Dr. Brett C. Ratcliffe

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Professor and Curator
University of Nebraska State Museum
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
W-436 Nebraska Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0514
Phone: (402) 472-2614
FAX: (402) 472-8949
EMail:  BRATCLIFFE1@UNL.EDU
Web Site: http://www-museum.unl.edu/research/entomology/

 

Appointment:
90% Research, 10% Teaching. Curator of Insects, University of Nebraska State Museum, Systematics Research Collections

 

Education:
  1. B.S. in Entomology and Zoology with a minor in English/Geography, University of Nebraska, 1968
  2. M.S. in Entomology, University of Nebraska, 1970
  3. Ph.D. in Entomology, University of Nebraska, 1975

 

Professional Responsibilities and Activities:
  • Professor and Curator in the University of Nebraska State Museum, responsible for a collection of ca. 2 million specimens.
  • Specialist in the taxonomy, biology, ecology, phylogeny, and biogeography of scarab beetles.
  • Conducted research and collected in the Neotropics annually for the past 40 years.

 

Awards and Honors:
  • 1980 National Academy of Sciences. Selected for one month scientific exchange with the German Democratic Republic as part of the NAS East European-USSR Scientific Exchange Program.
  • 1981 Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists. Received Outstanding Paper of the Year Award.
  • 1983 - 85 President-elect, President, Past President, Coleopterists’ Society.
  • 1993 Coleopterists Society. Received Outstanding Paper of the Year Award.
  • 2001 University of Nebraska, Outstanding Research and Creativity Award (ORCA).
  • 2006 Coleopterists Society. Received Outstanding Paper of the Year Award.
  • 2006-present: Research Associate, U.S. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.
  • 2008 Outstanding Paper Presentation at the SOLA symposium, Entomological Society of America meeting, Reno, NV, November 2008.
  • 2009 Charles E. Bessey Award (Center for Great Plains Studies) for best natural science article.
  • 2009 Coleopterists Society. Received large, framed presentation of my 11 covers that appeared on The The Coleopterists Bulletin in recognition of 15 years of service to the society as Secretary.
  • 2010 Coleopterists Society. Elected Fellow in recognition of devotion to the Society and dedication to the discipline.
  • 2011 Faculty International Scholar of the Year awarded by Phi Beta Delta, University of Nebraska.

 

Foreign Fieldwork:
  • 1960-1961 Japan (in residence).
  • 1962 Mexico
  • 1971 Mexico and Belize
  • 1974 Amazonian Colombia and Peru
  • 1974 Mexico
  • 1975 Panama
  • 1976 Panama
  • 1976-1978 Amazonian Brazil; numerous other trips to remote areas in northern and southern Brazil and Peru (in residence).
  • 1977 Panama
  • 1980 Panama
  • 1980 Brazil
  • 1981 Mexico
  • 1982 Panama
  • 1983 northern Mexico
  • 1984 Mexico
  • 1985 Mexico
  • 1986 Panama and Costa Rica
  • 1987 Mexico
  • 1988 Costa Rica
  • 1989 Mexico
  • 1990 Costa Rica
  • 1991 Mexico
  • 1991 Brazil
  • 1992 Costa Rica
  • 1993 Guatemala
  • 1993 Panama
  • 1994 Panama
  • 1994 Mexico
  • 1995 Panama and Costa Rica
  • 1996 South Africa
  • 1997 Honduras and Costa Rica
  • 1998 Ecuador
  • 1999 Venezuela
  • 2000 Honduras
  • 2000 Brazil
  • 2001 Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador
  • 2002 Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador
  • 2003 Chile and Argentina
  • 2004 Costa Rica
  • 2004 Costa Rica
  • 2005 Mexico
  • 2006 Bolivia
  • 2007 Japan
  • 2008 Belize
  • 2008 Japan
  • 2009 Guatemala
  • 2009 England
  • 2009 Mexico
  • 2010 Mexico
  • 2011 Guatemala
  • 2012 Peru
  • 2012 Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe
  • 2014 Dominica, Martinique, Grenada for two weeks.
  • 2014 Switzerland and England for two weeks.
  • 2016 Norway and Belgium for two weeks.

 

Selected Grants and Contracts (ca $3 million):
  • 1980 AID & Dept. of Interior (via World Wildlife Fund); $4,100 for project on minimum critical size of ecosystem in Amazonian Brazil.
  • 1980 National Academy of Sciences. One month East European Scientific Exchange to the German Democratic Republic.
  • 1980 The Nature Conservancy; $4,500 for insect faunal survey of Mormon Island Refuge.
  • 1985 Institute of Museum Services; $24,648 for collection conservation.
  • 1987 Institute of Museum Services; $10,065 for collection conservation.
  • 1992 Center for Great Plains Studies; $5,000 research fellowship.
  • 1992 National Science Foundation (Biotic Surveys & Inventories); $189,149.
  • 1992-2000 Pathology Medical Services, P.C., variable amounts and dates for forensic entomology expertise.
  • 1995 University of Nebraska; $30,000 for Museum facilities improvement.
  • 1995 University of Nebraska Foundation; $4,230 for research/collecting trip to South Africa.
  • 1995 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service via Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, $15,565 for student support and endangered species research.
  • 1995 Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA), $9,484 for endangered species survey at seven sites in eastern Nebraska.
  • 1996 University of Nebraska Research Council; $3,000 for research/collecting trip to Honduras.
  • 1997 University of Nebraska; $15,000 for publishing Museum Bulletin series.
  • 1997 Nebraska Game and Parks Commission; $15,800 for endangered species surveys in Nebraska.
  • 1997 National Science Foundation; $740,000 for research and student training (PEET) (co-PI with Mary Liz Jameson).
  • 1998 National Science Foundation (Biotic Inventories & Surveys); $293,000.
  • 1999 National Science Foundation; $38,000 for cabinets to house the national collection of Scarabaeidae on long-term loan from the Smithsonian (PEET supplemental) (co-PI with Mary Liz Jameson).
  • 2000 National Science Foundation; $10,000 for Research Experience for Undergraduates as supplemental to NSF/PEET project (co-PI with M. Jameson).
  • 2000 National Science Foundation; $50,233 supplemental grant to NSF/Biotic Surveys grant.
  • 2001 National Science Foundation; $750,000 for research and student training (PEET) (co-PI with Mary Liz Jameson).
  • 2005 Nebraska Game and Parks Commission; $6,000 for book publication.
  • 2006 National Science Foundation: $5,300 for Research Experience for Undergraduates as supplemental to NSF/PEET project (co-PI with M. Jameson).
  • 2007 National Science Foundation (Biotic Inventories & Surveys) for Dynastinae of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize; $480,000.
  • 2009 Special Funds, The Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom. Guest curation of Dynastinae collection for two weeks (with M. L. Jameson) ($5,135).

