Colpochila obesa, from Insects of Tasmania.

Belongs within: Melolonthinae.

Colpochila is a diverse genus of large chafers found in Australia.

See also: Colpochila: the chafing of a mega-genus.

Characters (from Britton 1986): Large (length 11-33 mm), of stout build; labrum not fused to clypeus; antennae 8- or 9-segmented, including a 3- to 7-lamellate club; eyes nearly circular though partly covered by prothorax; elytra not abbreviated (ratio of maximum length:width >2.3:1), covering propygidium and (in part) pygidium; elytral striae grouped in pairs so alternate intervals are obviously different in width; posterior and lateral margins of posterior coxae never thin and membranous; claws without a pulvillus beneath; abdomen with only terminal ventrite movable, separated from fifth ventrite by a pale membrane; propygidium and penultimate ventrite separated by suture on each side.

<==Colpochila Erichson 1843 [incl. Aplonycha Dejean 1833 (n. n.), Haplonycha Blanchard 1851] B86
    |--*C. gouldi (Hope 1842) [=Sericesthis gouldi, Haplonycha gouldi; incl. H. pulchripennis Lea 1924] B86
    |--C. abdita Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. accepta (Blackburn 1906) [=Haplonycha accepta] HW92
    |--C. aequaliceps (Blackburn 1906) [=Haplonycha aequaliceps] HW92
    |--C. affinis Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. amabilis (Blackburn 1906) [=Haplonycha amabilis] HW92
    |--C. andersoni Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. antennalis (Blackburn 1906) [=Haplonycha antennalis] HW92
    |--C. aquila Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. arida Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. badia (Burmeister 1855) [=Haplonycha badia] HW92
    |--C. bella Blackburn 1890 HW92 (see below for synonymy)
    |--C. bicolor Blackburn 1890 [=Haplonycha bicolor] B86
    |--C. bidentipes (Lea 1926) [=Haplonycha bidentipes] HW92
    |--C. bimucronata (Lea 1917) [=Haplonycha bimucronata] HW92
    |--C. blackburni Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. bogania Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. boreas Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. brevisetosa (Lea 1930) [=Haplonycha brevisetosa; incl. C. laciniata Britton 1959] HW92
    |--C. calabyi Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. callida Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. capta Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. carinata Blackburn 1890 [=Haplonycha carinata] B86
    |--C. carnabyi Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. castanea Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. chinnicki Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. clara (Blackburn 1906) [=Haplonycha clara] HW92
    |--C. clavipalpis Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. clypealis Blackburn 1906 [=Haplonycha clypealis; incl. H. marginipennis Lea 1919] HW92
    |--C. comma Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. crassiventris Blanchard 1850 HW92 (see below for synonymy)
    |--C. crepera Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. crinita (Burmeister 1855) [=Haplonycha crinita] HW92
    |--C. deceptor Blackburn 1890 [=Haplonycha deceptor; incl. H. punctatissima Blackburn 1906] B86
    |--C. decolor Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. dilatata (Lea 1917) [=Haplonycha dilatata] HW92
    |--C. efficax Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. erythrocephala (Lea 1917) [=Haplonycha erythrocephala] HW92
    |--C. faceta (Blackburn 1906) [=Haplonycha faceta] HW92
    |--C. firma (Blackburn 1906) [=Haplonycha firma] HW92
    |--C. fortis Blackburn 1890 [=Haplonycha fortis; incl. C. campestris Blackburn 1892, H. campestris] B86
    |--C. freyi Britton 1959 HW92
    |--C. fulva Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. funerea Blackburn 1890 HW92 [=Haplonycha funerea L19]
    |--C. gagatina (Burmeister 1855) [=Haplonycha gagatina; incl. H. pygidialis Lea 1930] HW92
    |--C. gibbosicollis Blackburn 1890 [=Haplonycha gibbosicollis, H. gibbicollis (l. c.)] B86
    |--C. gigantea (Burmeister 1855) [=Haplonycha gigantea; incl. H. fimbripennis Lea 1924] HW92
    |--C. goerlingi Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. griffithi (Blackburn 1907) [=Haplonycha griffithi] HW92
    |--C. ignota Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. immatura (Lea 1930) [=Haplonycha immatura] HW92
    |--C. infernalis Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. ingens Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. interocularis (Lea 1917) [=Haplonycha interocularis] HW92
    |--C. iota Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. iricolor Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. iridea (Lea 1930) [=Haplonycha iridea] HW92
    |--C. iris Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. jungi (Blackburn 1906) [=Haplonycha jungi] HW92
    |--C. kalambi Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. laminata Blackburn 1890 [incl. C. dubia Blackburn 1890] HW92
    |--C. latebricola (Blackburn 1906) [=Haplonycha latebricola] HW92
    |--C. leo Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. limbata Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. longiclava Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. longior (Blackburn 1906) [=Haplonycha longior; incl. H. pallida Lea 1924] HW92
    |--C. longipalpis (Lea 1926) [=Haplonycha longipalpis] HW92
    |--C. lutea Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. major Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. marginata (Blackburn 1906) [=Haplonycha marginata] HW92
    |--C. maura Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. melina Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. minor Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. mixta (Lea 1917) [=Haplonycha mixta] HW92
    |--C. nana Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. nasuta Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. nigra (Lea 1919) [=Haplonycha nigra] HW92
    |--C. nigromarginata Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. nitens Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. nitida Britton 1986 HW92
    |--‘Haplonycha’ nitidicollis Nonfried 1892 (n. d.) HW92
    |--C. nobilis (Blackburn 1906) [=Haplonycha nobilis; incl. H. colossa Lea 1919, H. lucifera Blackburn 1906] HW92
    |--C. obesa (Boisduval 1835) HW92 (see below for synonymy)
    |--C. opaca (Lea 1917) [=Haplonycha opaca] HW92
    |--C. pagana Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. pallidula Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. palpalis Blackburn 1895 HW92
    |--C. parva Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. paula Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. piceofulva Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. picta Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. pilosa (Blackburn 1906) [=Haplonycha pilosa] HW92
    |--C. pinguis (Macleay 1871) [=Haplonycha pinguis] HW92
    |--C. polita Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. potens Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. pruinosa (Lea 1930) [=Haplonycha pruinosa] HW92
    |--C. pubescens Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. pulchella Blackburn 1890 [incl. Haplonycha novemarticulata Lea 1917, H. octoarticulata Lea 1917] HW92
    |--C. punctiventris Blackburn 1890 [incl. Haplonycha gymnopyga Lea 1917] HW92
    |--C. punctulata Blanchard 1851 B86
    |--C. pygmaea Blackburn 1890 HW92
    |--C. regia Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. rubida Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. rubiginosa Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. ruficeps (Burmeister 1855) [=Haplonycha ruficeps; incl. H. fimbriata Lea 1924] HW92
    |--C. rufocastanea (Lea 1930) [=Haplonycha rufocastanea] HW92
    |--C. rutila Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. satelles Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. scutalis (Blanchard 1851) B86 (see below for synonymy)
    |--C. secreta Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. setifera Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. setosa Blackburn 1890 [=Haplonycha setosa] B86
    |--C. sinuaticollis Blackburn 1890 (see below for synonymy) B86
    |--C. sodalis Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. solida Blackburn 1890 [=Haplonycha solida; incl. H. sloanei Blackburn 1906] B86
    |--C. sorella Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. soror Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. spadix (Blackburn 1906) [=Haplonycha spadix] HW92
    |--‘Haplonycha’ striatella Blanchard 1851 (n. d.) B86
    |--C. suavis (Lea 1919) [=Haplonycha suavis] HW92
    |--C. tarsalis (Lea 1924) [=Haplonycha tarsalis] HW92
    |--C. tindalei (Lea 1926) [=Haplonycha tindalei] HW92
    |--C. trichopyga (Blackburn 1906) [=Haplonycha trichopyga] HW92
    |--C. unidens Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. vanga Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. velata Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. vesca Britton 1986 HW92
    |--C. vicina Britton 1986 HW92
    `--C. villosa (Lea 1917) [=Haplonycha villosa] B86

