Catalogue of species-group names assigned to Copris Geoffroy, Coptodactyla Burmeister, Litocopris Waterhouse, Microcopris Balthasar, Paracopris Balthasar, Pseudocopris Ferreira, Pseudopedaria Felsche, Sinocopris Ochi, Kon and Bai, and Thyregis Blackburn (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae: Coprini)
Date of this Version
Insecta Mundi 0756: 1–24 (2020)
Presented are species-group names published in the nine coprine genera (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae: Coprini) having only one lateral carina on each elytron. The data include authorships, dates and pages of original descriptions, geographic distributions, and references to works pertinent to the topic.
The following catalogue is a compilation intended to serve for orientation in the vast number of species names, their original generic / subgeneric assignments and pertinent references. A word of caution is in order concerning the dates of Ferreira’s papers in the Instituto de Investigação Científica de Moçambique periodicals, especially the Revista de Entomologia de Moçambique, which were often released a year or more after the date indicated on the title page and at the bottom of each following page of the monograph. This is also evidenced by the authoress referring to species described by her as new in another Revista paper released only a year later. Unfortunately, the real date of publication is apparent only from a hardly noticeable small-print statement in the center of otherwise empty outside back cover, which is not included in pdf versions of papers available in on-line bibliographies, and I have not been able to find these discrepancies corrected anywhere in on-line library records. The genera and species are listed alphabetically and, for convenience, names of species belonging to all other included genera are left in the first and longest Copris list, where they are annotated by the generic name in boldface (e.g. “see Litocopris”). As in any work of this nature, omissions can be expected and reporting them would be appreciated. The cut-off date of the literature search is December 2019.