[Taxacom] Help with Hycleus oculatus please

Tony Rees tonyrees49 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 7 15:06:26 CDT 2017

Hi Mary,

First a disclaimer: I am not a beetle specialist, however this is the
information I have been able to piece together regarding your query:

1. Hycleus oculatus is cited with the authority (Thunberg, 1791), and
appears to be based on the species previously called Mylabris oculata
Thunberg, 1791. If you search Google Scholar for the latter name you will
find some references. It is also given as the "Cape Mounted Rifles bean
beetle" or "CMR beetle". You can also search for Hycleus oculatus in ION
which leads to the page
http://www.organismnames.com/details.htm?lsid=1481855 from which a search
of Zoological Record is available if you have access to that.

In Hallan's list there is a species listed as accepted named Mylabris
oculata (Thunberg, 1791) which seems to be based on Meloe oculata Thunberg,
1791. At the moment I cannot tell whether or not this is the same as the
above taxon.

2. Hycleus ocellata seems to be different, although this name does not
appear in either ION or GNI. It appears to be based on the name Cerocoma
ocellata Olivier, 1791 (data source is Joel Hallan's Biology Catalog
although the relevant page does not seem to be accessible at the moment).
C. ocellata was the basis for the genus Dices Dejean, 1821 but that genus
is listed in Fauna Europaea as a synonym of Hycleus.

Probably others can comment further,

Best regards - Tony

Tony Rees, New South Wales, Australia

On 8 October 2017 at 01:42, Mary Barkworth <Mary.Barkworth at usu.edu> wrote:

> Inaturalist has it as CMR Bean Beetle (Hycleus oculatus). There is a
> record of it from Botswana but I cannot find the author (desirable for
> Symbiota). Could someone tell me who it is please - using Zoological
> citation style please.  Is it a synonym of Hycleus ocellata (Olivier, 1791)<
> https://www.gbif.org/species/6955485>?  Or is that simply a fuzzy match?
> CoL does not include the genus even.
> Mary
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