New world lampyrid types at the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences

  • William Lima Laboratório de Sistemática e Ecologia de Coleoptera (LASEC), Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA). Av. Bem-Te-Vi, 8-406 – Campus II, Petrópolis, 69067-001, Manaus, AM, Brazil
  • Alexey G. Moseyko Laboratory of Insect Systematics, Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya nab. 1, 199034 St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Luiz Felipe Lima Da Silveira Biology Department, Western Carolina University, 535 Apodaca Building, 1 University Drive Cullowhee, NC 28723, USA
Keywords: Firefly, Lampyrinae, Amydetinae, Cladodinae, Photurinae


New World lampyrid taxonomy faces severe taxonomic impediments. Most species remain known from original taxonomic descriptions only, often insufficient for accurate identification. Therefore, the study of type specimens is critical to ensure proper identification. The Russian entomologist Viktor Ivanovich Motschulsky was one of the most important authors of firefly (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) taxonomy during the XIXth century, and his work is still relevant today. Part of his material, including the type specimens of several species, is deposited at the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Unlike their European, Asian, and Oceanian counterparts, the taxonomy of Neotropical fireflies is still in its infancy, partly due to largely outdated literature and difficulties in accessing type specimens. Here, we review the type specimens of 38 firefly species deposited at ZIN, 15 of which are holotypes and 7 are lectotypes. For each specimen, the name-bearing status, condition of preservation, as well as the associated label data are provided. Lectotypes are designated for the following species described by Motschulsky: Bicellonycha lividipennis, Ellychnia californica, Lychnuris klugii, Macrolampis longipennis, Pseudolychnuris suturalis, Telephoroides lineaticollis, Telephoroide occidentalis.


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How to Cite
Lima, W., Moseyko, A. G., & Da Silveira, L. F. L. (2024). New world lampyrid types at the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. European Journal of Taxonomy, 943(1), 24–58.
Research article