The genus Ochodaeus in Italy: taxonomy and distribution(Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea: Ochodaeidae)

  • Stefano Ziani
Keywords: Review, nomenclature, synonymy, faunistic, designation, neotype, lectotype


The author provides a taxonomic, nomenclatural and distributional review of the genus Ochodaeus Dejean, 1821 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea: Ochodaeidae) in Italy. All Italian populations have been confirmed to belong to a single species, O. chrysomeloides (Schrank, 1781). After the study of a syntype, O. cychramoides Reitter, 1892, formerly considered an Italian endemic, is confirmed to be a junior synonym of O.chrysom­eloides. Type material of O. chrysomeloides is believed to be destroyed, therefore a neotype is here designated and deposited at the Natural History Museum of Vienna, Austria. A lectotype is here designated for O. cychramoides and deposited in the Hungarian Natural History Museum of Budapest, Hungary. The Italian distribution of O. chrysomeloides is given in detail and illustrated by a map.