 

Publications:
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and R. J. Luedtke. 1969. A comparison of silphids taken from covered and uncovered carrion (Coleoptera: Silphidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 23:103–105.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1970. Collecting slime flux feeding Coleoptera in Japan. Entomological News 81: 255–256.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1972. The natural history of Necrodes surinamensis (Fabr.) (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Transactions of the American Entomological Society 98: 359–410.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1974. New distribution records for eleven species of Phyllophaga (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Entomological News 85: 72–75.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1976. A revision of the genus Strategus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 10: 93–204, 176 figs.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1976. Notes on the biology of Euphoriaspis hirtipes (Horn) with a description of the larva and pupa (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 30: 217–225.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1976. Pike, K.S., R.L. Rivers, Ratcliffe, B. C., C.Y. Oseto and Z B Mayo. 1976. A world bibliography of the genus Cyclocephala (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). University of Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station Miscellaneous Publication 32: 1–32.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1977. A case of tarantula induced vesicular dermatitis. Journal of Medical Entomology 13: 745–747.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1977. A description of the larva and pupa of Osmoderma subplanata Casey and Cremastocheilus wheeleri LeConte (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 50: 363–370.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1977. Four new species of Neotropical Cyclocephalini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Acta Amazonica 7: 429–434.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1978. The systematic entomology collections of Brazil's National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA). Bulletin of the Entomological Society of America 24: 62.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1978. As coleções de entomologia sistematica do Instituto Naçional de Pesquisas da Amazonia (INPA-Manaus). Ciencia e Cultura 30: 627–628.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1978. A review of the genus Argyripa (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Systematic Entomology 3: 371–378.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1978. A new species of Trox from the Amazon Basin with new distribution records for Central American Trox (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Acta Amazonica 8: 299–302.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1978. New species of Stenocrates from Brazil (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Acta Amazonica 8: 489–495.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and N. D. Penny. 1978. Catalogo dos tipos de invertebrados depositados nas coleções entomologicas do INPA-Manaus. Acta Amazonica 8: 689–697.
  • a. Ratcliffe, B. C. and J. A. Fagerstrom. 1980. Invertebrate Lebensspuren of Holocene floodplains: their morphology, origin and paleoecological significance. Journal of Paleontology 54: 614–630. Outstanding Paper of the Year in the 1980 Journal of Paleontology.
  • b. Ratcliffe, B. C.1983. Reprinted In: Sarjeant, William A.S. (Ed.), Terrestrial Trace Fossils. Benchmark Papers in Geology 76, p. 251–267. Hutchinson Ross Publ. Co., Stroudsburg, Pa.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and F. Chalumeau. 1980. Strategus syphax (Fabr.): A description of the third instar larva and pupa (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 34: 85–93.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1981. New species of Coprini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) taken from the pelage of three toed sloths (Bradypus tridactylus L.) in central Amazonia with a commentary on scarab-sloth relationships. The Coleopterists Bulletin 34: 337–350.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1981. The fourth Hylobothynus: spanning the Amazonian gap (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 35: 303–306.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1981. New species and distribution records of Surutu from Amazonian Brazil (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 35: 107–112.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1981. A redescription of Trichillum hirsutum Boucomont with notes on other interesting Brazilian Scarabaeinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Acta Amazonica 11: 183–186.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1981. Barutus hartmanni, a new genus and species from Panama with a key to the New World genera of Pentodontini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 35: 463–472.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1981. Xyloryctes jamaicensis (Drury) in Nebraska. Scarabaeus No. 4: 8.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1982. American Oryctini: Strategus verrilli Ratcliffe rediscovered and described, and new records and comments for other Strategus and Hispanioryctes (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 36: 352–357.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1983. Trox hamatus Robinson (Troginae) using a Canthon (Scarabaeinae) brood ball and new records of North American Trox (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences 11: 53–55.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and R.-P. Dechambre. 1983. New combinations, synonymy and distribution records for Neotropical Pentodontini and Oryctini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 37: 267–272.
  • Morón, M. andRatcliffe, B. C. 1984. Description of the larva and pupa of Argyripa lansbergei (Sallé) with new distributional records for the genus and a key to New World Gymnetini larvae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 86: 760–768.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1984. A review of the Penichrolucaninae with analyses of phylogeny and biogeography and description of a second New World species from the Amazon Basin (Coleoptera: Lucanidae). Quaestiones Entomologique 20: 60–87.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1985. The Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin. Scarabaeus No. 11: 1–3.
  • Penny, N. D. and B. C. Ratcliffe.. 1985. Entomological collections and human resources in Brazil. ASC Newsletter 13: 21–24.
  • Boos, J. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 1985. A new subspecies of Inca clathrata (Olivier) from Trinidad, West Indies, and range extensions for Inca clathrata sommeri Westwood (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Trichiinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 39: 381–389.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1985. God is, forsooth, a scarab: a rebuttal to Acorn’s repugnant carabid hypothesis. Biologie und Naturwissenschaften der Käfer 3: 9–19.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1986. New species of Dyscinetus from the West Indies and South America (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 40: 75–80.
  • Bown, T. M. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 1988. The origin of Chubutolithes Ihering, ichnofossils from the Eocene and Oligocene of Chubut Province, Argentina. Journal of Paleontology 62: 163–167.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1988. New species and distributions of Neotropical Phileurini and a new phileurine from Burma (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 42: 43–55.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1988. A new species of Aphodius (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae) from Nebraska. Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences 16: 87–89.
  • Deloya, A. C. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 1988. A synopsis of the genus Cotinis in Mexico with description of three new species (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae). Acta Zoologica Mexicana No. 28: 1–52.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and M. L. Jameson. 1989. A synopsis of the genus Areoda (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 43: 135–144.
  • Morón, M. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 1989. A synopsis of the American Goliathini with description of a new Neoscelis from Mexico (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 43: 339–348.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and G. Clark. 1989. Observations on the tunnel morphology of Heterocerus brunneus Melsh. (Coleoptera: Heteroceridae) and the paleoecological significance of insect traces. Journal of Paleontology 63: 228–232.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. (Editor). 1989. University of Nebraska State Museum. ASC Newsletter 17: 1, 3, 10–12.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and M. L. Jameson. 1989. A new species of Pelidnota (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae) from Panama. The Coleopterists Bulletin 43: 259–262.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1989. A case of gynandromorphy in Golofa tersander (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 43: 256–258.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1989. Corrections and clarifications to Endrödi’s “The Dynastinae of the World.” The Coleopterists Bulletin 43: 275–278.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and L. Delgado. 1990. New species and notes of Cyclocephala from Mexico (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Folia Entomologica Mexicana No. 80: 41–57.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1990. The significance of scarab beetles in the ethnoentomology of non-industrial, indigenous peoples. Proc. I Internat. Congr. Ethnobiology, Belem, Brazil, vol. 1: 159–185.
  • Morón, M. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 1990. Descriptions of Strategus larvae with a new key to species based on the larvae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Elytron 4: 53–66.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1990. Prairie scarabs. The Nebraska perspective. American Entomologist 36: 28–35.
