Kundrata Robin


E-mail: robin.kundrata@upol.cz
Phone: +420585634208

Department of Zoology
Faculty of Science
Palacky University
17. listopadu 50
771 46 Olomouc
Czech Republic


Associate Professor

Research program

Diversity, phylogeny, evolution, systematics, classification, morphology, fossil record and ecology of Elateridae (Coleoptera) and related groups


Guarantor of master study program Zoology 2021–2028 (Faculty of Science UP Olomouc)


Zoogeography (ZOO/ZZP)
Phylogeny and Systematics of Invertebrates (part) (ZOO/SBP)
General Zoology (part) (ZOO/OZP, ZOO/OBZO)
Systematic Entomology (part) (ZOO/STENT)
General Entomology (part) (ZOO/OBEN)
Field Practice in Zoology (ZOO/CTP)
Complex Excursion (ZOO/KOMEX)
Field Entomology (ZOO/KTEN)

List of Publications

*          corresponding author

bold    RK + students

1) Articles in International Refereed Journals

Faucheux, M.J., Németh, T., Hoffmannova, J. & Kundrata, R.* (2020) Scanning electron microscopy reveals the antennal micromorphology of Lamprodila (Palmar) festiva (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), an invasive pest of ornamental Cupressaceae in Western Palaearctic. Biology, 9: 375.

Peris, D.*, Kundrata, R.*, Delclòs, X., Mähler, B., Ivie, M.A., Rust, J. & Labandeira, C.C. (2020) Unlocking the mystery of the mid-Cretaceous Mysteriomorphidae (Coleoptera: Elateroidea) and modalities in transiting from gymnosperms to angiosperms. Scientific Reports, 10: 16854.

Kundrata, R.*, Packova, G. & Hoffmannova, J. (2020) Fossil genera in Elateridae (Insecta, Coleoptera): a Triassic origin and Jurassic diversification. Insects, 11: 394.

Qiu, L., Dong, Z.-W. & Kundrata, R. (2020) New records of the giant click-beetle Sinelater perroti (Fleutiaux) (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Tetralobinae). Coleopterists Bulletin, 74: 370–374.

Németh, T., Brůha, P. & Kundrata, R.* (2020) Discovery of a new species of Lacon Laporte (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Agrypninae) endemic to Cyprus, with a modified tarsal morphology. Zootaxa, 4780: 554–562.

Qiu, L., Németh, T., Prosvirov, A.S. & Kundrata, R.* (2020) Dima spicata Schimmel, 1999 (Elateridae: Dimini), a morphologically remarkable species endemic to China. Zootaxa, 4768: 415–424.

Németh, T., Prosvirov, A.S. & Kundrata, R.* (2020) Two new species of Elathous Reitter, 1890 (Elateridae: Dendrometrinae) from Syria. Zoology in the Middle East, 66: 167–177.

Faucheux, M. J., Németh, T. & Kundrata, R.* (2020) Comparative antennal morphology of Agriotes (Coleoptera: Elateridae), with special reference to the typology and possible functions of sensilla. Insects, 11: 137.

Rosa, S.P., Costa, C., Kramp, K. & Kundrata, R.* (2020) Hidden diversity in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest: the discovery of Jurasaidae, a new beetle family (Coleoptera, Elateroidea) with neotenic females. Scientific Reports, 10: 1544. [+ Author Correction. Scientific Reports, 10: 3769.]

Kočárek, P., Horká, I. & Kundrata, R. (2020) Molecular phylogeny and infraordinal classification of Zoraptera (Insecta). Insects, 11: 51.

Kundrata, R.*, Blank, S.M., Prosvirov, A.S., Sormova, E., Gimmel, M.L., Vondracek, D. & Kramp, K. (2019) One less mystery in Coleoptera systematics: the position of Cydistinae (Elateriformia incertae sedis) resolved by multigene phylogenetic analysis. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 187: 1259–1277.

Rosa, S.P., Németh, T. & Kundrata, R.* (2019) Comparative morphology of immature stages of Ludioctenus cyprius (Baudi di Selve, 1871) (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Agrypninae), with discussion on the monophyly of Hemirhipini. Zoologischer Anzeiger, 283: 33–39.

