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McElrath, Tommy

Insect Collection Manager
Assistant Research Scientist, Entomology

Address and Contact Information

615 E. Peabody Dr.
MC 650
Champaign, IL  61820

Research Interests

Insect systematics; evolution; biodiversity; insect conservation; Coleoptera; Cucujoidea; Coccinelloidea; Monotomidae; collections manager of Insect Collection

Research Biography

Current Projects

  • Systematics of Monotomidae: Revision of the genus Bactridium (Coleoptera: Monotomidae)
  • Catalog of the superfamily Cucujoidea
  • Day-to-day management of INHS Insect Collections; INHS Slide Collection Curation


PhD: Entomology, 2017, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

BA: Biology, 2010, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA

Selected Publications

McElrath TC, T Yoshida. 2021. Proposed Nomenclatural Changes for Some Genera of Laemophloeidae and Monotomidae (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea). The Coleopterists Bulletin 75(3): 702-706.

Liu Z, E Tihelka, TC McElrath (corresponding author), S Yamamoto, A Ślipiński, B Wang, D Ren, Hong Pang. 2020. New minute clubbed beetles (Coleoptera, Monotomidae, Lenacini) from mid-Cretaceous amber of northern Myanmar. Cretaceous Research 107:104255 DOI:

KE Schnepp, TC McElrath, and GS Powell. 2019. The beetle fauna associated with the peduncle of Sabal mexicana (Arecaceae) in southern Texas. Journal of Natural History 53:35-36, 2183-2193 DOI:

Wei L, K Reiter, TC McElrath, M Alleyne, A Dunn. 2019. Diffraction gratings alter the surface friction of iridescent beetle cuticle against fibrous surfaces. Biotribology 20:100108 DOI:

McElrath TC, JV McHugh. 2018. Undocumented beetle diversity in the southeastern United States: a case study of the minute clubbed beetles (Coleoptera: Monotomidae). Zootaxa 4472 (1): 127–140 DOI:

McElrath TC. 2017. Beetles (Coleoptera) of Peru: A Survey of the Families. Monotomidae Laporte, 1840. Revista Peruana de Biología. 24(2):187-192. DOI:

McElrath TC, OF Boyd, JV McHugh. 2016. MonotomidGen – A matrix-based interactive key to the New World genera of Monotomidae (Coleoptera, Cucujoidea). ZooKeys. 634: 47-55. DOI:

McElrath TC, OF Boyd, JV McHugh. 2016. MonotomidGen — a web resource of identification tools for minute clubbed beetles. Available

McElrath TC, RA Androw, JV McHugh. 2016. Antibothrus morimotoi Sasaji, an Old World cocoon-forming beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinelloidea: Bothrideridae) newly established in North America. Zootaxa. 4154(3): 323-330. DOI:

McElrath TC. 2016. Monotomidae Laporte, 1840. in Catálogo Taxonômico da Fauna do Brasil,

McElrath TC, JA Robertson, MC Thomas, J Osborne, KB Miller, JV McHugh, MF Whiting. 2015. A molecular phylogenetic study of Cucujidae sensu lato (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea). Systematic Entomology 40(4):705-718. DOI: 10.1111/syen.12133 - inc. in “Coleoptera Evolution” Virtual Issue 2015

DA Jenkins, C Millan-Hernandez, AR Cline, TC McElrath, B Irish, R. Goenaga. 2015. Attraction of Pollinators to Atemoya (Annona squamosa x Annona cherimola) in Puerto Rico Using Commercial Lures and Food Attractants. Journal of Economic Entomology. 108(4):1923-1929. DOI: 10.1093/jee/tov136

Professional Affiliations

Coleopterists Society; Entomological Society of America; Entomological Collections Network; Georgia Entomological Society

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