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Dr. Sabu K. Thomas  


St. Joseph’s College, Devagiri, Kozhikode - 673 008. Kerala.



  • B.Sc. & M.Sc. Zoology- St Berchman’s College, Changanacherry, Kerala.
  • Ph.D. - Dept. of Zoology, Loyola College, Chennai-34, Tamil Nadu.
  • Post-Doctoral programme - Entomology Research Institue (ERI), Loyola College, Chennai-34, Tamil Nadu.



  • Adjunct Lecturer, Dept of Zoology, Loyola College ,Chennai-34; 1991-92
  • Lecturer, PG & Research Dept of Zoology, St.Joseph’s College, Devagiri College, Kozhikode -8, 10-10-1994 onwards.


Resarch guide at PG & Research Dept of Zoology, St.Joseph’s College, Devagiri College, Kozhikode -8; College Research Centre of  University of Calicut.

  1. PhD programmes

Number of Ph.D supervised: 15; Ongoing Ph.D programmes: 6

  1. Major Research projects

Completed major research projects: 8; ongoing major research projects: 2

Field of specialization: Entomology: Dung beetles and ground beetles (Scarabaeinae & Carabidae); Luprops tristis (Rubber litter beetle - Mupli vandu - Ola Chathan/Ola prani- Otteruma).

Google Scholar link to publications:

Awards & Recognitions:

  • Prof. M.M. Ghani Award for Best College Teacher of Univ. of Calicut 2015-16.
  • Berchman’s Award for best college teacher of Kerala State 2017, instituted by St. Berchman’s College, Changanacherry.

Major Contributions: 1). Discovery of 28 new beetle species; 2). unfolding the mysterious life of the home invading nuisance beetle, Luprops tristis (Mupli vandu / Ola prani / Kotteruma) and developent of safer methodology for   controlling the beetles; & 3).New wingless, primitive group of dung beetles at Eravikulam.


(a) International:

