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Published: 2017-03-01

On the identity of Sternosternus grouvellei Guillebeau, 1894 (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae, Phalacridae)

Department of Entomology, National Museum in Prague, Cirkusová 1740, CZ-191 00 Praha 9 - Horní Počernice, Czech Republic. Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Viničná 7, CZ-124 43 Praha 2, Czech Republic
Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2998, USA.
Coleoptera Hydrophilidae Phalacridae


The genus Sternosternus Guillebeau, 1894 was described as an aberrant taxon of the family Phalacridae from Sumatra, based on the unique morphology of its meso- and metaventrite resembling those of Cetonia aurata Linnaeus, 1758 (Guillebeau 1894). It contained the single species, S. grouvellei Guillebeau, 1894, known from a single specimen. The identity of Sternosternus was long unclear, and nothing was published on the genus until Gimmel (2013) studied the type specimen and recognized it actually belonged to the family Hydrophilidae, likely being a member of the genus Dactylosternum Wollaston, 1854.



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How to Cite

FIKÁČEK, M., & GIMMEL, M. L. (2017). On the identity of <em>Sternosternus</em> <em>grouvellei</em> Guillebeau, 1894 (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae, Phalacridae). Zootaxa, 4237(3), 578–582.