Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

Species Anoplognathus viridiaeneus (Donovan, 1805)

King Christmas Beetle

  • Melolontha viridiaenea Donovan, E. 1805. An Epitome of the Natural History of the Insects of New Holland, New Zealand, New Guinea, Otaheite, and other Islands in the Indian, Southern, and Pacific Oceans: including Figures and Descriptions of One Hundred and Fifty-three Species of the more Splendid, Beautiful, and Interesting Insects, hitherto Discovered in those Countries, and which for the most Part have not appeared in the Works of any Preceding Author. London : Rivington iv + [167] pp. + [41] pls. [Date published January] [page three of unnumbered text].
    Type data:
     Syntype(s) BMNH, Australia (as New Holland).
  • Rutela caesarea Billberg, G.J. 1817. [Species description]. in Schönherr, C.J. Appendix ad C.J. Schönherr Synonymiam Insectorum, Tom. I. Part 3. Sistens descriptiones novarum specierum. Scaris : Lewerentziana 266 pp. [58].
    Type data:
     Status unknown, Botany Bay (as Botany-bay), NSW.
  • Rutela latreillei Gyllenhal, L. 1817. Sistens descriptiones novarum specierum. pp. 1-144, Tab. 5 & 6 in Schönherr, C. J. (ed.). Appendix ad C. J. Schönherr Synonymiam Insectorum. Scaris : Lewerentziana Vol. I(3) 266 pp. [59].
    Type data:
     Status unknown, Australia (as Nova Hollandia).


Taxonomic Decision for Synonymy

  • Carne, P.B. 1957. A revision of the ruteline genus Anoplognathus Leach (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Australian Journal of Zoology 5(1): 88–143 [99]




New South Wales, Queensland

Note that conversion of the original AFD map of states, drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones to IBRA and IMCRA regions may have produced errors. The new maps will be reviewed and corrected as updates occur. The maps may not indicate the entire distribution. See further details below.
IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)
drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones (map not available)


NSW, Qld: Australian Alps (AA), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Desert Uplands (DEU), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mulga Lands (ML), Nandewar (NAN), New England Tablelands (NET), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Wet Tropics (WT)

Original AFD Distribution Data

Australian Region

  • Australia
    • New South Wales: Murray-Darling basin, SE coastal
    • Queensland: Murray-Darling basin, NE coastal

Ecological Descriptors

Adult: folivore, herbivore (associated flora: Syncarpia glomulifera Smith [MYRTACEAE]), terrestrial, volant.

Larva: grass roots, humus, rotting wood.

Extra Ecological Information

S. glomulifera as S. laurifolia Ten.; larvae probably feed on rotting wood, humus or grass roots.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
14-Oct-2013 SCARABAEOIDEA 14-Oct-2013 MODIFIED
17-Dec-2010 10-Oct-2013 MODIFIED
14-Oct-2013 MODIFIED