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:

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

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.      Divya M., Ashly Kurian & Sabu K. Thomas (In Press). "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.

2.      Divya M. & Sabu K. Thomas (In Press). Checklist of Indian Pterostichinae Bonelli, 1810 (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Oriental Insects.

3.      Akhil S.V., Divya M. & Sabu K. Thomas (In Press). Bombardier Beetles of Genus Brachinus Weber, 1801(Carabidae: Brachininae: Brachinini) from India. Zootaxa.

4.      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): 16.

5.      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

6.      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): 028–033.


7.      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.


8.      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,

9.      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

10.  Jithmon V.A & Sabu K. Thomas (2018). Taxonomy of Euschizomerus Chaudoir 1850 (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Panagaeinae) from India with a New Species and New Synonym. Zootaxa 4471 (2): 361–368.


11.  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:

12.  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


13.  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.



14.  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.

15.   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

16.  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.

17.  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

18.  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.

19.  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

20.  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/

21.  Shiju T. Raj., Issac Madani., Sabu K. Thomas (2012). A New Carabid Species of the Genus Macrocheilus (Coleoptera) From India. Oriental Insects 46(2): 97–106

      DOI: Http://Www.Tandfonline.Com/Doi/Abs/10.1080/00305316.2012.689485

22.  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


23.  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

24.  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

25.  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.


26.  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

27.  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

28.  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

29.  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:

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