  • Howden, H. F. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 1990. An unusual new species of Trigonopeltastes Burmeister from Chiapas, Mexico (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Trichiinae). Canadian Entomologist 122: 1–4.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1990. An unusual method of pattern disruption in an Amazonian scarab beetle. Boletim Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, Series Zoologia 6: 109–113.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1991. The Passalidae and Lucanidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) of Nebraska. Great Plains Research 1: 249–282.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1992. Two new species of Cyclocephala from Arizona and Mexico and a note on melanistic C. melanocephala (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 46: 250–255.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and C. Deloya. 1992. The biogeography and phylogeny of Hologymnetis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae) with a revision of the genus. The Coleopterists Bulletin 45: 161–202. Outstanding Paper of the Year in the 1992 Coleopterists Bulletin.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1992. Nine new species and 11 country records of Cyclocephala (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae) from Panama and Costa Rica. The Coleopterists Bulletin 46: 216–235.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1992. A new species of Ancognatha
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and M. L. Jameson. 1992. New Nebraska occurrences of the endangered American burying beetle (Coleoptera: Silphidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 46: 421–425.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C., M. L. Jameson, and T. Taylor. 1992. Two remarkable new species of Plusiotis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae) from Mexico and Central America. Insecta Mundi 6: 1–5.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1992. New species and country records of Brazilian Cyclocephala (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Tidschrift voor Entomologie 136: 179–190.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and C. L. Messenger. 1992. Vial support system for fluid collections, pp. 213–214. In: C. Rose and A.R. de Torres (eds.), Storage of Natural History Collections: Ideas and Practical Solutions. Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Jameson, M. L., Ratcliffe, B. C.,and M. M. Morón. 1994. A synopsis of the Neotropical genus Calomacraspis Bates with a key to larvae of the American genera of Rutelini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 87: 43–58.
  • Jameson, M. L., B. C. Ratcliffe, and M. M. Morón. 1994. A synopsis of the Neotropical genus Calomacraspis Bates with a key to larvae of the American genera of Rutelini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 87: 43–58.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1994. Orizabus subaziro, a new species from Mexico (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 48: 91–93.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1995. American burying beetle. Nebraska’s Threatened and Endangered Species insert in NEBRASKAland Magazine 73, 6 pp.
  • Maes, J.-M. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 1996. Scarabaeidae nuevos para la fauna de Nicaragua. Revista Nicaraguense de Entomologia 34: 17–18.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and M. A. Morón. 1997. Capítulo 3. Dynastinae, pp. 53–98. In: Morón, Miguel A., Brett C. Ratcliffe, and Cuauhtemoc Deloya, Atlas de los Escarabajos de Mexico (Coleoptera Lamellicornia). (Coleoptera Lamellicornia). Vol. 1. Familia Melolonthidae. CONABIO and Sociedad Mexicana de Entomologia, Mexico. 280 pp.
  • Maes, J.-M., B. C. Ratcliffe, and M. L. Jameson. 1997. Fauna entomologica de la Reserva Natural BOSAWAS, Nicaragua. XI. Escarabajos (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) nuevos para la fauna de Nicaragua. Revista Nicaraguense de Entomologia 39: 41–45.
  • Morón, M. A. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 1997. New tribal placement of the genus Coscinocephalus Prell 1936, with description of the larva, pupa, and adult of a new species from Mexico (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea: Dynastinae). Journal of the New York Entomological Society 104: 48–61.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1998. An unusual new unicorn species of Copris from Nicaragua (Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae, Coprini. The Coleopterists Bulletin 52: 93–96.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1998. Insects, pp. 143–154. In: Bleed, A. S. and C. A. Flowerday (eds.), An Atlas of the Sand Hills. Resource Atlas 5b, Conservation and Survey Division, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 260 pp.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and M. A. Ivie. 1998. New species of Hemiphileurus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae) from the Dominican Republic with a key to the West Indian species of Hemiphileurus. The Coleopterists Bulletin 52: 201–208.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and A. B. T. Smith. 1999. New species of Canthonella Chapin (Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) from Amazonian Brazil. The Coleopterists Bulletin 53: 1–7.
  • Bedick, J. C., B. C. Ratcliffe, W. W. Hoback, and L. G. Higley. 1999. Distribution, ecology, and population dynamics of the American burying beetle [Nicrophorus americanus Olivier (Coleoptera, Silphidae)] in south-central Nebraska, USA. Journal of Insect Conservation 3: 171–181.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1999. U. S. scarab collection moves to Nebraska. ASC Newsletter 27: 1 and 6.
  • Coca-Abia, M., P. Dominguez-Alonso, and B. C. Ratcliffe. 1999. Evidencias de actividad biológica producidas por artropodos terrestres a lo largo del tiempo geológico, pp. 213–221. In: Melic, A., J. J. de Haro, M. Mendez, and I. Ribera (Eds.), Evolución y Filogenia de Arthropoda. Boletin de la Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa (Monographic Volume) 26: 1–806.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2000. Dynastine scarab beetles of Monteverde, pp. 111–113. In: Nadkarni, N. and N. Wheelwright (eds.), Monteverde. Ecology and Conservation of aTropical Cloud Forest. Oxford University Press, New York, NY. 573 pp.
  • Mico, E., W. E. Hall, and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2001. Descriptions of the larvae of Hoplopyga singularis (Gory and Percheron) and Hologymnetis cinerea (Gory and Percheron) with a revised key to the larvae of New World Gymnetini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 55: 205–217.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and E. Mico. 2001. A review of the Neotropical genus Neocorvicoana Ratcliffe and Micó, new genus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Gymnetini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 55: 279–296.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and F. Ocampo. 2001. Tyrannasorus rex Ratcliffe and Ocampo, a new genus and species of Miocene hybosorid in amber from the Dominican Republic (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea: Hybosoridae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 55: 351–355.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2001. New species of Hemiphileurus Kolbe (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae) from Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, and Brazil. The Coleopterists Bulletin 55: 433–443.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C.B. C. and J. Christen. 2002. Lucanus elaphus Fabr. (Coleoptera: Lucanidae) discovered in Nebraska, with brief notes on its biology and identification. Entomological News 113: 68–70.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and R. D. Cave. 2002. New species of Cyclocephala from Honduras and El Salvador (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Cyclocephalini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 56: 152–157.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2002. A checklist of the Scarabaeoidea (Coleoptera) of Panama. Zootaxa 32: 1–48.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C.and F. Ocampo. 2002. A review of the genus Hylamorpha Arrow (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anoplognathini: Brachysternina). The Coleopterists Bulletin 56: 367–378.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2002. Review of the genus Palaeophileurus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Phileurini) with description of two new species from Peru. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 95: 335–339.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and P. C. Hammond. 2002. Insects and the native vegetation of Nebraska. Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences 28: 29–47.
  • Jameson, M. L., B. C. Ratcliffe, and V. Maly. 2002. Review of the genus Acrobolbia Ohaus with remarks on its classification and key to the world genera of Cyclocephalini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Folia Heyrovskyana 10: 1–15.
  • Jameson, M. L. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2002. Series Scarabaeiformia Crowson 1960, Superfamily Scarabaeoidea Latreille 1802, pp. 1–5. In: Arnett, R. H., M. Thomas, P. E. Skelley, and J. H. Frank (eds.), American Beetles, Volume 2. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 861 pp.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2002. Chapter 23. Lucanidae Latreille 1804, pp. 6–9. In: Arnett, R. H., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley, and J. H. Frank (eds.), American Beetles, Volume 2. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 861 pp.
  • Jameson, M. L. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2002. Chapter 24. Diphyllosomatidae Holloway 1972, pp. 10–11. In: Arnett, R. H., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley, and J. H. Frank (eds.), American Beetles, Volume 2. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 861 pp.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C., M. L. Jameson, and A. B. T. Smith. 2002. Chapter 34. Scarabaeidae Latreille1802, pp. 39–81 (in part). In: Arnett, R. H., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley, and J. H. Frank (eds.), American Beetles, Volume 2. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 861 pp.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2002. Chapter 34-V. Dynastinae MacLeay 1819, pp. 64–67. In: Arnett, R. H., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley, and J. H. Frank (eds.), American Beetles, Volume 2. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 861 pp.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2002. Chapter 34-VI. Cetoniinae Leach 1815, pp. 67–71. In: Arnett, R. H., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley, and J. H. Frank (eds.), American Beetles, Volume 2. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 861 pp.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2003. New species of Hemiphileurus Kolbe from Honduras and Guatemala (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Phileurini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 57: 334–338.
  • Mudge, A. D., B. C. Ratcliffe, R. L. Westcott, and F. A. Noguera F.A. 2003. A new species of Neoscelis from Jalisco, Mexico (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae). Folia Heyrovskyana 11:143–154.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2004. Comment on the proposed precedence of Bolboceras Kirby, 1819 (July) (Insecta, Coleoptera) over Odonteus Samouelle, 1819 (June). Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 61: 43.
