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The synonymy of Heminothrus valentianus Hull, 1916 with Platynothrus punctatus (L. Koch, 1879), which has been suspected since 1962, is confirmed. Recently one of Hull's type specimens of H. valentianus from Cheviot Hill has been found and it proves to be conspecific with specimens of P. punctatus collected from this locality by the author in 1967. The complete synonymy and geographical distribution of P. punctatus are given.