What is the real name of the Italian Ascalaphid?

R.A. Pantaleoni, A. Letardi

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253 - 264
Number of pages12
JournalActa Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


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  • Animal Science and Zoology

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Pantaleoni, R. A., & Letardi, A. (2002). What is the real name of the Italian Ascalaphid? Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, 48(SUPPL. 2), 253 - 264.