  • Bedick, J., B. C. Ratcliffe, and L. G. Higley. 2004. A new sampling protocol for the American burying beetle, Nicrophorus americanus Olivier (Coleoptera: Silphidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 58: 57–70.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and M. L. Jameson. 2004. The revised classification for Scarabaeoidea: what the hell is going on? Scarabs 15: 3–10.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2004. Lectotype designations in the New World Gymnetini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae). Zootaxa 729: 1–19.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and M. A. Morón. 2005. Larval descriptions of eight species of Megasoma Kirby (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae) with a key for identification and notes on biology. The Coleopterists Bulletin 59: 91–126. Outstanding Paper of the Year in the 2005 Coleopterists Bulletin.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2005. A review of the South American genus Hoplopygothrix Schürhoff (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Gymnetini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 59: 136–142.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and M. Hardy. 2005. Collagenus dasysternus, a new genus and species of Dynastinae from eastern Venezuela with a key to the New World genera of Pentodontini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 59: 143–150.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C., D. M. Smith, and D. Erwin. 2005. Oryctoantiquus borealis, new genus and species from the Eocene of Oregon, U.S.A., the world's oldest fossil dynastine and largest fossil scarabaeid (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 59: 127–135.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2005. VI Reunión Latinoamericana de Scarabaeoidologia. Scarabs 16: 16–24.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2006. VII Reunión Latinoamericana de Scarabaeoidología. Scarabs 19: 1–9.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2006. Heterogomphus effeminatus, an unusual new species of rhinoceros beetle from French Guiana (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Oryctini). Acta Zoologica Cracoviensia 49b: 9–12.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2006. Scarab beetles in human culture, pp. 85–101. In: Jameson, M. L. and B. C. Ratcliffe (editors), Scarabaeoidea in the 21st Century: a Festschrift Honoring Henry F. Howden. The Coleopterists Society Monograph 5: 1–216.
  • Neita, J. C., J. Orozco, and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2006. Escarabajos (Scarabaeidae: Pleurosticti) de la selva baja del bosque pluvial tropical “BP-T”, Chocó, Colombia. Acta Zoologica Mexicana 22: 1–32.
  • Utz, R. M., B. C. Ratcliffe, B. T. Moore, and K. J. Hartman. 2007. Disproportionate relative importance of a terrestrial beetle family (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) as a prey source for central Appalachian brook trout. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 136: 177–184.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2007. A remarkable new species of Megaceras from Peru (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). The “Dim Effect”: nature mimicking art. The Coleopterists Bulletin 61: 463–467.
  • Neita Moreno, J. C., B. C. Ratcliffe, and G. Calberto. 2007. Immature stages of Aspidolea singularis (Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Cyclocephalini). Revista Colombiana de Entomología 33: 178–182.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and A. B. T. Smith. 2007. Bothynus Hope, 1837 (Insecta, Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae): proposed conservation of usage by designation of Scarabaeus ascanius Kirby, 1819 as the type species. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 64:29–31.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and R. D. Cave. 2008. A biotic survey and inventory of the dynastine scarab beetles of Central America, North America, and the Caribbean regions: review of a long term, multi-country project. Zoosystema 30: 651–663.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and R. D. Cave. 2008. The Dynastinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of the Bahamas with a description of a new species of Cyclocephala from Great Inagua Island. Insecta Mundi 0024: 1–10. 
  • Gasca, H. J., C. R. Vasconcelos da Fonseca, and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2008. Synopsis of the Oryctini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae) from the Brazilian Amazon. Insecta Mundi 0061: 1–62.
  • Genoways, H. H. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2008. Engineer Cantonment, Missouri Territory, 1819–1820: America’s First Biodiversity Inventory. Great Plains Research 18: 3–31. Charles E. Bessey Award (Center for Great Plains Studies) for best natural science article published in Great Plains Research.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2008. More new species of Cyclocephala from South America (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 62: 221–241.
  • Cave, R. D. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2008. Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea), pp. 3273–3286. In: J. Capinera (Editor), Encyclopedia of Entomology, 2nd Edition, Volume 4. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands. 4346 pp.
  • Santiago-Blay, J. A., B. C. Ratcliffe, F.-T. Krell, and R. Anderson. 2008. Allotypes should be from the type series: a position paper for reinstating Recommendation 72A from the third edition of the Code that defines the term “allotype”. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 65: 260–264.
  • Jacobs, J., I. Noble, S. Palminteri, and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2009 (2008). First come, first serve: “sit and wait” behavior in dung beetles at the source of primate dung. Neotropical Entomology 37: 641–645.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2009. A most unusual scarab. Unusual (en / yoo / zh / ooel): unlike what is expected, differing in some way from the norm. Weird. Scarabs 40: 11–14.
  • Jameson, M. L. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2009. Revision of the genus Chalcasthenes Arrow (Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Oryctoderini) from the Solomon Islands. Journal of the Australian Entomological Society 48: 149–163.
  • Cave, R. D. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2009. Sondeo biótico e inventario de los escarabajos dynástinos de Mesoamerica, Norteamerica y las Antillas: un proyecto multinacional a largo plazo. Cuadernos de Biodiversidad No. 29: 5–13.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2009. Xyloryctes (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Oryctini) in the United States. Qui es et ubi fuisti et quo vadis? Insecta Mundi 0100:1–11.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and R. D. Cave. 2009. New species of Cyclocephala Dejean, 1821 from Guatemala (Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Cyclocephalini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 63: 325–332.
  • Neita, J. C. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2009. Description of the adult female, larva, pupa, and distribution of Strategus fascinus Burmeister (Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Oryctini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 63: 367–379.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and J. Orozco. 2009. A review of the biology of Pericoptus truncatus (Fabr.) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Pentodontini) from New Zealand and a revised description of the third instar larva. The Coleopterists Bulletin 63: 445–451.
  • Jameson, M. L., D. E. Oishi, B. C. Ratcliffe, and G. T. McQuate.. 2009. Two additional invasive scarabaeoid beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae) in Hawaii. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 41: 25–30.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2010. A review of the Blaesiina (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Cetoniinae, Gymnetini). Zookeys 34: 105–128.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and J.-P. Saltin. 2010. Melanistic Mitracephala humboldti Thomson (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). A tale from the dark side. Scarabs 51: 1–9.
  • Céspedes, A. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2010. Golofa clavigera (Linnaeus, 1771) in Bolivia: a new country record (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Ecología en Bolivia (Revista del Instituto de Ecología, Carrera de Biología, Facultad de Ciencias Puras y Naturales, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia) 45: 73–76.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2010. A new Bolivian Bothynus Hope, 1837, with a key to the Bolivian species (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Pentodontini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 64: 105–108.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and R. D. Cave. 2010. New species of Orizabus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Pentodontini) from Mexico and Guatemala with a revised key and checklist of the species in the genus. Insecta Mundi 0127: 1–16.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and A. Zubair. 2010. Additions to the distribution of Scarabaeidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) in northern Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Zoology 42: 827–830.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and R. D. Cave. 2010. The Dynastinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of the Cayman Islands (West Indies), with a description of Tomarus adoceteus, new species (Pentodontini) and Caymania nitidissima, new genus and species (Phileurini) from Little Cayman. Insecta Mundi 0139: 1–15.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and J.-P. Saltin. 2010. Homophileurus neptunus Dechambre, a new junior synonym of H. waldenfelsi Endrödi (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Phileurini). Insecta Mundi 0146: 1–5.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2010. Gorditus rotundus, a new genus and species of Pentodontini from Cuba (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Zootaxa 2683: 56–60.
  • Neita, J. C. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2010. A new species of Hemiphileurus Kolbe from Colombia, with description of its larva and pupa (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Phileurini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 64: 347–355.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and R. D. Cave. 2011. A revision of the genera Endroedianibe Chalumeau and Hispanioryctes Howden and Endrödi from Hispaniola with descriptions of new species (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 65: 1–14.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2011. Hoplopygothrix Schürhoff revisited: a new species and country record for Bolivia (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Gymnetini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 65: 63–66.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2011. A review of the species of Phileurus with quadridentate protibiae and description of a new species from Panama (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Phileurini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 65: 125–129.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and W. B. Warner. 2011. A revision of the genus Gymnetina Casey, 1915 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Gymnetini). Insecta Mundi 0173: 1–28.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and D. Curoe. 2011. A new species of Hemiphileurus Kolbe from Panama with a revised key to the Panamanian species (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Phileurini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 65: 139–143.
