The purpose of this application, under Articles 75.5 and 75.6 of the Code, is to conserve the current usage of the name Aphodius fimetarius (Linnaeus, 1758) for a Holarctic species of aphodiine dung beetle. Since a different species has been erroneously designated as the lectotype, it is proposed that the previous type fixations for the species Aphodius fimetarius (Linnaeus, 1758) be set aside and a neotype consistent with the current usage be designated. Given that the species diagnostic morphological characters show variation overlapping with those of the most similar species, Aphodius pedellus (De Geer, 1774), we suggest a modern, chromosomally determined specimen as the neotype.
Scarabaeus fimetarius Linnaeus, 1758 (currently Aphodius fimetarius; Insecta, Coleoptera, scarabaeidae): proposed conservation of usage of the specific name by designation of a neotype," The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 69(1), 29-36, (1 March 2012). https://doi.org/10.21805/bzn.v69i1.a12