Melolontha


Melolontha
Melolontha
A cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha)
at take-off
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Scarabaeidae
Subfamily: Melolonthinae
Genus: Melolontha
Fabricius, 1775
Species

Many, see text

Melolontha is a genus of beetles in the family Scarabaeidae. The European cockchafers belong to this genus.

Taxonomy

Linnaeus called the European cockchafer Scarabaeus melolontha. Étienne Louis Geoffroy used Melolontha as a genus name (1762), but his book has been suppressed by the International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature, and the authority for the name is the later (1775) publication by Johan Christian Fabricius.[1]

Species

M. hippocastani

The following is a list of species within the genus Melolontha:[citation needed]

  • Melolontha aceris Faldermann, 1835
  • Melolontha afflicta Ballion, 1870
  • Melolontha albida Frivaldszky, 1835
  • Melolontha anita Reitter, 1902
  • Melolontha argus Burmeister 1855
  • Melolontha bifurcata (Brenske, 1896)
  • Melolontha chinensis (Guerin, 1838)
  • Melolontha ciliciensis Petrovitz
  • Melolontha flabellata Sharp, 1876
  • Melolontha frater Arrow, 1913 – Indonesia
  • Melolontha fuscotestacea Kraatz, 1887
  • Melolontha guttigera Sharp, 1876
  • Melolontha hippocastani Fabricius, 1801 – European forest cockchafer
  • Melolontha incana Motchulsky, 1853
  • Melolontha insulana Burmeister, 1939
  • Melolontha japonica Burmeister, 1855
  • Melolontha kraatzi Reitter 1906
  • Melolontha melolontha (Linnaeus, 1758) – common European cockchafer
  • Melolontha papposa Illiger, 1803
  • Melolontha pectoralis Megerle von Mühlfeld, 1812 – European large cockchafer
  • Melolontha rubiginosa
  • Melolontha rufocrassa Fairmaire, 1889
  • Melolontha satsumaenis Nijma & Kinoshita
  • Melolontha virescens (Brenske, 1896)

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