  1. Nithya Sathiandran, Vineesh P. J, Sabu K. Thomas 2021: Dung preference and trophic association of dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the moist forests of the South-western Ghats of the Indian subcontinent. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology; available online 19 June 2021;
  2. Jithmon, V.A. & T.K. Sabu (2021). Checklists of subfamilies Dryptinae and Panagaeinae (Insecta: Coleoptera: Carabidae) from the Indian subcontinent.Journal of Threatened Taxa 13(6): 18559–18577.
  3. Divya M., Ashly Kurian & Sabu K. Thomas (2020). A New Bombardier Beetle species of the Genus Brachinus (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Brachininae) from the Western Ghats in South West India with a New Synonymy. Oriental Insects.
  4. Divya M. & Sabu K. Thomas (2020). Checklist of Indian Pterostichinae Bonelli, 1810 (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Oriental Insects.
  5. Akhil S.V., Divya M. & Sabu K. Thomas (2020). Bombardier Beetles of Genus Brachinus Weber, 1801(Carabidae: Brachininae: Brachinini) from India. Zootaxa. 4816(4): 576–600• doi:
  6. Binsha P, Sabu K. Thomas & Justin Sunny (2020). Biological Control Potential of the Scuttle Fly, Megaselia Scalaris Loew (Diptera: Phoridae), on the home-invading pest Luprops Tristis (Fabricius) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). Coleopterists Bullettin 74(2): 331–336.
  7. Akhil S.V. & Thomas K. Sabu (2020). Physoglossus: A New Ground Beetle Genus of the Enigmatic Tribe Physocrotaphini Chaudoir, 1862 (Carabidae: Anthiinae) from the Western Ghats, A Global Hotspot of Biodiversity in South West India.  Journal Insect Biodiversity 015 (2): 060–065. http://Dx.Doi.Org/10.12976/Jib/2020.15.2.5
  8. Akhil S.V., Divya M. & Sabu K. Thomas (2019). Two New Species of Macrocheilus Hope (Carabidae: Anthiinae: Helluonini) from the South Western Ghats of India. Journal of Insect Biodiversity 009 (1): 028–033http://Dx.Doi.Org/10.12976/Jib/2019.09.1.3
  9. Akhil S.V. Sabu K. Thomas (2019). Bombardier Beetles of the Genus Pheropsophus Solier 1833 (Carabidae: Brachininae: Brachinini) From Indian Subcontinent. Zootaxa, 4608 (1): 065–089. https://Doi.Org/10.11646/Zootaxa.4608.1.3
  10. Akhil S.V. & Sabu K. Thomas (2019). New Species of Bombardier Beetles of Genus Styphlomerus Chaudoir 1875 (Coleoptera: Carabidae) from Southern India with a key to Oriental and Palaearctic Species. The Coleopterists Bulletin. Print ISSN: 0010-065X Online ISSN: 1938-4394,
  11. Shiju T. Raj & Sabu K. Thomas (2019). Checklist of Indian Lebiinae Bonelli, 1810 (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Journal of Insect Biodiversity 010 (1): 001–063. Http://Dx.Doi.Org/10.12976/Jib/0000.00.0.0
  12.  Jithmon V.A & Sabu K. Thomas (2018). Taxonomy of Euschizomerus Chaudoir 1850 (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Panagaeinae) from India with a New Species and New SynonymZootaxa 4471 (2): 361–368. Https://Doi.Org/10.11646/Zootaxa.4471.2.8
  13. Chuliath Arunraj., Vineesh P.J., Sabu K. Thomas (2017). Darkling Beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) of Forest Sites and Agricultural Fields in the South Western Ghats (South India). Journal of Insect Biodiversity 5(3): 1–12. DOI:
  14. Thomas K. Sabu & Sathiandran Nithya (2016). Comparison of the Arboreal Dung Beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) of theWet and Dry Forests of the Western Ghats, India. The Coleopterists Bulletin 70(1): 1–5. DOI: www.Bioone.Org/ Doi/Abs/10.1649/072.070.0121
  15. Sathiandran N., S. K. Thomas., A.T. Flemming (2015). An Illustrated Checklist of Dung Beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) from the Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(15): 8250–8258. DOI:
  16. Thomas K. Sabu., P. M. Nirdev., P. Aswathi (2014). The Reproductive Performance of the Mupli Beetle, Luprops Tristis, in Relation to Leaf Age of the Para Rubber Tree, Hevea Brasiliensis. Journal of Insect Science 14(12): 1–11. DOI: 10.1673/031.014.12.
  17. Aswathi P. & Sabu K.T (2013). Control of theMupli Beetle, Luprops Tristis (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), And Dormancy Phase-Related Variation in Insecticide Susceptibility. Journal of Agriculture and Urban Entomology 29(1):7684,2013; DOI: Http://Dx.Doi.Org/10.3954/12-19.1
