Donacia aquatica, copyright Siga.

Belongs within: Donaciinae.

Donacia is a cosmopolitan genus of leaf beetles feeding on aquatic plants. Members of the type subgenus lack coarse punctures on the pronotum and have the ventral punctation obscured by dense pubescence (Riley et al. 2002).

Characters (from Riley et al. 2002): Eyes entire; pronotal disc glabrous, or if pubescent then elytral apex truncate or elytra also pubescent; elytral apex truncate, with obtuse to acute outer angle; inner sutural bead of elytron before apex narrow, not expanded; subapical punctation of elytra more widely spaced and more or less regular; legs rufous to entirely metallic; metafemur usually with one or more subapical teeth; apical tarsomere much shorter than preceding tarsomeres combined; tarsomeres 1–3 with ventral pads; tarsal claws simple; aedeagal tegmen formed into complete ring around median lobe, with sclerotised dorsal cap.

Donacia Fabricius 1775RC02
|--D. (Askevoldia Kippenberg 1994)RC02
|--D. (Cyphogaster Groecke 1934)RC02
`--D. (Donaciomima Medvedev 1973)RC02

Donacia incertae sedis:
D. aeneaR26
D. aerariaJ89
D. aquaticaC01
D. australasiaeB74
D. biimpressaRC02
D. cinereaC01
D. clavipesC01
D. crassipes Fabricius 1775B14
D. dentata [incl. D. dentata var. angustata]C01
D. dentipesL02
D. distinctaRS15
D. hintihumeralis Komiya & Kubota 1987I92
D. katsurai Kimoto 1981I92
D. palustrisR26
D. simplexR26
D. typheaeR26
D. violaceaR26
D. vulgarisC01

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[B74] Britton, E. B. 1974. Coleoptera (beetles). In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers. Supplement 1974 pp. 62–89. Melbourne University Press.

[C01] Csiki, E. 1901. Bogarak [Coleopteren]. In: Horváth, G. (ed.) Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazása [Dritte Asiatische Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] vol. 2. Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazásának Állattani Eredményei [Zoologische Ergebnisse der Dritten Asiatischen Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] pp. 75–120. Victor Hornyánszky: Budapest, and Karl W. Hierseman: Leipzig.

[I92] Iwahashi, J. (ed.) 1992. Reddo Deeta Animaruzu: a pictorial of Japanese fauna facing extinction. JICC: Tokyo.

[J89] Jacoby, M. 1889. Viaggio di Leonardo Fea in Birmania e regioni vicine. XVII.—List of the phytophagous Coleoptera obtained by Signor L. Fea at Burmah and Tenasserim, with descriptions of the new species. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova, Serie 2a, 7: 147–237.

[L02] Latreille, P. A. 1802. Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière des crustacés et des insectes vol. 3. Familles naturelles des genres. F. Dufart: Paris.

[RC02] Riley, E. G., S. M. Clark, R. W. Flowers & A. J. Gilbert. 2002. Chrysomelidae Latreille 1802. In: Arnett, R. H., Jr, M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley & J. H. Frank (eds) American Beetles vol. 2. Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea pp. 617–691. CRC Press.

[R26] Risso, A. 1826. Histoire naturelle des principales productions de l’Europe méridionale et particulièrement de celles des environs de Nice et des Alpes maritimes vol. 5. F.-G. Levrault: Paris.

[RS15] Robertson, J. A., A. Ślipiński, M. Moulton, F. W. Shockley, A. Giorgi, N. P. Lord, D. D. McKenna, W. Tomaszewska, J. Forrester, K. B. Miller, M. F. Whiting & J. V. McHugh. 2015. Phylogeny and classification of Cucujoidea and the recognition of a new superfamily Coccinelloidea (Coleoptera: Cucujiformia). Systematic Entomology 40: 745–778.

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