: Hope (1837), Hwang (2011), Morón (1995), Ratcliffe et al. (2013).


Life History: Adults are readily attracted to lights at night. Adults are active year-round, but peak flight activity is apparently from July to September. At the Linda Vista soccer field in Parque Nacional Pico Pijol, Honduras, adults always arrived at the lights between 11 PM and 12AM. Moron (1995) found larvae in rotten stumps and adults on different shrubs and trees, including Gliricidia sepium (Jacq.) Steud. (Gabaceae), Quercus conspersa Benth., and Q. sartorii Benth. (both Fagaceae) in Mexico. This species lives in montane broadleaf and pine-oak forests between the elevations of 200-2,800 meters. (Ratcliffe et al. 2013).


Larvae: Morón (1995) described larvae.


Burmeister, H. 1847. Handbuch der Entomologie, Volume 5. T. C. F. Enslin, Berlin, Germany. 584 pp.

Hope, F. W. 1837. On the Golofa beetle of Venezuela and its allied species. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London. 2: 42-45.

Hwang, S. -M. -R. 2011. The Dynastini of the World (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Nature & Ecology (Academic Series), Volume 4. Seoul, South Korea. 368 pp.

Lachaume, G. 1985. Dynastini 1: Dynastes – Megasoma – Golofa. Les Coleopteres du Monde 5. Sciences Nat, Venette, France. 85 pp, 29 plates.

Morón, M. A. 1995. Review of the Mexican species of Golofa Hope (Coleoptera: Melolonthidae, Dynastinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, Volume 49 (4): 343–386.

Ratcliffe, B. C. and R. D. Cave. 2006. The dynastine scarab beetles of Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 21: 1-424.

Ratcliffe, B. C., R. D. Cave, and E. B. Cano. 2013. The dynastine scarab beetles of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 27: 1-666.

Thomson, J. 1858. Une espèce nouvelle de Scarabaeidae. Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France 1858: 146.

Thomson, J. 1860. Supplément a l'essai synoptique sur la sous-tribu des Scarabaeitae vrais publié dans l'Ǻrcana Naturae, 1859, p.1. Musée scientifique ou recueil d'Histoire Naturelle, Volume 1, pp39-42. Published by the Author, Paris, France.



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