  18.  Nithya S., Sobhana K.A., Sabu K.T (2013). A New Caccobius Dung Beetle (Scarabaeidae) from the Western Ghats of India, Oriental Insects 47(4), 238242. DOI: 10.1080/00305316.2013.871822.
  19. Seena C.M. & Sabu K.T. (2013). Defensive glands of the Darkling Beetle Mesomorphus Villiger Blanchard (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). Psyche, 1–3,2013; DOI: 10.1155/2013/201769
  20. Arunraj C., Sabu K.T., Merkl O (2013). Rare Fungus Feeding Darkling Beetle, Byrsax Cornutus Fabricius, 1792 (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae: Bolitophagini) from the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 5(11): 46084611. DOI: Http://Dx.Doi.Org/10.11609/Jott.O3188.4608-11.
  21. Venugopal K.S., Sabu K.T., Flemming A.T (2012). Diversity and Community Structure of Dung Beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) associated with Semi-Urban Fragmented Agricultural Land in the Malabar Coast in Southern India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 4(7): 2685–2692. DOI: Http://Threatenedtaxa.Org/Index.Php/Jott/Article/View/770/1375
  22. Shiju T. Raj., Sabu K. Thomas., Zhao Danyang (2012). The Apterous Endemic Genus Omphra Dejean (Coleoptera) of theIndian Subcontinent: Taxonomy with Notes on Habits and Distribution Pattern. Insecta Mundi 0206: 1–15. DOI: Http://Digitalcommons.Unl.Edu/Insectamundi/724/
  23. Shiju T. Raj., Issac Madani., Sabu K. Thomas (2012). A New Carabid Species of the Genus Macrocheilus (Coleoptera) From India. Oriental Insects 46(2): 97–10 DOI: Http://Www.Tandfonline.Com/Doi/Abs/10.1080/00305316.2012.689485
  24. Sabu K. Thomas., Greeshma M., Aswathi P (2012). Host Plant and Leaf-Age Preference of Luprops Tristis (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae: Lagriinae: Lupropini), A Home Invading Nuisance Pest in Rubber Plantation Belts. Psyche- Journal of Entomology
  25. Sabu K. Thomas., Nithya S., Vinod K.V (2011). Faunal Survey, Endemism and Possible Species loss of Scarabaeinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the Western Slopes of the Moist South Western Ghats, South India. Zootaxa 2830: 29–38. DOI: Http://Dx.Doi.Org/10.11646/%25x
  26. Sabu K. Thomas., Latha M., Vinod K.V., Nithya S., Boby J (2011). Cloud Forest Dung Beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) in the Western Ghats, A Global Biodiversity Hot Spot in South–Western India. Journal of Tropical Conservation Science 4 (1):12–24. DOI: 10.1177/194008291100400103
  27. Latha M., Cuccodoro G., Sabu K. Thomas., Vinod K.V (2011). Taxonomy of the Dung Beetle Genus Ochicanthon Vaz-De-Mello (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) of the Indian Subcontinent with notes on Distribution Patterns and Flightlessness. Zootaxa 2745: 1–29. Http://www.Mapress.Com/J/Zt/Article/View/10354    
  28. Sabu K. Thomas., Shiju T. Raj., Vinod K.V., Nithya S (2011). A Comparison of Pitfall Traps, Winkler, and Berlese Extraction Methods for Sampling Ground-Dwelling Arthropods in Tropical Montane Cloud Forests. Journal of Insect Science 11(28): 19. DOI:  10.1673/031.011.0128
  29. Abhitha P., Vinod K.V., Sabu K. Thomas (2010). Defensive Glands in the Adult and Larval Stages of Luprops Tristis (Tenebrionidae: Lagriinae: Lupropini). Journal of Insect Science 10(10): 5. DOI:  10.1673/031.010.0701
  30. Sabu K. Thomas & Shiju T. Raj (2010). Efficacy of Pitfall Trapping, Winkler, and Berlese Extraction Methods for Measuring Ground–Dwelling Arthropods in Moist-Deciduous Forests in the Western Ghats. Journal of Insect Science 10(98): 17.  DOI:  10.1673/031.010.9801
  31. Sabu K. Thomas., Shiju T. Raj., Anu Anto (2010). Effectiveness of Pitfall Trapping, Winkler, and Berlese Extraction Methods for Sampling Ground-Dwelling Coleoptera in Tropical Montane Cloud Forests. Oriental Insects 44: 345–360. DOI: 10.1673/031.010.9801  Http://Www.Tandfonline.Com/Doi/Abs/10.1080/00305316.2010.10417621
  32. Abhitha P & Sabu K. Thomas (2009): Rare Ground–Beetle Species of Leleuporella Basilewsky (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Scaritinae: Scaritini) From Indian Sub–Continent. Zootaxa 2310: 59–63.
