Dr. Devanshu Gupta


Dr.Devanshu Gupta


Highest Academic degree, year

Ph.D. (Zoology); 2014


Officer-in-Charge, Coleoptera Section, Zoological Survey of India, M Block, New Alipore, Kolkata, 700053, West Bengal, India.

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Area of Expertise

Taxonomy and faunistics studies on orderColeoptera (Insecta) from India

Experience after Ph.D.

9 years

Significant Achievements

1. Taxonomic Studies:

  • New Species: 25 new species described and published.
  • New Records to India: Published 11 species of ladybird beetles as new to India.
  • New Combinations: 7 species of Epilachna transferred to Afissa
  • Review of Indian Genera: Pukupuku, Tropiorhynchus, Clyster, and Melolontha(Scarabaeidae) were reviewed and published.
  • Augmentation to National Zoological Collection: 147 species of beetles were augmented to NZC of Coleoptera Section.
  • Documented scarab beetle and ladybird beetle diversity of North-East India.

2. Documentation of Faunal Resources of India: Contributed(as coordinator of edited/authored books) towards comprehensive account of fauna ofIndia with special reference to insects in biogeographic zones, ecosystems, wetlands, state, union territories and protected areas:

  • Biogeographic Zones of India: Himalaya (30,377 species), North-East (18,527 species), Gangetic Plains (14,630 species), Deccan Peninsula (15,333 species), Semi-Arid (7,742 species), Desert (3,346 species), Western Ghats (3,189 species in 4 faunal groups),and Islands (3,169 insect species).
  • State and Union Territories: Chhattisgarh (52 species), Punjab (3,356 species), Haryana (2,490 species), Himachal Pradesh (8,342 species), Telangana (142 species in 2 insect groups),Assam (1,882 species), Rajasthan (332 species),Lakshadweep (19 species), Puducherry (29 species), and Daman Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli (19 species).
  • Protected Areas: Wildlife Sanctuaries: Singhori (35 species), VeeranganaDurgawati (36 species), Coringa(34 species); Tiger Reserves: Amrabad (35 species), Pench (42 species), Kanha (90 species); Biosphere Reserves: Pachmarhi (64) and Great Nicobar (35 species).
  • Ecosystems: Mangroves (340 species), Agroecosystem (359 species), Freshwater (776 species), and Soil (12,648 species in 8 faunal groups).
  • Wetlands: Ramsar Wetlands (42) (6,478 species), Bhoj Wetland (1,054 species), and East Calcutta Wetland (77 species).
  • Manual: Tardigrada, Pseudoscorpiones, Hymenoptera (excluding Formicidae), Dermaptera, Coleoptera (Soil Beetles), Embioptera, Orthoptera, Phasmida and Blattodea, and Diplopoda.


Supervising 4 Ph.D. students.

Research Focus

  • Taxonomic studies of insects with species reference to order Coleoptera.
  • Diversity and distribution patterns of beetles in India.
  • Research on insect taxonomy, morphology and zoogeography.





Books (edited and authored): 14

Research Papers: 67

Book Chapters: 138

Popular Articles: 6

Annual Reports (as co- coordinator): 4 

  • Gupta, D., Keith, D., Bhunia, D., Das, P., Ghosh, J. and Chandra, K. 2023. Review of MelolonthaFabricius, 1775 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae) from India with the description of two new species. Zootaxa, 5263(2): 191-216.
  • Bhunia. D., Gupta. D., Chandra. K. and Ahrens, D. 2022. New species and new records of Sericini of India III.Zootaxa, 5200(2): 489-494.
  • Gupta, D., Chandra, K., Das, P. and Ghosh, J. 2020.Clyster galatheaensis Gupta, Chandra, Das, and Ghosh, New Species (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Oryctini) from Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. The Coleopterists Bulletin,74(2): 411-419.
  • Gupta, D., Chandra, K., Král, D., Ghosh, J., and Das P. 2019. Enoplotrupes(Enoplotrupes) tawangensissp. nov. (Coleoptera: Geotrupidae) from Arunachal Pradesh (India) and Bhutan, along with a key to its relatives, Oriental Insects, 299-307.
  • Gupta, D., Chandra K. and Bézdék, A. 2017. Pukupukuarunachalensis sp. nov. (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Rutelinae) from Arunachal Pradesh, India. European Journal of Taxonomy, 257: 1-11.
  • Gupta, D. and Chandra, K. 2017. Tropiorhynchusannandalei (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae), a new species from Maharashtra, India. Zootaxa, 4337(4): 509-522.

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