  • Neita, J. C. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2011. Immature stages of Homophileurus tricuspis Prell (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Phileurini) with notes on natural history and distribution in Colombia. Zootaxa 2915: 20–28.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and R. L. Hoffman. 2011. Cyclocephala nigricollis Burmeister. What is it? And where is it? (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Cyclocephalini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 65: 135–138.
  • Gasca, H. J. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2011. An annotated checklist of the oryctine rhinoceros beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Oryctini) of the Neotropical and Nearctic realms. Zootaxa 3090: 21–40.
  • Ratcliffe. B. C. and P. Skelley. 2011. Description of the larva of Homophileurus integer (Burmeister, 1847) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Phileurini), with a key to Homophileurus larvae and notes on biology. The Coleopterists Bulletin 65: 297–304.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2011. The scarab collections at the Hungarian and Austrian museums of natural history. Scarabs 63: 1–8.
  • Saltin, J.-P. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2012. A review of the distribution of Harposcelis paradoxus Burmeister, 1847 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Cyclocephalini) with a new country record for Peru. Dugesiana 18: 147–151 and 19: 10 (correction).
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2012. First reported occurrence and description of a new species of Hoplopyga (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Gymnetini) from the West Indies. The Coleopterists Bulletin 66:111–115.
  • Jacobs, J. M., R. von May, and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2012. Observations on the life history of Enema pan (Fabricius) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae) and its association with bamboo plants (Guadua Kunth: Poaceae: Bambusoideae) in southwestern Amazonia. The Coleopterists Bulletin 66: 253–260.
  • Neita, J. C. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2012. A new species Palaeophileurus Kolbe (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Phileurini) from Peru. The Coleopterists Bulletin 66: 261–265.
  • Dupuis, F., J. C. Neita and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2012. Synonymic note on the genus Palaeophileurus Kolbe, 1910 (Coleoptera, Dynastidae). Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France 117: 460.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2012. Comments on Scarabaeus Linnaeus, 1758, Dynastes MacLeay, 1819, SCARABAEINAE Latreille, 1802, and DYNASTINAE MacLeay, 1819 (Insecta, Coleoptera, SCARABAEOIDEA): proposed conservation of usage (Case 3590) 2. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 69: 293–294.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and J.-P. Saltin. 2013. A remarkable Golofa Hope, 1837 from Peru (Coleoptera: Dynastinae: Dynastini). Scarabs 72: 1–5.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and A. Solís. 2013. The southernmost Orizabus Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Pentodontini): description of a new species from Costa Rica. The Coleopterists Bulletin 67: 1–6.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2013. Best writing and curatorial practices for describing a new species of beetle: a primer. The Coleopterists Bulletin 67: 107–113.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2013. A revision of the Neotropical genus Amithao (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Gymnetini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 67: 265–292.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and R. D. Cave. 2013. A biotic survey and inventory of the dynastine scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of the West Indies. Scarabs 74: 8–17.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2013. A revision of the Neotropical genus Desicasta (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Gymnetini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 67: 447–456.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2013. The dung and carrion feeding scarabs (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea) of an Amazonian blackwater rainforest: results of a continuous, 56 week baited pitfall study. The Coleopterists Bulletin 67: 481–520.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and R. D. Cave. 2014. Los escarabajos rinocerontes gigantes de El Salvador (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Bioma 16: 7–27.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and A. E. Giraldo Mendoza. 2014. Piscoperus paracanicola Ratcliffe and Giraldo, a new genus and new species of Pentodontini from Peru, with a revised key to the New World genera of Pentodontini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 68: 103–110.
  • Segarra, A. E, A. Morales-Pérez, R. A. Franqui, and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2014. First report of a South American beetle, Gymnetis strigosa (Olivier, 1789) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae) in Puerto Rico. The Coleopterists Bulletin 68: 217–218.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2014. A review of the Neotropical Genera Badelina Thomson, 1880, Balsameda Thomson, 1880, Guatemalica Neervoort van de Poll, 1886, and Heterocotinis Martínez, 1948, (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Gymnetini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 68: 241–262.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2014. Reversal of precedence for Scarabaeus monoceros Nicolson, 1776 in favor of Scarabaeus oblongus Palisot de Beauvois, 1807 to stabilize the nomenclature of Strategus oblongus (Palisot de Beauvois) from Hispaniola (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Insecta Mundi 0370: 1–3.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2014. The Scarab Collections at the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle in Geneva, Switzerland. Scarabs 75: 12–15.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2014. A Review of the Neotropical genera Astroscara Schürhoff, 1937, Chiriquibia Bates, 1889, Hadrosticta Kraatz, 1892, Jansonia Schürhoff, 1937, Macrocranius Schürhoff, 1935, and Tiarocera Burmeister, 1842 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Gymnetini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 68: 363–376.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and R. D. Cave. 2014. Un inventaire de la biodiversité des Dynastinae (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) des Antilles: présentation du project. ACOREP-France, Coléoptères de Petites Antilles 2: 3–9.
  • Gasca-Álvarez, H. J., B. C. Ratcliffe, and C. Deloya. 2014. Redescription and occurrence in Suriname and Colombia of Cyclocephala guianae Endrödi (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Cyclocephalini). Dugesiana 21: 99–101.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2014. A new genus and species of Dynastinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) from the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador, other new species of Cyclocephalini, Pentodontini, and Phileurini from South America, and a revised key to the genera of New World Pentodontini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 68: 663–680.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2015. A Revision of the Neotropical genus Allorrhina Burmeister, 1842 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Gymnetini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 69: 91–113.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2015. A Review of the Neotropical Genus Marmarina Kirby, 1827 with Description of a New Species from Argentina (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Gymnetini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 69: 183–201.
  • Zubair, A. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2015. New records of scarabaeoids (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae and Lucanidae) from northern Pakistan. Entomological News 125: 43–46.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2015. Fill in the missing species in your collection with . . . What? Tiny pictures? Scarabs 79: 8–9.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2015. A revised catalog of Stenocrates species with description of three new species from Peru and Brazil and Stenocrates inpai Ratcliffe, 1978 placed in junior synonymy with Stenocrates popei Endrödi, 1971 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Cyclocephalini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 69: 773–779.
  • Shaughney, J. M. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2015. A monographic revision of the Neotropical genus Hoplopyga Thomson (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae; Cetoniinae: Gymnetini). The Coleopterists Bulletin 69: 579–638.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C., M. L. Jameson, L. Figueroa, R. D. Cave, M. L. Gimmel, M. J. Paulsen, Enio B. Cano, C. Beza-Beza, L. Jimenez-Ferbans, and P. Reyes-Castillo. 2015. Beetles (Coleoptera) of Peru. A survey of the families. Scarabaeoida. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 88: 186–207.
  • Figueroa, L. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2015. A new species of Ancognatha Erichson from Peru (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Cyclocephalini) with distributions of Peruvian Ancognatha species. The Coleopterists Bulletin.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2016. The scarab collections at the University of Oslo, Norway (ZMUN) and the Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, Belgium (IRSNB). Scarabs 80: 6–11.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2016. Trox paulseni (Coleoptera: Trogidae), a new species from Nebraska and Kansas, USA. Insecta Mundi 0482: 1–6.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2016. Lawrence W. Saylor, Coleopterist Extraordinaire. The Coleopterists Bulletin 70: 279–287.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C., H. J. Gasca-Alvarez, and C. Deloya 2016. Description of the female of Hologymnetis reyesi (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Gymnetini) with new state records for Mexico and a bilingual key to the species of Hologymnetis. IN PRESS.