  33. Abhitha P., Sabu K. Thomas., Tian M (2009). Termitophilous Orthogonius (Coleoptera: Carabidae) From South India. Oriental Insects 43: 369–378. Http://Www.Tandfonline.Com/Doi/Pdf/10.1080/00305316.2009.10417596
  34. Anu Anto. Sabu K. Thomas., Vineesh P.J (2009). Seasonality of Litter Insect and Relationship with Rainfall in A Wet Evergreen Forest In South Western Ghats. Journal of Insect Science 9(46): 10. DOI: Http://Dx.Doi.Org/10.1673/031.009.7201 
  35. Sabu K. Thomas & Vinod K.V (2009). Food Preferences of Rubber Litter Beetle, Luprops Tristis, A nuisance pest in rubber tree plantations. Journal of Insect Science 9(73): 5pp. DOI:  10.1673/031.009.7201
  36. Sabu K. Thomas  & Vinod K.V (2009). Population Dynamics of the Rubber Plantation Litter Beetle Luprops Tristis, In Relation to Annual Cycle of Foliage Phenology of Its Host, The Para Rubber Tree, Hevea Brasiliensis. Journal of Insect Science 9(56): 1–10. DOI: Http://Dx.Doi.Org/10.1673/031.009.5601 
  37. Vinod K.V & Sabu K. Thomas  (2009). Dormancy Inducing Factors of Rubber Litter Beetle, Luprops Tristis (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). Insect Science 1–5. DOI: 10.1111/J.1744-7917.2009.01280.X
  38. Sabu K. Thomas ., Abhitha P., Zhao D (2008). A New Helluodes Westwood Species From Western Ghats With Notes On Habitat, Distribution and Phylogenetic Relationships of Genera Helluodes Westwood and Physocrotaphus Parry of the Tribe Physocrotaphini Chaudoir (Insecta: Coleoptera: Carabidae: Anthiinae). Zootaxa 1745: 30–46. DOI:10.11646/Zootaxa.1745.1.3
  39. Sabu K. Thomas., Vineesh P.J., Vinod K.V (2008). Diversity of Forest Litter-Inhabiting Ants Along Elevations In The Wayanad Region of the Western Ghats. Journal of Insect Science 8(69): 14pp.  DOI:  10.1673/031.008.6901
  40. Sabu K. Thomas., Vinod K.V., Joby M.C (2008). Life History, Aggregation and Dormancy of the Rubber Plantation Litter Beetle, Luprops Tristis, From The Rubber Plantations of Moist South Western Ghats. Journal of Insect Science 8(01): 17 pp.
  41. Vinod K.V., Sabu K. Thomas., Benny T.M (2008). Sex Determination of the Live Rubber Litter Beetle, Luprops Tristis, A Novel Method. Journal of Insect Science 8(12): 1–6. DOI: Http://Dx.Doi.Org/10.1673/031.008.1201
  42. Anu Anto & Sabu K. Thomas  (2007). Biodiversity Analysis of Forest Litter Ant Assemblages In Wayanad Region of Western Ghats With Taxonomic and Conventional Diversity Measures. Journal of Insect Science 7(6): 1–13. DOI: Http://Dx.Doi.Org/10.1673/031.007.0601.
  43. Anu Anto & Sabu K. Thomas  (2007). Seasonal Variation In The Litter Chemical Quality of A Wet Evergreen Forest In The Western Ghats. Current Science 93(3): 391394.
  44. Sabu K. Thomas., Merkl O., Abhitha P (2007). A New Luprops Species From Western Ghats With Redescriptions and Identification Key To The Species of Indian Peninsula and Sri Lanka (Tenebrionidae: Lagriinae: Lupropini). Zootaxa 1636: 47–58. DOI: 10.5281/Zenodo.179547
  45. Vineesh P.J., Sabu K. Thomas., Karmaly K.A (2007). Community Structure and Functional Group Classification of Litter Ants In The Montane Evergreen and Deciduous Forests of Wayanad Region of Western Ghats, Southern IndiaOriental Insects 41: 427–442.
  46. Vinod K.V & Sabu K. Thomas  (2007). Species Composition and Community Structure of Dung Beetles Attracted To Dung of Gaur and Elephant In The Moist Forests of South Western Ghats. Journal of Insect Science 7(56):14pp,2007;  DOI:  10.1673/031.007.560
  47. Sabu K. Thomas ., Vinod K.V., Vineesh P.J (2006). Guild Structure, Diversity and Succession of Dung Beetles Associated With Indian Elephant Dung In The South Western Ghats Forests. Journal of Insect Science 6:1–12,2006; DOI: 10.1673/2006_06_17.1
  48. Sabu K.T & Paul S (2006). A New Onthophagus Species From Kerala, India (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae). Phegea, 34(2): 73–75. Http://Biostor.Org/Reference/160345
  49. Manoj B & Sabu K.T (2004). Conserving The Breeding Habitat of the Near Threatened Oriental White Ibis Threskiornis Melanocephalus. Current Science 87(9): 11901192.