Colpochila bella Blackburn 1890 HW92 [incl. Haplonycha amoena Blackburn 1906 HW92, H. cara Lea 1917 HW92, Colpochila gracilis Blackburn 1890 HW92, H. gracilis L19, H. iridipennis Lea 1917 HW92, H. neglecta Blackburn 1906 HW92, H. paradoxa Blackburn 1906 HW92]

Colpochila crassiventris Blanchard 1850 HW92 [incl. Haplonycha fimbricollis Lea 1924 HW92, H. roei Burmeister 1855 HW92, Colpochila roei M86]

Colpochila obesa (Boisduval 1835) HW92 [=Melolontha obesa HW92, Aplonycha obesa B86, *Haplonycha obesa HW92; incl. Melolontha destructor Tepper 1878 HW92, H. pectoralis Blanchard 1851 B86, Colpochila tasmanica Blanchard 1853 B86, H. tasmanica M86, H. thoracica Blackburn 1906 HW92]

Colpochila scutalis (Blanchard 1851) B86 [=Haplonycha scutalis HW92; incl. C. testaceipennis Macleay 1888 HW92, H. testaceipennis L19]

Colpochila sinuaticollis Blackburn 1890 [=Haplonycha sinuaticollis; incl. H. arvicola Blackburn 1906, H. egregia Blackburn 1906, H. electa Blackburn 1906, Colpochila fraterna Blackburn 1890, H. fraterna, H. rustica Blackburn 1906, H. sabulicola Blackburn 1906, H. semiopaca Lea 1917] B86

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B86] Britton, E. B. 1986. A revision of the Australian chafers (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae) vol. 4. Tribe Liparetrini: genus Colpochila. Australian Journal of Zoology, Supplementary Series 118: 1–135.

[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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