Kundrata, R.*, Mertlik, J. & Németh, T. (2019) Unexpected diversity of Lacon Laporte, 1838 (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Agrypninae) in the Levant: revised species concepts, new species, and an identification key. Zootaxa, 4679: 401–449.

Kundrata, R.* & Bocak, L. (2019) Molecular phylogeny reveals the gradual evolutionary transition to soft-bodiedness in click-beetles and identifies Sub-Saharan Africa as a cradle of diversity for Drilini (Coleoptera: Elateridae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 187: 413–452.

Kundrata, R.*, Prosvirov, A.S., Vondracek, D. & Sormova, E. (2019) Congruence between molecular data and morphology: phylogenetic position of Senodoniini (Coleoptera: Elateridae). Insects, 10: 231.

Bi, W.-X., He, J.-W., Chen, C.-C., Kundrata, R. & Li, X.-Y. (2019) Sinopyrophorinae, a new subfamily of Elateridae (Coleoptera, Elateroidea), with the first record of a luminous click beetle in Asia and evidence for multiple origins of bioluminescence in Elateridae. ZooKeys, 864: 79–97.

Kundrata, R.*, Németh, T. & Jarzabek-Müller, A. (2019) Description of Lacon mertliki sp. nov. (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Agrypninae) from the Hyrcanian forest ecoregion, with taxonomic remarks and a key to the Lacon species of Iran. European Journal of Taxonomy, 535: 1–13.

Kundrata, R.* & Németh, T. (2019) Description of Penia mantillerii sp. nov. (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Dimini), with a key to Penia species from Vietnam and nearby areas. Zootaxa, 4612: 275–281.

Kundrata, R.*, Sormova, E., Qiu, L. & Prosvirov, A.S. (2019) Revision of the flightless click-beetle genus Neodima Schimmel & Platia (Elateridae: Dimini) endemic to China, with comments on its systematic position. Zootaxa, 4604: 42–58.

Kundrata, R.*, Kubaczkova, M., Prosvirov, A.S., Douglas, H.B., Fojtikova, A., Costa, C., Bousquet Y., Alonso-Zarazaga, M.A. & Bouchard, P. (2019) World catalogue of the genus-group names in Elateridae (Insecta, Coleoptera). Part I: Agrypninae, Campyloxeninae, Hemiopinae, Lissominae, Oestodinae, Parablacinae, Physodactylinae, Pityobiinae, Subprotelaterinae, Tetralobinae. ZooKeys, 839: 83–154.

Kundrata, R.*, Ivie, M. A. & Bocak, L. (2019) Podabrocephalus Pic is the morphologically modified lineage of Ptilodactylinae (Coleoptera: Elateriformia: Ptilodactylidae). Insect Systematics & Evolution, 50: 147–161.

Kundrata, R.*, Sormova, E. & Qiu, L. (2019) Sinodima jenisi gen. et sp. nov., a new wingless click-beetle from the mountains of Hunan, China (Elateridae: Dendrometrinae: Dimini). Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology, 22: 15–18.

Kundrata, R.*, Musalkova, M. & Prosvirov, A. S. (2018) Annotated catalogue of the click-beetle tribe Senodoniini (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Dendrometrinae). Zootaxa, 4532: 273–287.

Ruan, Y., Kundrata, R., Sormova, E., Qiu, L., Zhang, M. & Jiang, S. (2018) Description of two new species of Dima Charpentier, 1825 from China (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Dendrometrinae). Zootaxa, 4526: 589–599.

Kundrata, R.* (2018) New minute Drilini species significantly extend the distributions of Lolosia and Microselasia (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Agrypninae) in tropical Africa. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae, 58: 531–538.

Kundrata, R.* & Sormova, E. (2018) Platiana cechovskyi sp. nov. from Malaysia, a remarkable new member of Dimini (Elateridae: Dendrometrinae) with strongly serrate antennae. Zootaxa, 4524: 132–138.

Kundrata, R.* & Sormova, E. (2018) Selasia dembickyi sp. nov., the first member of Drilini (Coleoptera: Elateridae) from South East Asia, with the description of S. jenisi sp. nov. from Nepal. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae, 58: 513–518.

Qiu, L., Sormova, E., Ruan, Y. & Kundrata, R.* (2018) A new species of Dima (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Dimini), with a checklist and identification key to the Chinese species. Annales Zoologici, 68: 441–450.