  (b) Research Papers - National:

  1. Aswathi P & K. Sabu Thomas (2020). Host Plants of the Home Invading Nuisance Pest, Mupli Beetle, Luprops Tristis (Fabricius, 1801) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) in Agribelts of South India. Entomon 45(1): 31–42 (2020). Https://Doi.Org/10.33307/Entomon.V45i1.501
  2. K. Prameela and K. Sabu Thomas 2020: Life cycle of the dung beetle Onthophagus cervus (Fabricius, 1798) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) in moist belts of south India. ENTOMON 45(4): 243-252 (2020)
  3. Seena C. M., P.M. Nirdev., Sabu K. Thomas (2018). Sex Determination of Home Invading Nuisance Beetles, Mesomorphus Villiger Blanchard and Luprops Tristis Fabricius (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) Based On Pupal Morphology. Entomon 43(1):61–62. Http://Entomon.In/Index.Php/Entomon/Issue/View/23
  4. Sabu K. Thomas & Nithya Sathiyandran (2017).  Ecosystems Services Provided By Dung Beetles. Envis  23(4): 913,2017
  5. Subha Babu Jayaprakash., Sabu K. Thomas (2017). Bioindicator Dung Beetles of Shaded Coffee Plantation In The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve of the South Western Ghats . Envis 23(3): 811.
  6. Nirdev P.M.  & Sabu K. Thomas  (2015). Semiochemicals  In The Defensive Gland Secretion of Home Invading Nuisance Pest, Luprops Tristis (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). Hexapoda 25–30.  Https://Www.Researchgate.Net/Profile/Thomas_Sabu
  7. Aswathi. P.  Amrutha Ravi.,  Sabu K Thomas (2015). Insect Groups, Host Plants and Flowering Pattern of Mistletoes  In A Semiurban Agricultural Landscape. Hexapoda 36–43.
  8. Aswathi P & Sabu K. Thomas (2015). Efficacy of Carbamate, Organophosphate And Pyrethriod Insecticides In The Control of Home Invading Nuisance Pest Luprops Tristis (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) In Rubber Plantation Belts. Hexapoda 44–51.
  9. Aswathi. P.  Gayathri. P., Sabu K Thomas (2015). Nesting Trees of Weaver Ants In A Rural Agroecosystem  In South Malabar. Hexapoda 31–35.
  10. Sathiandran N., Sabu.K. Thomas & A.T. Flemming (2015). Forest Vegetation Types Related Variation in the Diversity and Community Structure of Dung Beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) In the Moist South Western Ghats. Entomon 40 (4): 199208. Http://Entomon.In/Index.Php/Entomon/Article/View/95/64
  11. Venugopal K.S., Sabu K.T., Flemming A.T (2014). Composition and Guild Structure of the Dung Beetle Community In A Rice Paddy Agro Ecosystem In The Western Ghats. Hexapoda 21: 4554.
  12. Nirdev P.M., Sabu K.T.,  Wesley D (2014). Semiochemicals  From The Aggregation Site of Home Invading Nuisance Pest, Luprops Tristis (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). Entomon39(2): 7784. Http://Entomon.In/Index.Php/Entomon/Article/View/41
  13. Sobhana K.A., Benny T.M., Sabu K.T (2013). Checklist of Dung Beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) Associated With A Dry Deciduous Forest In The South Western GhatsHexapoda 2(1&2): 8993. Https://Www.Academia.Edu/7874174/
  14. Swathi P., Sruthi K. S., & Sabu K.T (2013). Fate of the Home Invaded Nuisance Beetle, Luprops Tristis Exposed To Lower Dosage of Insecticide and Its Practical Implications In The Control of the Pest. Hexapoda, 20: 8993,
  15. Nirdev P.M., Jobi M. C., Sabu K. Thomas  (2012). Analysis of the Predator Reluctance and Prey Rejection of Weaver Ants With Luprops As Single Prey Resource. Journal of Biopesticides 4(2): 106108 Www.Jbiopest.Com/Users/LW8/Efiles/Vol_4_2_248C.Pdf
  16. Sabu K. Thomas  & P. Aswathi (2012).  Potential of Rubber Litter Dwelling Ants As Biocontrol Agent of Home Invading Nuisance Pest, Luprops Tristis. Journal of Biopesticides 5: 188191 www.Jbiopest.Com/Users/LW8/Efiles/Vol_5_0_188_191F.Pdf
  17. Muhammad Basheer P.P. & Sabu K. Thomas  (2012). Indian Treepie Dendrocitta Vagabunda Parvula (Latham, 1790) (Passeriformes: Corvidae) As A Natural Enemy of the Pests Of Coconut and Areca Palm Plantations. Journal of Biopesticides 5: 205–208. Http://Www.Jbiopest.Com/Users/Lw8/Efiles/Vol_5_0_205_208f.Pdf
  18. P. Aswathi M. C., Jobi & Sabu K. Thomas  (2012). Biocontrol of Home Invading Rubber Litter Beetle, Luprops Tristis With Weaver Ants (Oecophylla Smaragdina). Journal of Biopesticides, 5(Supplementary): 177–179. Http://Www.Jbiopest.Com/Users/LW8/Efiles/Vol_5_0_177_179F.Pdf
  19. Aswathi P & Sabu K. Thomas  (2011). Weaver Ant (Oecophylla Smaragdina), Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda Venatoria) and House Gecko (Hemidactylus Frenatus) As Potential Biocontrol Agents of the Pest, Luprops Tristis. Halteres 3: 48–52. Http://Www.Antdiversityindia.Com/Yahoo_Site_Admin/Assets/Docs/Sabu-Halteres-2011.14463438.Pdf
  20. Sabu K. Thomas., Vinod K.V., Vineesh P.J (2007). Succession of Dung Beetles (Scarabaeinae: Coleoptera) In The Dung Pats of Gaur, Bos Gaurus H. Smith (Artiodactyla: Bovidae), From The Moist Deciduous Forests of South Western Ghats. Biosystematica 1(1): 59–69. Https://Www.Researchgate.Net/Publication/283795344_Sabu_KT_Vinod_KV_Vineesh_PJ_2007_Succession
  21. Anu A & Sabu K. Thomas  (2006). Litter Arthropod Diversity and Community Structure In An Evergreen Forest In The Wayanad Region of Western Ghats.  Entomon 31(3): 181–190. Https://Www.Researchgate.Net/.../283812474_Anu_A_Sabu_K_Thomas_2006_Litter_Art.
  22. Narendran T.C & Sabu K. Thomas  (2003). An Interesting New Species and New Records of the Genus Parzaommoyia Girualt From The Western Ghats, Kerala, IndiaJournal of Advances In Zoology 24 (1&2): 19–20. Http://Repository.Ias.Ac.In/71469/

