Matthias Seidel

staff scientist, curator Coleoptera
Taxonomy of the Scarabaeidae
Digitisation of the entomological collections
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ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Matthias_Seidel
GoogleScholar: https://scholar.google.cz/citations?hl=en&user=n1b-zOMAAAAJ

Date of birth:

Past professional experience
  • 2021-2022: Scientific associate of the zoological collections (Museum der Natur), project team member of Gotha transdigital, Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein, Gotha, Germany
  • 2021: Head of Coleoptera Section, Leibniz-Institut zur Analyse des Biodiversitätswandels, Zoological Museum, Hamburg, Germany.
  • 2020-2021: Curator of Coleoptera & Neuroptera at Centrum für Naturkunde (CeNak), Hamburg University - Zoological Museum, Hamburg, Germany.
  • 2019: Entomological preparator, National Museum, Entomology Department, Prague, Czechia.
  • 2015-2020: Associated researcher, National Museum, Entomology Department, Prague, Czechia.
  • 2015-2018: Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher, BIG4 consortium: Biosystematics, informatics and genomics of the big 4 insect groups: training tomorrow's researchers and entrepreneurs (Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 642241)
2008-2014           BSc. in Biochemistry at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany
BSc. thesis: Der Einfluss von RRP6 und PAPD5 auf die Abundanz kleiner nukleolärer RNAs in Osteosarcoma-Zellen. Supervisor: Dr. Christiane Harnisch
2014-2015           MSc. in Biology at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany
MSc. thesis: Molecular phylogenetics, systematics and evolution of the Sub-Saharan Cetoniinae genus Eudicella. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Robert Paxton
2015-2019           PhD. in Zoology at Charles University, Prague, Czechia.
PhD thesis: Evolutionary history, systematics and biogeography of Southern Hemisphere hydrophilid beetles (Coleoptera, Cylominae). Supervisor: Dr. Martin Fikáček
43. Botero J. P., Tavakilian G. L., Seidel M., Husemann M., & Simões M. V. P. (2023). An annotated type catalogue of the Cerambycidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) in the Zoological Museum Hamburg. European Journal of Taxonomy, 869, 1–50.
42. Ratcliffe B. C., & Seidel M. (2023). Cyclocephala ignota, a New Species of Cyclocephala Dejean, 1821 from Bolivia (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Cyclocephalini). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 77(1), 19-23.
41. Hawlitschek O., Sadílek D., Dey L. S., Buchholz K., Noori S., Baez, I. L. Wehrt T., Brozio J., Trávníček P., Seidel M., & Husemann, M. (2023). New estimates of genome size in Orthoptera and their evolutionary implications. Plos one, 18(3), e0275551.
40. Arriaga-Varela E., Tomaszewska W., Szawaryn K., Robertson J., Seidel M., Ślipiński A., & Fikáček M. (2023). The resurrection of Cerasommatidiidae, an enigmatic group of coccinelloid beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinelloidea) based on molecular and morphological evidence. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 197(4), 1078-1115.
39. Wood T. J., Hogan J., Edwards M., Paxton R. J., Praz C., Seidel M., & Schmid-Egger C. (2022). Andrena scotica Perkins is the valid name for the widespread European taxon previously referred to as Andrena carantonica Pérez (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae). British Journal of Entomology & Natural History, 35, 393-408.
38. Bento M., Jameson M. L., & Seidel M. (2022).  New species and illustrated key of Macraspis (Scarabaeidae, Rutelinae, Rutelini) from the Amazon biome of Brazil. ZooKeys, 1124: 161-189.
37. Medeiros R. A., Seidel M., & Grossi P. C. (2022). Revision of the genus Byrsopolis Burmeister, 1844 (Coleoptera: Melolonthidae: Rutelinae: Rutelini), with the description of six new species endemic to Brazil and Paraguay. Journal of Natural History, 56(29-32): 1315-1364.

36. Limbourg P., Constant J., & Seidel M. (2022). Review of the Adoretini of Cambodia with six new species (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Rutelinae). Belgian Journal of Entomology, 128: 1-58.

