Time to Restart: Study of the Dermaptera of the Indian Subcontinent


  • Yoshitaka Kamimura Department of Biology, Keio University, 4-1-1 Hiyoshi, Yokohama 223-8521
  • Chikkabidare M. Karthik Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, Keladi Shivappa Nayaka University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Navile, Shivamogga 577204, Karnataka
  • Chicknayakanahalli M. Kalleshwaraswamy Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, Keladi Shivappa Nayaka University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Navile, Shivamogga 577204, Karnataka




Dermaptera, classification, collection, earwigs, India, ecology, distribution, genitalia, identification, regional fauna characteristics, alpha taxomoy, DNA barcoding, recent advances


The Dermaptera is a polyneopteran order with > 2,000 described species from mainly tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate regions. More than 310 species of the Dermaptera belonging to nine families have been reported from the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) as a result of the extensive work of Gyanendra Kumar Srivastava. Embracing environmental and climatic heterogeneity, the Indian subcontinent is an intersection of multiple faunal regions and includes several dermapteran groups of special interest. To restart the studies on the Dermaptera of this region, which has been stagnant for a decade, this paper includes a beginner’s guide for collecting and identifying Dermaptera, together with a brief summary of recent advances in their classification and phylogeny.


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Kamimura, Y., Karthik, C. M., & Kalleshwaraswamy, C. M. (2023). Time to Restart: Study of the Dermaptera of the Indian Subcontinent. Indian Journal of Entomology, 85(4), 1213–1220. https://doi.org/10.55446/IJE.2022.984


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