(B) Books/ Book Chapters


  1. Sabu K. Thomas (2012). Selected Beneficial and Harmful Insects of Indian Subcontinent. Lambert Academic Publishing Gmbh & Co. KG Heinrich-Böcking-Str. 6–8, 66121, Saarbrücken, Germany, ISBN: 978-3-659-13068-7.


            Book Chapters:

  1. Aswathi P. & Sabu K.T. (2014). Weaver Ants and Biocontrol of the Nuisance Pest Luprops Tristis (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), Springer India. Online: Doi.10.1007/978-81-322-1877-7-11.;978-81-322-1876-0.
  2. Sabu K Thomas (2012). Aggregation and Dormancy Behaviour of Luprops Tristis, The Rubber Beetle Invading Domestic Environments. In: T.N. Ananthakrishnan & K G Sivaramakrishnan (Eds.), Dynamics of Insect Behaviour, Scientific Publishers, Pp. 8191; ISBN: ISBN 978-81-7233-740-7
  3. Aswathi P. & Sabu K.T. (2012). Predatory Power of Weaver Ants and Utility As A Biocontrol Agent In The Agroecosystems, In Food Security Issues and Concern, M. John Joseph, Shanlax Publications, Madurai, 276-281. ISBN: 978-93-80657-84-4
  4. Sabu K.T. & Shiju T.R. (2010). Biodiversity of Ground Surface Dwelling Arthropods In The Moist Forests of the Western Ghats. In: T.N. Ananthakrishnan (Ed.), Insect Biodiversity: Functional Dynamics and Ecological Perspectives, Scientific Publishers, Pp. 13–30.; ISBN-10: 8172336411; ISBN-13: 978-8172336417.
  5. Sabu K. Thomas  (2009). Identification of Soil and Litter Arthropods of the Western Ghats. Training Resource Material, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Pp. 15–23.
  6. Sabu K. Thomas , Vinod K.V. & Shiju T. Raj (2009). Dung Beetles of the Moist Western GhatsTraining Resource Material, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Pp. 25–30.
  7. Sabu K. Thomas  & Shiju T. Raj (2009). Biodiversity of Ground Surface Dwelling Arthropods In The Moist Forests of the Western Ghats. In: T.N. Ananthakrishnan (Ed.), Insect Biodiversity: Functional Dynamics and Ecological Perspectives,. Scientific Publishers, Pp. 13–30.