35. Dey L. S., Hochkirch A., Moussi A., Seidel M., & Husemann M. (2022). Taxonomic review of the genus Thalpomena Saussure, 1884 with new synonyms. Zootaxa, 5100(1): 129-136.
34. Carvalho T. G., Seidel M., & Grossi P. C. (2021). Taxonomic revision of the genus Oplognathus MacLeay, 1819 (Coleoptera: Melolonthidae: Rutelinae: Rutelini). European Journal of Taxonomy, 764: 62–84.
33. Seidel M., Sýkora V., Leschen R. A. B., & Fikáček M. (2021). A review of the New Zealand Berosus (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae) with descriptions of three new species. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae, 61(1): 243–252.
32. Sousa R. & Seidel M. (2021). Review of the irroratus species group and the description of two new species of Inca LePeletier & Serville, 1828 (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Cetoniinae). European Journal of Taxonomy, 748: 15–35.
31. Seidel M. (2021). New records of Anomala tibialis Lansberge, 1886 and a new replacement name for Anomala tibialis Schaeffer, 1906 (Coleoptera: Rutelinae: Anomalini). Zootaxa, 4966(4): 494–496.
30. Seidel M., & Reid, C. A. M. (2021). Taxonomic changes resulting from a review of the types of Australian Anoplognathini housed in Swedish natural history collections (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae). Zootaxa, 1908(2): 225–238.
29. Seidel M., Sýkora V., Leschen R. A. B., Clarkson B., & Fikáček M. (2021). Ancient relicts or recent immigrants? Different dating strategies alter diversification scenarios of New Zealand aquatic beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Berosus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 163: 1–12.
28. Seidel M., Lüttke M., Cocquempot C., Potts K., Heeney W. J., & Husemann M. (2021). Citizen scientists significantly improve our knowledge on the non-native longhorn beetle Chlorophorus annularis (Fabricius, 1787) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in Europe. BioRisk, 16: 1–13.
27. Husemann M., Sadílek D., Dey L., Hawlitschek O., & Seidel M. (2021). New genome size estimates for band-winged and slant-faced grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae: Oedipodinae, Gomphocerinae) reveal the so far largest measured insect genome. Caryologia, 73(4): 111–120.
26. Angus R. B., Sadílek D., Shaarawi F., Dollimore H., Liu H., Seidel M., Sýkora V., & Fikáček M. (2021). Karyotypes of the water scavenger beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae): new data and review of published records. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 192(3): 958–997.
25. Husemann M., Klesser R., Burgarth K., Hartung V., Weiß C., Timm R., Dey L-S., Wehrt T., Oltmann B., Beinke K., & Seidel M. (2021). Verbreitung der Bernstein-Waldschabe Ectobius vittiventris (A. Costa, 1847) in Deutschland mit dem Erstnachweis für Niedersachsen. Articulata 36: 9-22.
24. Dey L-S., Seidel M., Lkhagvasuren D., & Husemann M. (2021). From the steppe to the desert: Survey of band-winged grasshoppers from Mongolia (Orthoptera: Acrididae: Oedipodinae) based on material from 50 years of expeditions. Exploration into the Biological Resources of Mongolia, 14: 329-360.
23. Ratcliffe B. C. & Seidel M. (2021). A New Species of Chalepides Casey, 1915 (Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Cyclocephalini) from the Pantanal of Brazil. Evolutionary Systematics, 5(2): 189–192.
22. Zahiri R., Nazari V., Rajaei H., Fatahi M., Seidel M., Dalsgaard T., & Husemann M. (2021). An illustrated catalogue of the type specimens of Lepidoptera housed in the Zoological Museum Hamburg (ZMH): Part II. superfamily Papilionoidea. Evolutionary Systematics, 5(2): 193–261.
21. Zahiri R., Tarmann G., Efetov K. A., Rajaei H., Fatahi M., Seidel M., Jaenicke B., Dalsgaard T., Sikora M., & Husemann M. (2021). An illustrated catalogue of the type specimens of Lepidoptera (Insecta) housed in the Zoological Museum Hamburg (ZMH): Part I. superfamilies Hepialoidea, Cossoidea, and Zygaenoidea. Evolutionary Systematics, 5(1): 39–70.
20. Husemann M., Hawlitschek O., & Seidel M. (2021). Das große Insektensterben – Fakten und Ursachen. Natur und Wissen 17: 5-9
19. Seidel M., Minoshima Y. N., Leschen R. A. B., & Fikáček M. (2020). Phylogeny, systematics and rarity assessment of New Zealand endemic Saphydrus beetles and related enigmatic larvae (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Cylominae). Invertebrate Systematics, 34(3): 260–292.
18. Mondaca J. & Seidel M. (2019). Taxonomic review of the genus Catoclastus Solier, 1851 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Rutelini) from Peru. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae, 59(2): 561–567.
