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Golofa claviger
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Scarabaeidae
Tribe: Dynastini
Genus: Golofa
Hope, 1837
  • Asseroder Maunders, 1848
  • Mixigenus Thomson, 1859
  • Praogolofa Bates, 1892

Golofa is a genus of rhinoceros beetles. The name Golofa is the indigenous name used for these beetles in Venezuela, and was adopted as a genus name when originally described in 1837; the genus name is masculine in gender, following ICZN Article 30.2.3.[1]


Golofa are large scarabs, and the males typically have a single horn on the head and another horn centrally on the prothorax; the horns are often elongate, and often curve towards each other.



  1. ^ Hope, F.W. 1837. On the Golofa Beetle of Venezuela and its allied species. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 2(1): 42–45.
  2. ^ a b Morón, Miguel Angel (1995). "Review of the Mexican Species of Golofa Hope (Coleoptera: Melolonthidae, Dynastinae)". The Coleopterists Bulletin. 49 (4): 343–386. JSTOR 4009183.

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