  1. Resource person: Soil insects and their role in forest ecosystems. Forest Entomology and Pest Control Green Skill Development Programme;14-12-2019; Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB), Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
  2. Resource person: Mupli vandu (rubber litter beetle, Luprops tristis): knowing the pest and control measures. Seminar on Indoor Pest Management and Best Practices. 04-12-2018; Department of Zoology, DGM MES College, Mampad in association with the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE).
  3. Resource person: Coleopteran Taxonomy and Ecology: 3rd DST SERB School in Insect Biology sponsored by SERB-DST, Govt. of India held at St. Joseph’s college, Devagiri, Kozhikode during October 22nd-November 5th, 2017.
  4. Resource person: Coleopteran diversity: challenges and opportunities Student-Scientist Interface on “New Vistas in Invertebrate Research” organized by ICAR-Indian Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR), Kozhikode on 25th January, 2017.
  5. Resource person: Guild structure of dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) in a south Indian agroecosystem. International Conference on Entomology held in Punjabi University, Patiala;  December 3-5, 2016.
  6. Resource person: Fundamentals of coleopteran studies; Workshop Second DST-SERB School in Insect Biology 2016 organized by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, at Punjabi University, Patiala, 1-15 October, 2016.
  7. Resource person: Home invading nuisance, Luprops tristis of South India; National symposium on behavioural ecology and management of agriculturally important inects and other animals, December 27-28, 2016, University of agricultural and horticultural sciences, (UAHS) Shivamoga, Karnataka.
  8. Resource person: “Invasion of the notorious rubber litter beetle, Luprops tristis (Tenebrionidae) in to the moist Western Ghats”. National Conference titled “Insect Biodiversity Studies: Where does India stand in the Global Map?” dated March 29th-31st, 2016, at Department of Animal Science at Central University of Kerala, Padannakad, Kasargod, Organised by Department of Animal Science at Central University of Kerala, Padannakad, Kasargod, Prof. T.C. Narendran Trust for Animal Taxonomy and Entomological Society of India.
  9. Resource person: “Home invading nuisance pest, Mupli vandu (rubber litter beetle, Luprops tristis) in the rubber plantation belts of Kerala” in the workshop titled “Workshop for Post Graduate students specializing in Entomology, dated March 21st- 23rd, 2016, at Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI), Peechi, Kerala.
  10. Presentation titled “Dung beetles (Coleoptera, Scarabaeinae) attracted to omnivore dung in the forests of the moist south Western Ghats”, in the International conference on Recent Advances in Applied Zoological Researches organized by Ethiraj College, Chennai- 600008, Tamil Nadu state and Zoological Survey of India on 11th-13th February, 2016.
  11. Resource person: “Impact of climate change on the dormancy and pest status of the home invading nuisance beetle, Luprops tristis” in the National Seminar on “Impact of climate change on environment and biodiversity” on 26th & 27th March 2015 at Sri Paramkalyani centre for Excellence in Environment, MS University, Alwarkurichi (Thirunelveli), Tamil Nadu.
  12. Resource person: “Dung beetles: importance as component of soil biota” in the National Conference on “Achieving sustainable development” on 4th & 5th December 2014 at the Department of Advanced Zoology & Bio Technology, Loyola College, Chennai.
  13. Resource person: “Dung beetles of the Western Ghats and ecological importance” in the National Conference on “Conservation and inventorization of below ground biodiversity- BIOTA” on 19th December 2013 at Department of Zoology, Kongu Nadu Arts and Science College, (Autonomous), Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
  14. Resource person: “Cloud forest dung beetles in Western Ghats” in the Workshop on “Crowd sourcing of in situ data for remote sensing and modeling of environment” on 7th August 2013 at Trivandrum, ; Orgnised by  Kerala State Biodiversity Board, Center for Bioinformatics, Kerala University and University of Alabama in Huntsville, US.
  15. Resource person: “Predatory power of Weaver ants and utility as a biocontrol agent in the agro ecosystems” in the National Conference on “Food security: issues and concerns” on 21st & 22nd February 2013 at Arul Andavar College, Karmathur, Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
  16. Resource person: “Weaver ants: a boon or bane to the agro systems” in the National Conference on “Relevance of conservation and sustainable utilisation of bio resources” on 13th & 14th December 2012 at P.G. & research Department of Zoology, Auxillium College, Gandhi Nagar, Vellore, Tamil Nadu.
  17. Resource person“Diversity of Dung beetles” in the National seminar on Conservation of Biodiversity, organized by QMG Govt. College for women, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  18. Resource person: “Biocontrol of home invading rubber litter beetle, Luprops tristis with Weaver ants (Oecophylla smaragdina)” in the International Conference BIOCICON 28th–30th November, 2011, Organized by Crop Protection Research Centre, Department of Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology, St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Palayamkottai, Tamil Nadu.
  19. Presentation titled “ Biocontrol of the nuisance pest, Luprops tristis with weaver ants (Oecophylla smaragdina) and establishment of nesting trees in rubber plantation belts” in the  National Seminar on Current trends in biotechnological strategies for eco-friendly crop protection, 16th December held at Chemical Sciences Auditorium, University of Madras, Maraimalai Campus (Guindy), Organized by Sun Agro Biotech Research Centre (SABRC) & Department of Zoology, University of Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  20. Presentation titled “Omphra (Carabidae): lesser known wingless endemic ground beetle of the Indian subcontinent”. National conference on Environmental protection and management, 29th-30th August, Organized by Department of Zoology, Loyola College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  21. Presentation titled “Mupli beetles- Phenology and control steps. National seminar on Harmful and beneficial insects of agricultural importance with special reference to Luprops tristis in Rubber plantations, 17th-18th February, Organized by PG & Research Dept. of Zoology, St. Joseph’s College, Devagiri, Calicut, Kerala.
  22. Presentation titled “Endemic and non-endemic dung beetles in tropical montane cloud forests [Shola forests] in the Western Ghats and the conservational implications”. National Seminar on Tropical Ecosystems: Structure, Function and Services, 28th-29th December. Organized by Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education at Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
  23. Resource person: Refresher course on Biodiversity Conservation and its Application, 12th November to 2nd December 2009 at the Department of P.G. Studies and Research in Wildlife and Management, Kuvempu University, Jana Sahyadri, Shankaraghatta, Karnataka. Topics: Ecology and Conservational importance of dung beetles and Uniqueness of montane forest dung beetles in the Western Ghats.
  24. Resource person: Training workshop on Taxonomy and Ecology of Soil Flora and Fauna, 12th and 13th February 2009 organized by Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) Sub Centre, Nilambur, Kerala. Topics: Identification of soil and litter arthropods of the Western Ghats and Dung beetles of the moist Western Ghats.
  25. Resource person: Invasion of litter beetle, Luprops tristis and its emergence as a serious nuisance pest in the moist western slopes of the Western Ghats. Seminar on Invasive Insects in Agriculture, Forestry and Medicine. Organized by Prof. T.N. Ananthakrishan foundation at University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Chennai on 13th December, 2008. 
  26. Resource person: Relevance of forest litter fauna in ecosystem functioning and maintenance of biodiversity. National seminar on Biodiversity, organized by Biodiversity Board and Department of Zoology, Loyola College, Chennai on 30th-31th January, 2006.
  27. Resource person: Comparative assessment of the guild structure and taxonomic diversity of dung beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) assemblages in the Wayanad region of Western Ghats. Proceedings of the National Conference on Safe Environment for The Future Generations, Department of Zoology, Auxilium College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu on September 8th, 2005.
  28. Resource person: Community structure & diversity of dung beetles (Scarabaeinae) in the agricultural landscapes of Central Kerala. National symposium on Animal Taxonomy, 3rd January, 2005 organized by Department of Zoology, S.H. College, Thevara, Cochin, Kerala.
  29. Presentation titled “Community structure and diversity of dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) in the agricultural landscapes”. National seminar on Healthy Environment, Department of Zoology, Loyola College, Chennai on December 3rd, 2004.

