Aplopsis sp., copyright Liz MacRaild.

Belongs within: Melolonthinae.

Aplopsis is an Australian genus of chafers with the body clothed by pale setae arising on the elytra from elongate, annulate punctures.

Characters (from Britton 1957, as Haplopsis): Anterior tibiae with basal tooth on outer edge situated on proximal half of tibia, the tooth small with its point directed towards apex of tibia; antennae with six to nine segments including a club of three lamellae. Body clothed with pale setae which are usually slender and pointed. Setae very regularly distributed except on elytra where they are arranged in longitudinal bands, with relatively narrow bare spaces between. Setae arising from characteristic elongate annulate punctures. Anterior edge of pronotal hypomera usually marked by a ridge or produced as a free edge enclosing a pocket for reception of antenna. Abdomen usually with a longitudinal ridge on sternites on each side, corresponding with outer edges of elytra; tergite and sternite of propygidium fused. Legs slender, posterior tibiae with or without a slight transverse setose ridge on upper side.

<==Aplopsis Blanchard 1850 (see below for synonymy) HW92
    |--*A. lineoligera Blanchard 1850 HW92 (see below for synonymy)
    |--A. ablata Britton 1957 [=Haplopsis ablata] HW92
    |--A. borealis Britton 1957 [=Haplopsis borealis] HW92
    |--A. caviceps (Lea 1917) [=Caulobius caviceps] HW92
    |--A. darlingtoni Britton 1957 [=Haplopsis darlingtoni] HW92
    |--A. debilis (Blackburn 1898) [=Haplopsis debilis] HW92
    |--A. decipiens (Burmeister 1855) [=*Ocnodus decipiens; incl. Haplopsis polita Britton 1957] HW92
    |--A. discedens (Blackburn 1898) [=Caulobius discedens] HW92
    |--A. evexa (Britton 1957) [=Haplopsis evexa] HW92
    |--A. ferruginea (Blackburn 1892) [=Ocnodus ferrugineus] HW92
    |--A. grisea (Burmeister 1855) HW92 [=Colpocrania grisea HW92, Haplopsis grisea L19]
    |--A. hamilla Britton 1957 [=Haplopsis hamilla] CW92
    |--A. henryi Britton 1957 [=Haplopsis henryi] CW92
    |--A. longipes (Blackburn 1907) [=*Atermonocheila longipes, Haplopsis longipes] HW92
    |--A. mayae Britton 1957 [=Haplopsis mayae] CW92
    |--A. olliffi Blackburn 1898 [=Haplopsis olliffi] CW92
    |--A. punctulata (Blackburn 1898) [=Caulobius punctulatus] CW92
    |--A. rutila Britton 1957 [=Haplopsis rutila] CW92
    |--A. serricollis Lea 1919 [=Haplopsis serricollis] CW92
    |--A. setosa Britton 1957 [=Haplopsis setosa] CW92
    |--A. spadix Britton 1957 [=Haplopsis spadix] CW92
    |--A. viridis Blackburn 1892 [=Haplopsis viridis] CW92
    `--A. wilsoni Britton 1957 [=Haplopsis wilsoni] CW92

Aplopsis Blanchard 1850 [=Haplopsis Gemminger & Harold 1869; incl. Atermonocheila Blackburn 1907, Colpocrania Burmeister 1855, Ocnodus Burmeister 1855] HW92

*Aplopsis lineoligera Blanchard 1850 HW92 [=Haplopsis lineoligera M86; incl. Colpocrania pilosa Burmeister 1855 HW92, H. pilosa M86]

*Type species of generic name indicated


Britton, E. B. 1957. A Revision of the Australian Chafers (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae) vol. 1. British Museum (Natural History): London.

[HW92] Houston, W. W. K., & T. A. Weir. 1992. Melolonthinae. In: Houston, W. W. K. (ed.) Zoological Catalogue of Australia vol. 9. Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea pp. 174–358. AGPS Press: Canberra.

[L19] Lea, A. M. 1919. Notes on some miscellaneous Coleoptera with descriptions of new species.—Part V. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 43: 166–261, pls 25–27.

[M86] Masters, G. 1886. Catalogue of the described Coleoptera of Australia. Part III. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, series 2, 1 (1): 21–126.

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