oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - On the African species of the genus Synchortus Sharp (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) and the description of a new species

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The species of the genus Synchortus Sharp (subfamily Noterinae) occur only on the continent of Africa and in Madagascar. The Madagascar species are not discussed in this paper. Eight species have been named from Africa: S. imbricatus (Klug), S. aequatorius Guign., S. simplex Shp ( aciculatus Shp), S. sparsus Shp, S. desaegeri Gschw. (= Hydrocoptus rhipax Guign.), S. abditus Guign., S. leleupi Guign. and S. dabbeni R�g. The latter has not been recognised since it was first descriptionbed and, as the unique type can not now be found, the accuracy of the descriptionption and the specific status of the type can not be checked.

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