Taxon profile


Violet Oil-beetle
Meloe violaceus Marsham, 1802

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Arthropoda - arthropods »  class Insecta - insects »  order Coleoptera - beetles »  family Meloidae - blister beetles »  genus Meloe - oil-beetles »  subgenus Meloe

Scientific synonyms

Meloe aprilina Meyer, 1793
Meloe prolifericornis Motschulsky, 1873
Meloe rufipes Bremi-Wolf, 1855
Meloe similis Marsham, 1802
Meloe strigosus Motschulsky, 1873
Pediculus melittae Kirby, 1802
Proscarabaeus violaceus (Marsham, 1802)
Meloe proscarabaeus (Linnaeus) Sulzer, 1761 (misidentification) M


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Similar species

Meloe proscarabaeus Linnaeus, 1758 - Black Oil-beetle

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Links and literature

EN Fauna Europaea 2.4 [124053]

de Jong, Y.S.D.M. (ed.): Fauna Europaea [] [as Meloe violaceus Marsham, 1802]
Data retrieved on: 9 March 2012
CZ EN Farkač J., Král D. & Škorpík M. (eds.) (2005): List of threatened species in the Czech Republic. Invertebrates, Agentura ochrany přírody a krajiny ČR, Praha, 760 pp. [as Meloe violaceus Marsham, 1802]
CZ Mlejnek R., Hamet A., Růžička J. (2015): Beetles (Coleoptera) in caves and chasms of the Czech Republic, Acta Speleologica vol. 6 [as Meloe violaceus Marsham, 1802]

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M taxon was incorrectly identified in certain scientific works