Sormova, E., Kramp, K. & Kundrata, R.* (2018) Diversity and phylogenetic relationships of Drilus Olivier, 1790 (Elateridae: Agrypninae: Drilini) in Cyprus. Zoologischer Anzeiger, 275: 1–12.

Kundrata, R.*, Sormova, E. & Prosvirov, A. S. (2018) Revisiting the diversity of Ludioctenus Fairmaire (Elateridae: Agrypninae), with description of a new species from Afghanistan, and discussion on the systematic position of Tetrigusina. Zootaxa, 4455: 377–388.

Douglas, H., Kundrata, R.*, Janosikova, D. & Bocak, L. (2018) Molecular and morphological evidence for new genera in the click-beetle subfamily Cardiophorinae (Coleoptera: Elateridae). Entomological Science, 21: 292–305.

Kundrata, R.*, Sormova, E. & Kakiopoulos, G. (2018) Revisiting the diversity of Euanoma Reitter, 1889 (Coleoptera: Omalisidae), with descriptions of four new species from Turkey. Annales Zoologici, 68: 357–373.

Mertlik, J., Németh, T. & Kundrata, R.* (2018) Additions to the revision of Dima Charpentier, 1825 (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Dimini) in the Balkan Peninsula, with the descriptions of five new species. Zootaxa, 4433: 325–351.

Kundrata, R.*, Gunter, N. L., Janosikova, D. & Bocak, L. (2018) Molecular evidence for the subfamilial status of Tetralobinae (Coleoptera: Elateridae), with comments on parallel evolution of some phenotypic characters. Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny, 76: 137–145.

Kundrata, R.*, Musalkova, M. & Kubaczkova, M. (2018) Annotated catalogue of the click-beetle tribe Dimini (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Dendrometrinae). Zootaxa, 4412: 1–75.

Kundrata, R.* (2017) New species of Selasia Laporte, 1836 (Elateridae: Agrypninae: Drilini) from Nepal and Pakistan. Zootaxa, 4344: 380–386.

Kundrata, R.* & Bocak, L. (2017) Taxonomic review of Drilini (Elateridae: Agrypninae) in Cameroon reveals high morphological diversity, including the discovery of five new genera. Insect Systematics & Evolution, 48: 441–492.

Kundrata, R.* & Jäch, M. (2017) Ptilodactyla crenatostriata Redtenbacher, 1868 (Coleoptera: Ptilodactylidae) transferred to Phytocerum Costa, Vanin, Lawrence & Ide, 2003 (Coleoptera: Cerophytidae). Zootaxa, 4324: 371–377.

Kubaczkova, M. & Kundrata, R.* (2017) Annotated catalogue of the click-beetle subfamily Tetralobinae (Coleoptera: Elateridae). Zootaxa, 4323: 151–184.

Gabriš, R., Trnka, F., Wahab, R. A. & Kundrata, R. (2017) Taxonomic revision of the endemic Bornean genera Anexodus Pascoe and Pantilema Aurivillius (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae). ZooKeys, 669: 29–51.

Kundrata, R., Baena, M. & Bocak, L. (2017) Iberobaenia andujari sp. nov., the third species of Iberobaeniidae (Coleoptera: Elateroidea) from southern Spain. Annales Zoologici, 67: 121–129.

Faucheux, M. J. & Kundrata, R.* (2017) Comparative antennal morphology of male Drilini with special reference to the sensilla (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Agrypninae). Zoologischer Anzeiger, 266: 105–119.

Kundrata, R.*, Jäch, M. A. & Bocak, L. (2017) Molecular phylogeny of the Byrrhoidea-Buprestoidea complex (Coleoptera, Elateriformia). Zoologica Scripta, 46: 150–164.

Petrzelkova, I., Makris, Ch. & Kundrata, R.* (2017) The genus Brachypsectra LeConte, 1874 (Coleoptera: Brachypsectridae) in the Palaearctic Region. European Journal of Taxonomy, 276: 1–14.

