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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Coleopterida
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Polyphaga
Infraordo: Scarabaeiformia
Superfamilia: Scarabaeoidea

Familia: Scarabaeidae
Subfamilia: Cetoniinae
Tribus: Cetoniini
Subtribus: Leucocelina
Genus: Oxythyrea
Subgenera: Manodema – Stichothyrea

Species (17): O. abigail – O. albopicta – O. cinctella – O. cinctelloides – O. densata – O. dulcis – O. funesta – O. gronbechi – O. guttifera – O. noemi – O. pantherina – O. petit – O. picticollis – O. podicalis – O. pygidialis – O. subcalva – O. tripolitana

Oxythyrea (s. str.) species (13): O. abigail – O. albopicta – O. cinctella – O. cinctelloides – O. dulcis – O. funesta – O. gronbechi – O. noemi – O. pantherina – O. petit – O. podicalis – O. subcalva – O. tripolitana

Oxythyrea Mulsant, 1842: 572

Type species: Scarabaeus sticticus Linnaeus, 1767 (= Scarabaeus funestus Poda von Neuhaus, 1761).


Leucocelidia Olsoufieff, 1916: 169
Type species: Leucocelidia natalia Olsoufieff, 1916.

Primary references

Mulsant, E. 1842. Histoire naturelle des coléoptères de France. Lamellicornes. Paris: Maison Libraire, Lyon: Imprimerie de Dumoulin, Ronet et Sibuet, viii + 626 pp., 3 pls. Reference page. [original description: p. 572]
Vondráček, D., Hadjiconstantis, M. & Šípek, P. 2018. Immature stages of the genus Oxythyrea (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae) with a key to third instar larvae, and notes on the biology of the genus. Zootaxa 4486(4): 401–434. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4486.4.1 Paywall Reference page.

Additional references

Rittner, O.; Sabatinelli, G. 2010: The genus Oxythyrea Mulsant in Israel (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Cetoniini). Israel journal of entomology, 40: 11–19. PDF


Schoolmeesters, P. 2017. Scarabs: World Scarabaeidae Database (version Jul 2016). In: Roskov Y., Abucay L., Orrell T., Nicolson D., Bailly N., Kirk P., Bourgoin T., DeWalt R.E., Decock W., De Wever A., Nieukerken E. van, Zarucchi J., Penev L., eds. 2017. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life, 30th January 2017. Digital resource at Species 2000: Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands. ISSN 2405-8858. Reference page. [accessed on May 19, 2017]

The genus Oxythyrea consists of a number of chafer beetle species. Members are typically about 10–15 mm in size, and are usually black with white dots or lines on the thorax, elytra, and abdomen; each species has its own distinctive pattern. Oxythyrea are active during the day, and are often found on flowers, feeding.

Oxythyrea abigail
Oxythyrea albopicta
Oxythyrea cinctella
Oxythyrea cinctelloides
Oxythyrea densata
Oxythyrea dulcis
Oxythyrea funesta
Oxythyrea groenbechi
Oxythyrea guttifera
Oxythyrea noemi
Oxythyrea pantherina
Oxythyrea producta
Oxythyrea subcalva
Oxythyrea tripolitana

Some of the species are often classified in a closely related genus Leucocelis.

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