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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Polyphaga
Infraordo: Cucujiformia
Cladus: Phytophaga
Superfamilia: Chrysomeloidea

Familia: Chrysomelidae
Subfamilia: Donaciinae
Genus: Macroplea
Species (7): M. appendiculata – M. huaxiensis – M. japana – M. mutica – M. pubipennis – M. ranina – M. skomorokhovi

Macroplea Samouelle, 1819: 211

Type species: Donacia zosterae Fabricius, 1801 [= Rhagium muticum Fabricius, 1792], by subsequent designation by Curtis, 1830: 318.

Apelma Billberg, 1820: 53 [syn.: Barber & Bridwell, 1940: 6]
Type species: Donacia zosterae Fabricius, 1801 [= Rhagium muticum Fabricius, 1792], by subsequent designation by Barber & Bridwell, 1940: 6.
Haemonia Dejean, 1821: 114 [syn.: Barber & Bridwell, 1940: 6]
Type species: Donacia zosterae Fabricius, 1801 [= Rhagium muticum Fabricius, 1792], by subsequent designation by Barber & Bridwell, 1940: 6.
Calamobia Gistel, 1856: 378 [syn.: Bezděk, 2020: 175]
Type species: Donacia equiseti Fabricius, 1798 [= Donacia appendiculata Panzer, 1794], by monotypy.

Primary references

Barber, H.S. & Bridwell, J.C. 1940. Dejean catalogue names (Coleoptera). Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society (new series) 35: 1–12. BHL. Reference page.
Bezděk, J. 2020. Review of the genus-level names proposed by Johannes Gistel in Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 60(1): 173–188. DOI: 10.37520/aemnp.2020.011 Open access. Reference page.
Billberg, G.J. 1820. Enumeratio insectorum in museo Gust. Joh. Billberg. Stockholm, 138 pp. BHL Reference page.
Curtis, J. 1823-1840. British Entomology, being illustrations and descriptions of the genera of insects found in Great Britain and Ireland; containing coloured figures from nature of the most rare and beautiful species, and in many instances of the plant upon which they are found. Vol. II. Coleoptera, Part II. - printed for the author (London) BHL Reference page.
Dejean, P.F.M.A. 1821. Catalogue de la collection de coléoptères de M. le Baron Dejean. Crevot, Paris. viii + 138 + [2] pp. BHL Reference page.
Gistel, J.N.F.X. 1856. Die Mysterien der europäischen Insectenwelt. Ein geheimer Schlüssel für Sammler aller Insecten-Ordnungen und Stände, behufs des Fangs, des Aufenhalts-Orts, der Wohnung, Tag- und Jahreszeit u.s.w., oder autoptische Darstellung des Insectenstaats in seinem Zusammenhange zum Bestehen des Naturhaushaltes überhaupt und insbesondere in seinem Einflusse auf die phanerogamische und cryptogamische Pflanzenberöltzerrung Europa’s. Zum ersten Male nach 25 jährigen eigenen Erfahrungen zusammengestellt und herausgegeben. Kempten: T. Dannheimer, xii + 530 + [2] pp. DOI: 10.5962/bhl.title.65996. Reference page.
Samouelle, G. 1819. The entomologists' useful compendium; or an introduction to the knowledge of British Insects, comprising the best means of obtaining and preserving them, and a description of the apparatus generally used; together with the genera of Linné, and modern methods of arranging the Classes Crustacea, Myriapoda, spiders, mites and insects, from their affinities and structure, according to the views of Dr. Leach. Also an explanation of the terms used in entomology; a calendar of the times of appearance and usual situations of near 3,000 species of British Insects; with instructions for collecting and fitting up objects for the microscope. Thomas Boys, London, 496 pp., 12 pls. BHL. Reference page.

Additional references

Lou, Q.-Z., Yu, P.-Y. & Liang, H.-B. 2011. Two new species of Macroplea Samouelle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Donaciinae) from China, with a key to all known species. Zootaxa 3003: 1–21. Preview. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3003.1.1 Paywall. Reference page.
Medvedev, L.N. 2006. [Contributions to the knowledge of the leaf beetles (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) of Russia]. Entomologicheskoe Obozrenie 85(2): 385–388. (in Russian) [English transl. in: Entomological Review 86: 457–459. DOI: 10.1134/S0013873806040105 Paywall.] [not seen]
Silfverberg, H. 2010. Subfamily Donaciinae Kirby, 1837. Pp. 354–359. In: Löbl, I. & Smetana, A. (eds.) Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera. Volume 6. Chrysomeloidea. Apollo Books, Stenstrup, Denmark. 924 pp. ISBN 978-87-88757-84-2. Google Books.


Nomenclator Zoologicus

Macroplea is a genus of beetle of the subfamily Donaciinae in the family of leaf beetles.[1]

The body color is not metallic. Their paws are longer than their crus, claw segment very long, one and a half to two times higher than the rest of the body. Outer apical angle of elytron extended into a spike.

Certain types:

Macroplea appendiculata (Panzer, 1794)
Macroplea japana (Jacoby, 1885)
Macroplea mutica (Fabricius, 1792)
Macroplea pubipennis (Reuter, 1875)
Macroplea skomorokhovi (Medvedev, 2006)


Gregor Kölsch; Olof Biström; Bo Vest Pedersen. "Species delimitation in the leaf beetle genus Macroplea (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) based on mitochondrial DNA, and phylogeographic considerations". Insect Systematics & Evolution. 37 (4): 467–479. doi:10.1163/187631206788831443.

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