Books and Monographs
  • Ratcliffe, Brett C. 1991. The Scarab Beetles of Nebraska. Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 12: 1-333.
  • Ratcliffe, Brett C. 1996. The Carrion Beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae) of Nebraska. Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 13: 1-100.
  • Morón, Miguel A., Brett C. Ratcliffe, and Cuauhtemoc Deloya. 1997. Atlas de los Escarabajos de Mexico (Coleoptera: Lamellicornia). Vol. 1. Familia Melolonthidae. CONABIO and Sociedad Mexicana de Entomologia, Mexico. 280 pp.
  • Ratcliffe, Brett C. 2003. The Dynastine Scarab Beetles of Costa Rica and Panama. Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 16: 1-506.
  • Ratcliffe, Brett C. and Ronald D. Cave. 2006. The Dynastine Scarab Beetles of Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 21: 1-424.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and M. J. Paulsen. 2008. The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea). Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 22: 1-570.
  • Jameson, M. L. and B. C. Ratcliffe. 2011. Revision of the Neotropical scarab beetle tribe Anatistini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae). Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 26: 1-100.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C., R. D. Cave, and E. Cano. 2013. The dynastine scarab beetles of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 27: 1-666.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and R. D. Cave. 2015. The dynastine scarab beetles of the West Indies (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 28:1–346.

