Dr. Christian König

scientific trainee


2004 – 2010

  • University of Hohenheim,Major: Biology, main subject: Zoology, minor subjects: animal ecology, parasitology

Diploma thesis: Untersuchungen an Schnellkäfern der Gattung Idolus (Coleoptera: Elateridae) (Studies on the click beetle species Idolus)


Since 02/2010       

  • Dissertation at the University of Hohenheim, thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Johannes L.M. Steidle (University of Hohenheim): Die Evolution von Sexualpheromonen als Faktor der Artaufspaltung am Beispiel neu entdeckter Arten der Schnellkäfergattung Idolus (The evolution of sex pheromones as an indicator for the dispartment of beetle species on the example of the click beetle species Idolus)


01/2011 – 01/2013             

  • Scholarship of the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany


03/2013 - 02/2015                 

  • Scientific trainee at the Stuttgart State Museum of Natural History, Department of Entomology


since 09/2015                 

  • Acting curator at the Stuttgart State Museum of Natural History, Department of Entomology




Click beetles of the afrotropic ecozone

The Stuttgart State Museum of Natural History houses a large collection of click beetles from the afrotropic region. As there is almost no literature on the classification of click beetle species from this region, it is tried to classify the species with the existing literature. Some of the species are analyzed and looked at more into detailed and are then becoming a part of the museum’s collection.  


Classifications of new Idolus click beetle species

After previous studies on sex pheromones of the species Idolus, it was found out that there are five existing species within Europe. However, in the existing literature only the species I. adrastoides in the Caucasus region and I. picipennis in the rest of Europe are listed species so far. Beside the differences in sex pheromones, the classifications of new Idolus species should also be classified based on morphological attributes and through sequences of the mitochondrial gene Cytochromoxidase I.


Distribution of single click beetle species on the three European peninsulas

Through different glacial and cold interglacial periods the flora and fauna of Europe has repeatedly changed. During the cold periods the three European peninsulas were used as a “Glacial-Refugia” by the flora and fauna. Due to the geographical separation during the cold periods new species evolved. During the warm periods the species spread over central Europe again. On the basis of chosen click beetle species it is now to be analyzed if there is a morphological difference within the click beetle species on the 3 European peninsulas.