The taxonomical and systematic status of the Oriental species of Hister was analyzed. Hister bitumineus is newly described herein. The following new synonyms have been established: H. apicelaevis Desbordes, 1919 = H. metallicus: Lewis, 1885, syn. nov., H. encaustus Marseul, 1854 = H. duplicatus Marseul, 1854, syn. nov., H. inexspectatus Desbordes, 1923 = H. aheneus Cooman, 1938, syn. nov., H. japonieus Marseul, 1854 = H. fessus Marseul, 1862, syn. nov., H. pransus Lewis, 1892 = H. pauli Desbordes, 1916., syn. nov., H. pteromalus Marseul, 1862 = H. divisifrons Schmidt, 1895, syn. nov. = H. brahminius Lewis, 1900, syn. nov. and H. thibetanus Marseul, 1857 = H. sohieri Marseul, 1870, syn. nov. = H. dauphini Lewis, 1905, syn. nov. Lectotypes for some species are designated. All the species are keyed and a general distribution is given for each of them. H. congener Schmidt, 1885 is new to the Oriental (Bhutan) and H. pullatus Erichson, 1834 to the Ethiopian (Ivory Coast) Region.
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