Major Research Projects:



Title of the project and duration

Funding agency


Litter insect dynamics with special reference to ecological succession and chemical ecology along varying altitude in the Wayanad and Coorg forests of Western Ghats - 3 years. (2002-2005).

Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change (MoEF); Govt. of India.


Studies on the biology and rubber litter substrate quality influence on the dynamics of Luprops beetles - 3 yrs. (2004-2007).

Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (KSCSTE).


Litter insect diversity and trophic interactions in relation to the substrate biochemical profile in the major forest vegetations of Kerala - 3 years. (2005-2008).

Dept. of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India.



Guild structure, taxonomic diversity and biosystematics of dung beetles in the agriculture and forest habitats of Southern Western Ghats - 3 years. (2007-2010).

University Grants Commission (UGC).



Biocontrol of Mupli beetles by aggregation pheromones and control of premature leaf fall in rubber plantations – 3 years. (2009-2012).

Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (KSCSTE).


Dung beetles associated with the dung droppings of major mammals and composition of Arboreal dung beetles in the Western Ghats - 3 years (2010-13)

Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change (MoEF); Govt. of India.


Community ecology and biosystematics of dung beetles in the rain shadow belts of the South Western Ghats - 3 years (2012-15)

University Grants Commission (UGC).


Taxonomy and barcoding of south Indian Carabidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) - 3 years (2014-17)

Dept. of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India.


*Diversity and community structure of ground surface dwelling arthropods in agro-ecosystems on Kerala; Two years (2009-11);* Minor project

Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB).


Taxonomy and biogeographic affinities of the lesser known Carabidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) in the Northwest, Central and Northeastern regions of Indi - 3 years (2019-22)

Dept. of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India.


Taxonomy of the lesser known Carabid subfamilies (Insecta: Coleoptera) of Deccan peninsula - 3 years (2020-23)

Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change (MoEF); Govt. of India.