Shiny pasture scarab Scitala sericans, from Insects of Tasmania.

Belongs within: Melolonthinae.

Scitala is an Australian genus of black or brown chafers lacking dorsal setae and with striae on the elytra paired so alternate intervals differ in width. The shiny pasture scarab S. sericans is a common pasture pest in southeastern Australia.

<==Scitala Erichson 1842HW92
    |--*S. sericans Erichson 1842HW92 (see below for synonymy)
    |--S. aureorufa (Blanchard 1850) (see below for synonymy)HW92
    |--S. calescens Blackburn 1907HW92
    |--S. celata Britton 1987HW92
    |--S. citra Britton 1987HW92
    |--S. coracina Britton 1987HW92
    |--S. eremia Britton 1987HW92
    |--S. fustula Britton 1987HW92
    |--S. glabra (Blanchard 1850) [=Sericesthis glabra]HW92
    |--S. hirticeps (Blackburn 1907) [=Anodontonyx hirticeps; incl. A. opalescens Lea 1919]HW92
    |--S. howdeni Britton 1987HW92
    |--S. iridipennis Britton 1987HW92
    |--S. juvenis Blackburn 1907HW92
    |--S. minuta Britton 1987HW92
    |--S. nana Britton 1987HW92
    |--S. nemesis Blackburn 1907HW92
    |--S. nigrolineata Boisd. 1835M86
    |--S. pruinosa Dalm. 1823 [incl. S. australis Boisd. 1835, S. geminata Boisd. 1835]M86
    |--S. pullata Boisd. 1835M86
    |--S. rorida Burmeister 1855 [incl. S. hospes Blackburn 1907]HW92
    |--S. satelles Britton 1987HW92
    |--S. simulans Britton 1987HW92
    |--S. sororia Britton 1987HW92
    |--S. uptoni Britton 1987HW92
    `--S. volux Britton 1987HW92

Scitala aureorufa (Blanchard 1850) [=Sericesthis aureorufa; incl. Sc. ambigua Blackburn 1907, Sc. coxalis Blackburn 1907, Sc. subsericans Blackburn 1907]HW92

*Scitala sericans Erichson 1842HW92 [incl. Sc. aenescens Burmeister 1855HW92, Sericesthis rugosiceps Blanchard 1850HW92, Sc. rugosicepsM86]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[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.

[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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