Claudia Alejandra Medina U.

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Claudia Medina at the blue house of Frida Khalo's Museum in Mexico, 1997.


Claudia is a Colombian entomologist interested in evolutionary aspects of coprophagous beetles. Her early research on dung beetles concerned diversity inventories and ecology. Her principal research now is the evolution of dung beetles, especially phylogenetic reconstructions. For her MSc. thesis she conducted a study of the morphological variation of the genus Canthon by comparing it with other genera of American Canthonini. She was a PhD. student in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and for her PhD. dissertation she worked on a cladistic analysis of the entire tribe Canthonini, including representative genera from each region (America, Africa, Australia and Asia). She has found that the general external morphology of Canthonini beetles is high in convergences, and so she is looking for suitable characters in the internal morphology. She is studying the female and male genitalia and doing a detailed study of the internal sac of the aedeagus and its sclerites.

Programa de Gestión de Información y Conocimiento
GIC-Colecciones Biológicas
Instituto Alexander von Humboldt


Medina, C.A., Escobar, F. & G. Kattan. Accepted . Diversity, habitat use and temporal rhythms of dung beetles in a heterogeneous Andean landscape. Biotropica. (May 2001).

Medina, C. A. & A. Lopera. 2000. Clave ilustrada para la identificación de los géneros de escarabajos coprófagos (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) de Colombia. Caldasia. 22 (2):299-315.

Medina, C.A. & G. Kattan. 1996. Diversidad de escarabajos coprófagos (Scarabaeidae) de la Reserva Forestal de Escalerete. Cespedesia. 21(68):89-102.

Escobar, F. & C.A. Medina. 1996. Coleópteros coprófagos (Scarabaeidae) de Colombia: Estado actual de su conocimiento.  In Insectos de Colombia. Amat, G., G. Andrade, & F.F. Fernández (eds.) Pontifícia Universidad Javeriana, Santafé de Bogotá.


Medina, C.A., C.H. Scholtz & B.D. Gill. Submitted. Diagnostic and phylogenetic character variation in the genus Canthon Hoffmansegg 1817 and related genera (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae). Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift. (November 2000).

Medina, C.A., A. Lopera, A. Vitolo, & B.D. Gill. Submitted. Listado actualizado de las especies de escarabajos coprófagos de Colombia. Biota Colombiana. (May 2001).

Medina, C.A., Escobar F. & B.D. Gill. Submitted. Guía de campo e identificación de escarabajos coprófagos (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) de Colombia. Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Alexander Von Humboldt, Villa de Leyva, Boyacá (February of 2000).

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