Edited Volumes
  • Morón, M. A., B. C. Ratcliffe, and Cuauhtemoc Deloya (editors). 1997. Atlas de los Escarabajos de Mexico (Coleoptera: Lamellicornia). Vol. 1. Familia Melolonthidae. CONABIO and Sociedad Mexicana de Entomologia, Mexico. 280 pp.
  • Jameson, M. L. and B. C. Ratcliffe (editors). 2006. Scarabaeoidea in the 21st Century: a Festschrift Honoring Henry F. Howden. Coleopterists Society Monograph 5: 1-216 pp.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. and F.-T. Krell (editors). 2010. Current Advances in Scarabaeoidea Research. ZooKeys 34: 1-207.

Book Reviews
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1983. Book Review. The Nesting Behavior of Dung Beetles (Scarabaeinae). An Ecological and Evolutive Approach. By Gonzalo Halffter and W.D. Edmonds. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 91: 512-515.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1985. Book Review. Escarabajos. 200 Millones de Años de Evolucion. By Miguel Morón. Scarabaeus No. 11: 4.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1985. Book Review. Escarabajos. 200 Millones de Años de Evolucion. By Miguel Morón. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 93: 1277-1278.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1987. Book Review. The Dynastinae of the World. By S. Endrödi. Bulletin of the Entomological Society of America 33: 196-197.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1990. Book Review. The Scarab Beetles of Florida (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Part II. The May or June Beetles (genus Phyllophaga). By R. Woodruff and B. Beck. Florida Entomologist 73: 523-524.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1991. Book Review. The Beetles of the World, vol. 10. Rutelini premier partie by M.A. Morón. Coleopterists Bulletin 45: 14.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1993. Book Review. Dung Beetle Ecology. By I. Hanski and Y. Cambefort. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 86: 218-219.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1997. Book Review. An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles by A. Evans and C. Bellamy. Coleopterists Bulletin 51: 291-292.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1999. Book Review. The Cetoniine Beetles of the World by K. Sakai and S. Nagai. Coleopterists Bulletin 53: 145.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 1999. Book Review. Manu: The Biodiversity of Southeastern Peru by D. Wilson and A. Sandoval (eds.). American Entomologist 45: 122-123.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2000. Book Review. Carabid family values, a review of Bomby, the Bombardier Beetle by H. M. Rue. Annals of Improbable Research 6: 9. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/entomologypapers/42
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2001. Book Review. Fauna Iberica, Volume 14: Coleoptera, Scarabaeoidea I by F. Martin Piera and J. L. Lopez-Colón. Coleopterists Bulletin 55: 124.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2001. New Journal Review. Cetoniimania, a publication devoted to Cetoniinae, Valginae, and Trichiinae published by R. Alexis and M. Delpont. Coleopterists Bulletin 55: 123-124. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/entomologypapers/43
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2001. Book Review. Bomby, the Bombardier Beetle by H. M. Rue. Coleopterists Bulletin 55: 241-242. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/entomologypapers/42/
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2002. Book Review. Fauna of New Zealand No. 42. Aphodiinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) by Z. T. Stebnicka. Proceedings of the Washington Entomological Society 104: 823-824.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2006. Book Review. Atlas of Japanese Scarabaeoidea. Volume 1. Coprophagous Group by S. Kawai, S. Hori, M. Kawahara, and M. Inagaki (authors and editors). Coleopterists Bulletin 60: 70-71. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/entomologypapers/47
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2007. Book Review. 2007. Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera, Volume 3. Scarabaeoidea, Scirtoidea, Dascilloidea, Buprestoidea, Byrrhoidea by I. Löbl and A. Smetana (editors). Coleopterists Bulletin 61: 427-428.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. Book Review. 2008. Atlas of Japanese Scarabaeoidea. Volume 2. Phytophagous Group 1 by K. Sakai and M. Fujioka. Coleopterists Bulletin 62: 63-64.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2011. Book Review. Atlas of Japanese Scarabaeoidea. Volume 3. Phytophagaous Group II by H. Kobayashi and T. Matsumoto. The Coleopterists Bulletin 65: 155-156.
  • Ratcliffe, B. C. 2014. Book Review. Catalogue et Atlas des Coléoptères Lucanoidea et Scarabaeoidea du Départment de la Loire by F. Dupuis and R. Perrin. The Coleopterists Bulletin 68: 219-220.

