Violeta Silvestro









Doctor in Biological Sciences (University of Buenos Aires).

Post-doctoral researcher (CONICET).

JTP (University of Hurlingham).


Research interests

Systematics and phylogeny of the tribe Scotobiini (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae).


Research articles

1 – Silvestro, V. A. & Flores, G. E. (2012) Two new species of Emmallodera Blanchard, 1842 (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) from western Argentina. Zootaxa 3405: 64-68.

2 – Silvestro, V. A., Carrara, R. & Flores, G. E. (2012) Redescripción y consideraciones biogeográficas de dos especies de Scotobius (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) de ambientes montanos del centro de Argentina y Chile. Revista de la Sociedad Entomológica Argentina 71: 191-202.

3 – Silvestro, V. A., Giraldo-Mendoza, A. E. & Flores, G. E. (2015) Pumiliofossorum: A new genus of Scotobiini (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) with two new species from Peru, and a revised key for the genera of the tribe. Zootaxa 3986(4): 461-471.

4 – Silvestro, V. A. & Flores, G. E. (2016) Notes on types of some species described by Billberg and Germar belonging to the South American genera Scotobius Germar, 1823 and Nyctelia Berthold, 1827 (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), with new synonymies and taxonomic implications. Annales Zoologici 66(4): 653-663.

5 – Silvestro, V. A. & Michat, M. C. (2016) Description of the egg and first-instar larva of Scotobius pilularius Germar (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae: Scotobiini), and analysis of larval primary chaetotaxy. Annales Zoologici 66(4): 681-691.

6 – Ramírez, L. C., Carrara, R., Silvestro, V. A. & Flores, G. E. (2016) First fossil assemblage of darkling beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) from Buenos Aires, Argentina: evidence of dry climate during the late Pleistocene in the humid pampas. Annales Zoologici 66(4): 643-652.

7 – Aballay, F. H., Flores, G. E., Silvestro, V. A., Zanetti, N. I. & Centeno, N. D. (2016) An illustrated key to and diagnoses of the species of Tenebrionidae (Coleoptera) associated with decaying carcasses in Argentina. Annales Zoologici 66(4): 703-726.

8 – Carrara, R., Silvestro, V. A., Cheli, G. H., Fernández Campón, M. F. & Flores, G. E. (2016) Disentangling the effect of climate and human influence on distribution patterns of Scotobius pilularius Germar, 1823 (Coleoptera: tenebrionidae). Annales Zoologici 66(4): 693-701.

9 – Silvestro, V. A. (2019) Revision of the Chilean genus Diastoleus Solier (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), with a preliminary phylogenetic analysis of the tribe Scotobiini. Annales Zoologici 69(1): 113-131.