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Jan Krikken

J. (Jan) Krikken, MSc., Research associate - Taxonomy and Systematics, Coleoptera


Email: jan.krikken@naturalis.nl
Phone: +31 (0)71-
Room number: not applicable

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I studied biology at the Universities of Groningen and Leiden. In 1970 I was appointed Curator of Entomology in the National Museum of Natural History / Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden; I was Associate Director of the museum from 1990-2005, and heavily involved in its redevelopment.

From 1988-1998 I was President of the Netherlands Entomological Society.

I was editor with professional journals.


Research interest

  • Taxonomy and evolution of Scarabaeoidea (particular groups and Southeast Asian fauna)
  • Family-group classification of Coleoptera (with special reference to Southeast Asia)
  • Forensic entomology research and support
  • Development of taxonomic expert and data mining systems

I have a broad interest in taxonomic biodiversity, and in related information management and nature conservation issues. My primary research focuses on the taxonomy and biogeography of beetles, particularly the Scarabaeoidea (scarabs, chafers, etc.). This brought me to various parts of the tropics, including several expeditions to Southeast Asia and East Africa. An interest in dung and carrion ecology led to me to being active as a consultant in forensic entomology, since 1985, dealing with over 70 cases.


Current research topics


During my career I was involved in many conservation organisations.



Available student projects


Naturalis Repository

Selected publications

Krikken, J., 1984. A new key to the suprageneric taxa in the beetle family Cetoniidae, with annotated lists of the known genera. Zoologische Verhandelingen 210: 3-75. download 

Krikken, J & Huijbregts, J, 2006. Miniature scarabs of the genus Haroldius on Sulawesi, with notes on their relatives (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). – Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 149: 167‑187.

Huijbregts, J & Krikken, J, 2007. First record of the genus Amphistomus from the Moluccas (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae). – Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 150: 31-37.

Krikken, J & Huijbregts, J, 2007. Taxonomic diversity of the genus Ochicanthon in Sundaland (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae). – Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 150: 421-479.

Krikken, J, 2008. A neglected trichiine beetle from Costa Rica (Coleoptera: Cetoniidae). – Zoologische Mededelingen Leiden 82: 103-108. 

Krikken, J, 2008. Two new species from Kenya in the physogastric termitophilous genusTermitoderus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae). – Tropical Zoology, in press.

Krikken, J, 2008. Blind, flightless termitophiles of the genus Termitotrox in East Africa: three new species with a generic review (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Termitotroginae). – Tijdschrift voor Entomologie, in press. 

Huijbregts, J & Krikken, J, 2008. Forensische entomologie. In: Broeders & Muller (eds),Forensische wetenschap. – Deventer: Kluwer, in press.

Krikken, J., 2008. Zelenkaesalus subgen.n. for three Southeast Asian species ofEchinoaesalus Zelenka, including E. javanus sp.n. (Coleoptera: Lucanidae: Aesalinae). Koleopterologische Rundschau 78: 275-284. 

Please contact the author when you are interested in one of the articles above and it is not available online or in the repository [Repository].