Popular Articles
  • Ratcliffe, Brett C. 1970. Scarabs. Univ. Nebraska News 49(22): 1-4. (Museum Notes No. 42).
  • ______. 1977. Curating your beetle collection. TIEG Mag. 11(1): 14-17.
  • ______. 1980. Take a beetle to lunch today, or the natural history of dung beetles. Univ. Nebraska News 59(18): 1-4. (Museum Notes No. 66).
  • ______. 1983. Reprinted in The Explorer 25: 22-26.
  • ______. 1980. A matter of taste, or the natural history of carrion beetles. Univ. of Nebraska News 59(31): 1-4. (Museum Notes No. 67).
  • ______. 1984. Division of Entomology. Friends Univ. Nebraska St. Mus. 1(3): 3.
  • ______. 1987. Six-legged science. Friends Univ. Nebraska St. Mus. 4(1): 4-5.
  • ______. 1988. Scarab Beetles. Jeweled pollinators, dung feeders, and horned giants. NEBRASKAland Mag. 66: 30-37.
  • ______. 1988. Beetles. Friends Univ. Nebr. St. Museum 5(1): 9.
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Species Names Bestowed: Cyclocephala ratcliffei Endrödi, 1977 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).
Antiteuchus ratcliffei Engleman, 1983 (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae).
Lutzomyia ratcliffei Arias, Ready and Freitas, 1983 (Diptera: Psychodidae).
Polyphylla ratcliffei Young, 1986 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).
Viridimicus ratcliffei Jameson, 1990 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).
Plusiotis ratcliffei Morón, 1990 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).
Phyllophaga ratcliffeiana Morón, 1992 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).
Aegus impressicollis ratcliffe (sic) Nagai, 1994 (Coleoptera: Lucanidae).
Lojus brettlizorum Thomas, 1997 (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae).
Leucochrysa ratcliffei Penny, 2001 (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae).
Phalangogonia ratcliffei Smith, 2003 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).
Anacroneuria ratcliffei Stark and Kondratieff, 2003 (Plecoptera: Perlidae).
Macraspis ratcliffi (sic) Soula, 2005 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).
Serica ratcliffei Ahrens, 2005 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).
Chaetodus ratcliffei Ocampo, 2006 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).
Metaeuops ratcliffei Riedel, 2006 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae).
Ankyrotarsus ratcliffei Ruiz-Manzanos and Ocampo, 2007 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).
Orizabus ratcliffei Delgado, 2008 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).
Goniotropis ratcliffei Deuve, 2009 (Coleoptera: Carabidae).
Gonaphodioides ratcliffei Dellacasa, Dellacasa, and Gordon, 2012 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).
Ogyges ratcliffei Cano, 2014 (Coleoptera: Passalidae).
Phyllophaga bretti Smith and Paulsen, 2015 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).

 

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