17. Ferreira A. S., Bravo F., Grossi P. C., & Seidel M. (2019). Seven new species and new distributional records of Trizogeniates Ohaus, 1917 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae) with a key and illustrated checklist of Brazilian species. Zootaxa, 4667(1): 1–69.
16. Seidel M., Arriaga-Varela E., & Vondráček D. (2019). Abstracts of the Immature Beetles Meeting 2019 October 3–4, Prague, Czech Republic. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae, 59(2): 569–582.
15. Seidel M., Arriaga-Varela E., & Sousa R. (2018). Catalogue of the Incini with the description of the first Archedinus species from Honduras (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae, 58(2): 389–405.
14. Arriaga-Varela E., Seidel M., & Fikáček M. (2018). A new genus of coprophagous water scavenger beetle from Africa (Coleoptera, Hydrophilidae, Sphaeridiinae, Megasternini) with a discussion on the Cercyon subgenus Acycreon. African Invertebrates, 59(1): 1–23.
13. Seidel M., Minoshima Y. N., Arriaga-Varela E., & Fikáček M. (2018). Breaking a disjunct distribution: a review of the Southern hemisphere genera Cylorygmus and Relictorygmus gen. nov. (Hydrophilidae: Cylominae). Annales zoologici 68(2): 375–403.
12. Arriaga-Varela E., Tomaszewska W., Huo L., & Seidel M. (2018). On Neotropical Merophysiinae with descriptions of a new genus and new species (Coleoptera: Endomychidae). ZooKeys, 736: 1–41.
11. Minoshima Y. N., Seidel M., Wood J. R., Leschen R. A., Gunter N. L., & Fikáček M. (2018). Morphology and biology of the flower‐visiting water scavenger beetle genus Rygmodus (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). Entomological Science, 21(4): 363–384.
10. Szczepański W. T., Vondráček D., Seidel M., Wardhaugh C., & Fikáček M. (2018). High diversity of Cetiocyon beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae) along an elevational gradient on Mt. Wilhelm, New Guinea, with new records from the Bird’s Head Peninsula. Arthropod Systematisc and Phylogeny, 76: 323–347.
9. Deler-Hernández A., Sýkora V., Seidel M., Cala-Riquelme F., & Fikáček M. (2017). Multiple origins of the Phaenonotum beetles in the Greater Antilles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae): phylogeny, biogeography and systematics. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 183(1): 97–120.
8. Toussaint E. A. F., Seidel M., Arriaga-Varela E., Hájek J., Král D., Sekerka L., Short A. E. Z. & Fikáček M. (2017) The peril of dating beetles. Systematic Entomology, 42(1): 1–10.
7. Seidel M., Arriaga-Varela E., & Vondráček D. (2017). Abstracts of the Immature Beetles Meeting 2017 October 5− 6, Prague, Czech Republic. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae, 57(2): 835–859.
6. Arriaga-Varela E., Seidel M., Deler-Hernández A., Senderov V. & Fikacek M. (2017). A review of Cercyon Leach (Coleoptera, Hydrophilidae, Sphaeridiinae) of the Greater Antilles. ZooKeys, 681: 39–93.
5. Seidel M., Jameson M. L. & Stone R. (2017). A new cryptic species and review of the east-Andean leaf chafer genus Mesomerodon Ohaus, 1905 (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Rutelinae). ZooKeys, 671(2): 61–85.
4. Moore M. R., Jameson M. L., Garner B. H., Audibert C., Smith A. B. T. & Seidel M. (2017). Synopsis of the pelidnotine scarabs (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Rutelinae, Rutelini) and annotated catalogue of the species and subspecies. ZooKeys, 666(11): 1–349.
3. Ray J. W., Seidel M., & Husemann M. (2017). A new melanistic variant of the caterpillar hunter Calosoma wilcoxi LeConte, 1848 from Texas, United States of America and a preliminary phylogeny of the genus Calosoma Weber, 1801 (Coleoptera: Carabidae). The Canadian Entomologist, 149(1): 1–7.
2. Seidel M., Arriaga-Varela E. & Fikacek M. (2016). Establishment of Cylominae Zaitzev, 1908 as a valid name for the subfamily Rygmodinae Orchymont, 1916 with an updated list of genera (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 56(1): 159–165.
1. Seidel M. (2016). Morphology and DNA barcoding reveal a new species of Eudicella from East Africa (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoninae). Zootaxa 4137(4): 535–544.
  • evolution, diversity and systematics of insects
  • molecular phylogenetics, island biogeography and metabarcoding
  • specimen-based research, modern collection management, databasing and digitalization
  • 3D imaging of fossils for character reconstruction and its integration into phylogenetic studies
  • taxonomy and nomenclature of scarabaeoid and hydrophiloid beetles
2015Republic of South Africa (4 weeks)
2016New Zealand (7 weeks), Puerto Rico (2 weeks), Mexico (3 weeks)
2017Panama (4 weeks), Thailand (3 weeks)
2018Peru (4 weeks)
2019Australia (4 weeks)

