Robert Angus

Robert Angus

Robert Angus with Copris hispanus in southern Spain.


I was born in 1944 and educated at Gordonstoun School and Oxford University (undergraduate degree 1963–1966, D. Phil. 1966–1969. My initial research interest was mainly water beetles, especially Helophorus (Helophoridae), but I always had an interest in Scarabaeoidea, especially dung beetles. In 1963 I discovered Aphodius nemoralis in woodland in Cumbria, its only English locality, although it is more widespread in Scotland. In 1969–1970 I spent ten months working in the Soviet Union under the exchange program between the Royal Society and the Soviet Academy of Sciences. After that, I did two postdoctoral years in Oxford and then two in Birmingham working with Russell Coope on Pleistocene fossil Coleoptera. In January 1975 I joined the staff of Royal Holloway, University of London, and stayed there until my retirement in September 1989. I developed techniques for chromosomal analysis of species differences, especially with aquatic Coleoptera, pioneering the use of the mid-gut as a source of dividing cells in adult beetles. In 1994 I was awarded the degree of D.Sc. (London).

I am now Emeritus Reader in Entomology at Royal Holloway and also a Scientific Associate at the Natural History Museum, London. My major focus on Scarabaeoidea dates from 1998 when I began supervision of the Ph.D. project of Dr Christine Wilson, with whom I have produced numerous joint publications.


Selected publications:

Angus, R. B., Wilson, C. J., Maté, J. F., Hammond, P. M. and Mann, D. J. 2002. Saprosites mendax (Blackburn) and S. natalensis (Peringuey) (Scarabaeoidea, Aphodiidae), two species introduced into Britain. Proceedings of the Second Pan-European Conference on Saproxylic Beetles, London, pp.74 – 77. People’s Trust for Endangered Species.

Krell, F.-T., Mann, D. J., Angus, R. B. and Maté, J. F. 2003. Case 3254, Aphodius niger Illiger, 1798, (Insecta, Coleoptera): proposed conservation of the specific title. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 60 (2): 127–131.

Wilson, C. J. and Angus R. B. 2003. A chromosomal analysis of three British species of Aphodius Illiger, subg. Melinopterus Mulsant (Coleoptera: Aphodiidae). Koleopterologische Rundschau 73: 227–236.

Wilson C.J. and Angus R.B. 2004. A chromosomal analysis of the west European species of Aphodius Illiger, subgenus Aphodius s. str. (Coleoptera: Aphodiidae). Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 147: 259–264.

Wilson, C. J. and Angus, R. B. 2004. A chromosomal analysis of ten European species of Aphodius Illiger, subgenera Acrossus Mulsant, Nimbus Mulsant & Rey and Chilothorax Motschulsky (Coleoptera: Aphodiidae). Koleopterologische Rundschau 74: 367–374.

Wilson, C. J. and Angus, R. B. 2004. A chromosomal investigation of seven geotrupids and two Aegialiines (Coleoptera, Scarabaeoidea). Nouvelle Revue d’Entomologie 21: 157–170.

Angus, R. B., Wilson, C. J. and D. J. Mann. 2004. Chromosomal and aedeagal distinction between Aphodius (Labarrus) lividus Olivier, 1799 and A. (L.) pseudolividus Balthasar, 1941 (Col., Scarabaeidae, Aphodiinae). Entomologist’s monthly Magazine 140: 255-261.

Angus, R. B. 2005. The Karyotype of Typhaeus momus (Olivier, 1879) (Coleoptera, Geotrupidae). Nouvelle Revue d’Entomologie 22: 115–116.

Maté J.F. and Angus R.B. 2005. Description of a new species of Aphodius Illiger from the Iberian Peninsula and comments regarding the biogeography and ecology of the subgenus Liothorax Motschulsky (Coleoptera: Aphodiidae). Koleopterologische Rundschau 75: 325–336.

Wilson C.J. and Angus R.B. 2005. A chromosomal analysis of four European species of Aphodius Illiger, subgenera Colobopterus Mulsant, Coprimorphus Mulsant, Otophorus Mulsant and Teuchestes Mulsant (Coleoptera: Aphodiidae). Koleopterologische Rundschau 75: 319–323.

Wilson, C. J. and R. B. Angus. 2005. A chromosomal analysis of 21 species of Oniticellini and Onthophagini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 148: 63–76.

Wilson C.J. and Angus R.B. 2006a. A chromosomal analysis of eight species of Aphodius Illiger, subgenera Agiolinus Schmidt, Agrilinus Mulsant & Rey and Planolinus Mulsant & Rey (Coleoptera: Aphodiidae) Proceedings of the Russian Entomological Society. St.Petersburg 77: 28–33.

Wilson C.J. and Angus R.B. 2006b. A chromosomal analysis of twelve species from several subgenera of the genus Aphodius Illiger (Coleoptera: Aphodiidae). Entomological Problems 36: 27–32.

Angus R.B., Wilson C. J. and Mann D.J. 2007. A chromosomal analysis of 15 species of Gymnopleurini, Scarabaeini and Coprini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 150: 201–211.

Angus R.B. 2008. A chromosomal analysis of the Onthophagus similis-opacicollis-fracticornis species group (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 151: 235–244.

Angus, R. B. 2009. Unusual arrangement and behaviour of the sex chromosomes of Aphodius (Agiolius) abdominalis Bonelli, 1812, and comparison with A. (A.) bonvouloiri Harold, 1860 (Coleoptera: Aphodiidae). Comparative Cytogenetics 3: 91–96.

Falahee, S. L. and Angus, R. B. 2010. Chromosomal separation of difficult species Copris Geoffroy, 1872 and Onthophagus Latreille, 1802 (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) with discussion of O. massai Baraud as a British Pleistocene fossil. ZooKeys 34: 17–32.

Angus, R. B. 2011. Chromosomal investigations of eight species of Geotrupidae (Coleoptera, Scarabaeoidea). Nouvelle Revue d’Entomologie 27: 291–301.

Angus, R. B., Wilson, C. J. and Krell, F.-T. 2012. Case 3579. Scarabaeus fimetarius Linnaeus, 1758 (currently Aphodius fimetarius; Insecta, Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae): proposed conservation of usage of the specific name by designation of a neotype. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 69 (1): 29–36.


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