Andújar Fernández, C., Arribas, P., Linard, B., Kundrata, R., Bocak, L. & Vogler, A. P. (2017) The mitochondrial genome of Iberobaenia (Coleoptera: Iberobaeniidae): First rearrangement of protein coding genes in the beetles. Mitochondrial DNA Part A, 28: 156–158.

Mertlik, J., Németh, T. & Kundrata, R.* (2017) Revision of the flightless click-beetle genus Dima Charpentier, 1825 (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Dimini) in the Balkan Peninsula. Zootaxa, 4220: 1–63.

Kundrata, R.*, Gunter, N. L., Douglas, H. & Bocak, L. (2016) Next step toward a molecular phylogeny of click-beetles (Coleoptera: Elateridae): redefinition of Pityobiinae, with a description of a new subfamily, Parablacinae, from the Australasian Region. Austral Entomology, 55: 291–302.

Gabriš, R., Kundrata, R. & Trnka, F. (2016) Review of Dolichostyrax Aurivillius (Cerambycidae, Lamiinae) in Borneo, with descriptions of three new genera and the first case of (ovo)viviparity in the long-horned beetles. ZooKeys, 587: 49–75.

Bocak, L., Kundrata, R., Andújar Fernández, C. & Vogler, A. P. (2016) The discovery of Iberobaeniidae (Coleoptera: Elateroidea), a new family of beetles from Spain, with immatures detected by environmental DNA sequencing. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 283: 20152350.

Batelka, J., Kundrata, R. & Bocak, L. (2016) Position and relationships of Ripiphoridae (Coleoptera: Tenebrionoidea) inferred from the ribosomal and mitochondrial molecular markers. Annales Zoologici, 66: 113–123.

Petrzelkova, I. & Kundrata, R.* (2015) The genus Drilus (Elateridae: Agrypninae) from the Levant: a new species, new records and updated key to the males. Annales Zoologici, 65: 483–490.

Kobieluszova, L. & Kundrata, R.* (2015) Taxonomic review of Drilus Olivier, 1790 (Elateridae: Agrypninae: Drilini) from Asia Minor, with descriptions of seven new species and comments on the female antennal morphology in Drilini. Zootaxa, 4012: 78–96.

Trllova, S. & Kundrata, R.* (2015) A review of the genus Selasia (Elateridae: Agrypninae: Drilini) in the Palaearctic Region. Zootaxa, 3920: 563–571.

Faucheux, M. J. & Kundrata, R. (2015) Perforated plates corresponding to integumental glands on the antennae of adult male Drilus mauritanicus Lucas 1849 (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Agrypninae: Drilini). Annales de la Société entomologique de France (N.S.), 51: 1–3.

Kundrata, R., Baena, M. & Bocak, L. (2015) Classification of Omalisidae based on molecular data and morphology, with description of Paradrilinae subfam. nov. (Coleoptera: Elateroidea). Zootaxa, 3915: 413–422.

Kundrata, R.*, Baalbergen, E., Bocak, L. & Schilthuizen, M. (2015) The origin and diversity of Drilus Olivier, 1790 (Elateridae: Agrypninae: Drilini) in Crete based on mitochondrial phylogeny. Systematics and Biodiversity, 13: 52–75.

Baalbergen, E., Helwerda, R., Schelfhorst, R., Castillo Cajas, R. F., van Moorsel, C. H. M., Kundrata, R., Welter-Schultes, F. W., Giokas, S. & Schilthuizen, M. (2014) Predator-prey interactions between shell-boring beetle larvae and rock-dwelling land snails. PLoS ONE 9: e100366.

Kundrata, R., Bocakova, M. & Bocak, L. (2014) The comprehensive phylogeny of the superfamily Elateroidea (Coleoptera: Elateriformia). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 76: 162–171.

Kundrata, R.*, Kobieluszova, L. & Bocak, L. (2014) A review of Drilini (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Agrypninae) of the Northern Levant, with description of a new species from Syria and a key to Levantine species. Zootaxa, 3755: 457–469.

Kundrata, R.*, Bocakova, M. & Bocak, L. (2013) The phylogenetic position of Artematopodidae (Coleoptera: Elateroidea), with description of the first two Eurypogon species from China. Contributions to Zoology, 82: 199–208.

Kundrata, R.* (2012) Description of Selasia socotrana sp. nov. (Elateridae: Agrypninae: Drilini) from Socotra Island, with notes on S. homhilia. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae, 52 (Supplementum 2): 213–218.