Subject Editor for Scarabaeidae of Biodiversity Data Journal.
Reviewer for Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae, European Journal of Taxonomy, Insect Systematics and Evolution, Zookeys, Zoosystematics and Evolution, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Neotropical Entomology and Zootaxa.
Social Media for The Coleopterists’ Society.
Member of Entomologischer Verein zu Halle, Entomological Society of America, GfBS (Society for Biological Systematics), The Coleopterists’ Society, and The Systematics Association.

2. zoology

Aspöck Ulrike
associate scientist
Bauernfeind Ernst
associate scientist
Brojer Michaela
Assistance work in the 2nd Zoology
Bruckner Harald
scientific assistant
Buchner Peter
associate scientist
Camargo Alexssandro
curator diptera
Dollfuss Hermann
associate scientist
Führer Daniela
Secretary in the 2nd Zoology
Gaal-Haszler Sabine
staff scientist, curator Lepidoptera
Geiser Elisabeth
associate scientist
Guttenberger Sarah
Project researcher Biodiversitätsfonds (Blatthornkäfer Österreichs)
Hecher Christine
associate scientist
Jäch Manfred
associate scientist
Kahrer Andreas
associate scientist
Kerschbaumer-Stöckler Judit
collection assistance department of Entomology
Komarek Albrecht
associate scientist Coleoptera
Laciny Alice
associate scientist
Lödl Martin
associate scientist
Madl Michael
associate scientist Hymenoptera
Meusburger Magdalena
Project researcher Biodiversitätsfonds (Blatthornkäfer Österreichs)
Plonski Isidor
associate scientist
Randolf Susanne
staff scientist, curator NOaS and Insecta Varia
Schillhammer Harald
staff scientist, curator Coleoptera
Schlüsslmayr Gerhard
associate scientist
Schmid Herbert
associate scientist
Schoder Sabine
associate scientist
Shaverdo Helena V.
Collection Manager Coleoptera
Vizek Manuela
collection assistance Hymenoptera
Wanzenböck Sylvia
Project researcher
Wewalka Günther
associate scientist
Wöss Günther
scientific assistant
Zettel Herbert
head of department, curator Hemiptera
Zimmermann Dominique
staff scientist, curator Hymenoptera