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Type: Correspondence
Published: 2016-09-02
Page range: 141–145
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The lectotype of Goliathus drurii Westwood, 1837 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae) in the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney, Australia

Macleay Museum, the University of Sydney, New South Wales, 2006, Australia.
Coleoptera Scarabaeidae Cetoniinae


The lectotype of Goliathus drurii Westwood (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae) has been located to the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney, Australia. Collected in 1775, this specimen represents the second species of Goliathus to be illustrated in European literature, however eluding a proper species description until 1837. This important specimen, overlooked by previous curators, represents another portion of the Dru Drury collections purchased by Alexander McLeay now held in the Macleay Museum.



  1. Donovan, E. (1805) A catalogue of the most capital assemblage of insects probably ever offered to public sale : consisting of upwards of eleven thousand different specimens, collected from all the countries ... by Mr. Dru Drury ... lately deceased, who was upwards of thirty years in forming the above collection : at the same time will be sold the elegant mahogany cabinets, with a few books on Entomology and the copy-right, copper-plates in number one hundred and fifty of the Illustrations of natural history ... with a few coloured sets, and a large quantity of letter-press, and odd plates coloured and plain, which will be sold by auction by Messr. King & Lochee ... on Thursday, May 23, 1805. King & Lochée, London, 16 pp.

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    Fletcher, J.J. (1921) Special General Meeting. 14th June 1920. In commemoration of the centenary of the birth of Sir William Macleay. Presidential Address. "The Society's heritage from the Macleays.". Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 45, 567–635.

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    MacLeay, W.S. (1838) On the Cetoniidae of South Africa. pp. 1–52 in: Illustrations of the Annulosa of South Africa; being a portion of the objects of natural history collected during an expedition into the interior of South Africa, under the direction of Dr Andrew Smith, in the years 1834, 1835, and 1836; fitted out by "The Cape of Good Hope Association for Exploring Central Africa". Smith, Elder and Co., London, 75 pp.

    Westwood, J.O. (1837) Illustrations of exotic entomology, containing upwards of six hundred and fifty figures and descriptions of foreign insects, etc., By Dru Drury. Henry G. Bohn, London, 370 pp.