Peer-reviewed Publications


23. Ferreira, V.S., and Tettamanzi, L. 2022. Falsoceratoprion fumagalliae new genus and species: The First Calopterini from Dominican Amber (Coleoptera, Lycidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin. 76(2): 288-292.

22. Ferreira, V.S., and Ivie, M.A. Lessons from a Museum’s Cabinet: DNA barcoding and Collections-based Life Stage Associations Reveals a Hidden Diversity in the Puerto Rican Bank Paedomorphic Lycidae (Coleoptera, Elateroidea). Insect Systematics and Diversity. 6(3), 2: 1–36.

21. Ferreira, V.S., Solodvnikov, A., Ivie, M.A. and Kundrata, R. 2022. Dominican Amber Net-Winged Beetles suggest stable Paleoenvironment as a driver for Conserved Morphology in a Paedomorphic lineage. Scientific Reports 12, 5820. 

20. Ferreira, V.S., Keller, O. and Ivie, M.A. 2022. Descriptions of New Species of Chespirito Ferreira, Keller & Branham (Coleoptera: Lampyridae: Chespiritoinae) and the First Record for the Subfamily in the United States. Zootaxa. 5124 (2): 230–237. 


19. Ferreira, V.S., Keller, O. and Branham, M.A. 2020. Multilocus Phylogeny Support the Non-Bioluminescent Firefly Chespirito as a New Subfamily in the Lampyridae (Coleoptera: Elateroidea). Insect Systematics and Diversity. 4(6): 1−3. 

18. Olmedo, F.M., Ferreira, V.S., Branham, M.A. and Ivie, M.A. 2020. The description of Prototrichalus new genus and three new species from Burmese Amber supports a mid-Cretaceous origin of the Metriorrhynchinae (Coleoptera, Lycidae). Cretaceous Research, 111, July 2020, 104452.

17. Ferreira, V.S. 2020. Revision of Acroleptus Bourgeois, 1886 and Descriptions of New Aporrhipis Species (Lycidae, Calopterini, Acroleptina). Journal of Natural History. 53:45-46, 2739-2756.

16. Ferreira, V.S. and Silveira, L.F.L. A New Paedomorphic Genus of Net-Winged Beetles from the Atlantic Rainforest (Coleoptera, Elateroidea, Lycidae). Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia. v.60.special-issue: e202060(s.i.).35. 


15. Ferreira, V.S., Keller, O., Branham, M.A. and Ivie, M.A. Molecular Data Support the Placement of the Enigmatic Cheguevaria Kazantsev as a subfamily of Lampyridae (Insecta: Coleoptera). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 


14. Ferreira, V.S. and Spiessberger, E.L. 2018. First record of Peripatus juanensis Bouvier, 1900 (Onychophora, Peripatidae) found in Cecropia (Rosales, Urticaceae) fallen trunks. Entomological News 128(1):75-77.

13. Ferreira, V.S. and Ivie. 2018. A Revision of Lycinella Gorham, 1884 with the Description of six New Species (Coleoptera, Lycidae, Calopterini). Zookeys 792: 69-89. 

12. Ferreira, V.S., and Ivie, M.A. 2018. A Review of the Nearctic Genus Lucaina Dugès, 1879 (Coleoptera: Lycidae: Lycinae: Calochromini), with Descriptions of Two New Species. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 72(3):393-406. 

11. Ferreira, V.S., Barclay, M.V.L. and Ivie, M.A. 2018. Redescription of Aporrhipis Pascoe, 1887 (Coleoptera: Lycidae) With a Discussion of its Tribal Placement. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 72(2):371-375.


10. Ferreira, V.S. & Costa, C. 2017. An Online Database of the Immatures of Coleoptera (Arthopoda, Insecta) Described from Brazil. Biodiversity Data Journal, 5: e12252.

9. Ferreira, V.S. & Ivie, M.A. 2017. The First Fossil Species of the Extant Genus Cessator Kazantsev (Coleoptera: Lycidae): A New Leptolycini from Dominican Amber. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 71(1):57-60.


8. Ferreira, V.S. & Ivie, M.A. 2016 Redescription of Cephalolycus Pic, 1926 (Coleoptera: Elateroidea: Lycidae) and a Discussion on Its Taxonomic Position. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 70(3): 663-666, 2016.

7. Ferreira, V.S. 2016. A revision of the genus Macrolygistopterus Pic, 1929 (Coleoptera, Lycidae). Zootaxa, 4105: 321-338.

6. Ferreira, V.S., Prado, L.P. & Serripieri, D. 2016. The Entomological Collection of Richard Von Diringshofen (1900 – 1986) and its incorporation to the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo. Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, 60: 117-122.