Kundrata, R.* (2012) Taxonomic review of the Himalayan species of Selasia Laporte, 1836 (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Agrypninae: Drilini). Annales Zoologici, 62: 261–266.

Kundrata, R. & Bocak, L. (2011) The phylogeny and limits of Elateridae (Insecta, Coleoptera): is there a common tendency of click beetles to soft-bodiedness and neoteny? Zoologica Scripta, 40: 364–378.

Kundrata, R. & Bocak, L. (2011) Redescription and relationships of Pseudothilmanus Pic (Coleoptera: Rhagophthalmidae) – a long-term neglected glow-worm beetle genus from the Himalayas. Zootaxa, 2794: 57–62.

Kundrata, R. & Bocak, L. (2007) A revision of Euanoma and Pseudeuanoma (Coleoptera: Drilidae). Annales Zoologici, 57: 427–441.

2) Other articles & Conference Abstracts

Kočárek, P., Horká, I. & Kundrata, R. (2020) Molekulární fylogeneze a klasifikace drobnělek (Insecta: Zoraptera). In: Bryja, J., Kuras, T., Tuf, I. H. & Tkadlec, E. (Eds), Zoologické dny Olomouc 2020: sborník abstraktů z konference 6.–7. února 2020: 99. [in Czech]

Sormova, E. & Kundrata, R.* (2017) Afrocerophytum vix Costa, Vanin et Rosa, 2014 (Elateroidea: Cerophytidae) newly recorded from Ghana. Folia Entomologica Hungarica, 78: 35–38.

Kundrata, R.* (2017) The current state of knowledge of the larvae of Drilini (Elateridae: Agrypninae). P. 851. In: Seidel, M., Arriaga-Varela, E. & Vondráček, D. (Eds), Abstracts of the Immature Beetles Meeting 2017, October 5−6th, Prague, Czech Republic. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae, 57: 835−859.

Kundrata, R.*, Trnka, F., Gabriš, R., Rada, S., Machač, O., Kočárek, P., Tuf. I. H. & Kuras, T. (2017) Bezobratlí bornejského národního parku Ulu Temburong II. Brouci. Živa, 6: 304–307. [in Czech]

Gabriš, R., Kundrata, R. & Trnka, F. (2015) A review of Morimopsini (Cerambycidae: Lamiinae) from Borneo. In: Bryja, J., Řehák, Z. & Zukal, J. (Eds), Zoologické dny Brno 2015: sborník abstraktů z konference 12.–13. února 2015: 72–73.

Németh, T., Dušánek, V., Mertlík, J. & Kundrata, R. (2014) New distributional data on Elateroidea (Coleoptera: Elateridae, Eucnemidae and Omalisidae) for Albania, Montenegro and Macedonia. Elateridarium, 8: 112–117.

Faucheux, M. J. & Kundrata, R. (2014) Persistance de caractères larvaires sur les antennes des femelles néoténiques des Coléoptères héliciphages Drilus mauritanicus Lucas 1849 et Malacogaster passerinii Bassi 1883 (Elateridae: Agrypninae: Drilini). Bulletin de la Société des sciences naturelles de l’Ouest de la France (N. S.), 36: 97–100. [in French]

Kundrata, R. & Bocak, L. (2012) Evoluce neotenie a měkkého těla v nadčeledi Elateroidea (Coleoptera). In: Bryja, J., Albrechtová, J. & Tkadlec, E. (Eds), Zoologické dny Olomouc 2012: sborník abstraktů z konference 9.–10. února 2012: 119. [in Czech]

3) Book Chapters

Bocak, L., Branham, M. A. & Kundrata, R. (2010) Family Drilidae Blanchard, 1845. In: J. F. Lawrence & R. A. B. Leschen (Eds.), Handbook of Zoology, Volume IV (ed. by N. P. Kristensen & R. G. Beutel). Part 38, Volume 2: Coleoptera, Polyphaga, part (pp. 104–110). Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG, New York, Berlin.



The first long-horned beetle giving birth to live young discovered in Borneo


The first bioluminescent click beetle discovered in Asia represents a new subfamily


Scientists reconstruct beetles from the Cretaceous


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