Language: Italian with English abstract
The revision of the staphylinid Tribe Xantholinini (Coleoptera) of the Oriental Region is presented. It includes a historical review, a large discussion of diagnostic, morphologic, and phylogenetic characters, indications on methods and techniques, followed by a taxonomic revision and conclusive remarks on the zoogeography in each country. Fifty-five genera and 453 species are recognized, 32 genera and 296 species are described as new, 215 types or type series are studied, 70 new combinations are proposed, 2 genera and 58 species are placed in synonymy, 3 neotypes and 94 lectotypes are designed. A key of the genera and a key of the species of all the genera are provided. Each species is described and originally illustrated, all available distributional and bionomic data are presented. Distributional records of genera and species, present vegetation and entomological expeditions are mapped.
Arnaldo Bordoni was born in Savona in 1938, he studied at the University of Milan and taught in the high schools of Florence for 30 years. Since 1965 he is a cooperator of the Zoological Museum "La Specola" of the University of Florence. He first became interested in Coleoptera Staphylinidae as a result of his many contacts with Tottenham, Jarrige, Fagel and above all with his mentor, Henri Coiffait. He published about 150 articles especially on Omaliinae (Lesteva, Geodromicus, Deliphrosoma), Steninae, Paederinae (Medonini, Lathrobiini, in particular the Italian hypogean Lathrobium), Quediinae; he described the only troglobitic Staphylinid from Italy and wrote the volume on Xantholininae for the Fauna d'Italia, a book on the Coleoptera of the Fucecchio marshes and studies on the Coleoptera of the wetlands in Tuscany. His research has mainly dealt with morphology, systematics and biogeography of Staphylinidae. He described about 20 genera and 180 species.