5. Ferreira, V.S. 2016. A new species of Falsocaenia Pic, 1922 from Amazonian Rainforest (Coleoptera: Lycidae) with an updated key to the species. Zootaxa, 4105: 497-499.


4. Ferreira, V. S. & Santos, G. I. M. 2015. Colydodes flavisetis sp. nov. (Coleoptera, Zopheridae, Colydiinae), new species from southeastern Brazil with an updated key to the species of the genus. Zootaxa, 3981: 437-443.

3. Ferreira, V. S. 2015. A new species of Acroleptus Bourgeois (Coleoptera: Lycidae) from the Brazilian Amazonian rainforest, with a note on its homonymy with Acroleptus Cabanis (Aves). Zootaxa, 3949: 297-300.

2. Ferreira, V.S. 2015. An annotated catalog of the type material of Elateroidea Leach, 1815 (Coleoptera) deposited in the Coleoptera collection of Museum of Zoology of the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Zootaxa, 3937: 267-310.

1. Ferreira, V.S. & Costa, C. 2015. A description of the Larva of Metapteron xanthomelas (Lucas, 1857) from the Restinga Forest of Southeastern Brazil (Coleoptera: Lycidae, Calopterini). Zootaxa, 3915: 295-300.

Articles Accepted

Ivie, M.A., Fanti, F., and Ferreira, V.S. A New Tytthonyx (Cantharidae) from Dominican Amber, with notes on diagnostic characters of West Indian Cantharids. Submitted at the Coleopterists Bulletin.

Articles Submitted

Ferreira, V.S. and Motyka, M. DNA and Morphology Corroborates the Placement of the Former New World Adoceta Bourgeois in Macrolygistopterus Pic and Updates on the Status of North American Calochrominae (Coleoptera, Lycidae). Submitted at the Coleopterists Bulletin. 9 pages, seven figures.

Ferreira, V.S., Barbosa, F.F., Bocakova, M., Solodovnikov, A. Discovery and placement of the first anelytrous adult male beetle: An extraordinary case of elytra loss in Coleoptera (Elateroidea: Lycidae). Submitted at Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 49 pages, four plates.

Ferreira, V.S. and M.A. Ivie. The First Extant Species of Falsoceratoprion Ferreira, with a Key for the West Indian Lycidae Genera (Coleoptera, Elateroidea). Submitted at the Coleopterists Bulletin. Eight pages, four plates.

On-line media

Ferreira, V.S. 2015. Neotropical Telegeusidae. Available at : <>.
Ferreira, V.S. and other authors. Taxonomic Catalog of the Brazilian Fauna – Coleoptera, following families: Artematopodidae, Byrrhidae, Cerophytidae, Kateretidae, Lampyridae, Lycidae, Throscidae, Elateridae. Available at <>

Media Coverage of Research Output

  1. Smithsonian loans extensive beetle collection to MSU” by MSU News, 17 November 2017 (link).
  2. “Explain Yourself: “I love invertebrates” with Vinicius” by Roving Naturalist, 15 March 2018 (link).
  3. “Rio museum fire destroys some MSU scientific specimens” by Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 9 September 2018 (link).
  4. Beetles with Michael Ivie and Vinicius Ferreira” by Home Ground Interview with Brian Kahn, Home Ground Radio, Montana, 11 February 2020 (link, link).
  5. Rodrigo Lima (Dead Fish) is honored in the name of a new species of beetle”[in Portuguese] by Tenho mais Discos que Amigos, R7 Entretenimento and Time 24 News, 13 March 2020 (link, link, link).
  6. New Beetle Species Receives the name of Rodrigo Lima, in honor to the Hardcore band Dead Fish” [in Portuguese], by NadaPop, 14 March 2020 (link).
  7. “MSU doctoral candidate discovers new firefly lineage hidden in scientific collections” by MSU News, KPVI, 13 November 2020 (link, link, link).
  8. “New firefly species named after esteemed UF entomologist Jim Lloyd” by University of Florida/IFAS Communications, 13 November 2020 (link).
  9. “Brazilian biologist honors Chaves with name of new species of firefly” [in Portuguese] by Tenho mais Discos que Amigos (link), 17 November 2020.
  10. “Brazilian researcher discovers new subfamily of fireflies” [in Portuguese] by Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, 29 December 2020 (link).
  11. Chespirito: actor, screenwriter and… a Firefly?”[in Spanish] by Chespirito website, 13 January 2021 (link).
  12. “MSU doctoral candidate awarded prestigious fellowship to study beetle evolution” by MSU News, 5 March 2021 (link).
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