An endemic species of Ascalaphidae living exclusively in the Italian peninsula has been named for over a century Libelloides italicus Fabricius (1781). This is the case of a long-term, established, nomenclatorial situation which has apparently caused no problems. Unfortunately, Fabricius' type does not correspond to the Italian ascalaphid. Thus an old dispute has been re-opened and so the chronology concerning it are discussed. In conclusion, Ascalaphus italicus Fabricius, 1781 is a junior synonym of Libelloides coccajus ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) (syn. n.) and a senior synonym of Ascalaphus meridionalis de Charpentier, 1825. There are two possible names for the Italian ascalaphid: Libelloides latinus (Lefebvre, 1842) (comb. n.), that is its valid name, and Ascalaphus petagnae Costa, 1855 which is its junior synonym.
|Pages (from-to)||253 - 264|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae|
|Issue number||SUPPL. 2|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Animal Science and Zoology