n African Entomology - Taxonomy of Kaszab, 1966 (Coleoptera : Meloidae : Eleticinae), an ignored genus endemic to South Africa : short communication




The systematics of the Eleticinae, the most primitive subfamily of the Meloidae (Coleoptera : Tenebrionoidea), is still incompletely clarified (Bologna 1991, 1995; Pinto & Bologna 1999; Bologna & Pinto 2001, 2002). We adopt here the arrangement and the nomenclature proposed by Bologna (1995), rather than those proposed by Kaszab (1966, 1969) or Selander (1966, 1991). In the future, this group of uncommon blister beetles, will probably reveal several novelties, as the Afrotropical and Neotropical faunas are scarcely explored. For example, three new genera from southern Africa and Yemen are presently being described from the tribes Morphozonitini and Eleticini (Bologna, in prep.; Bologna ., in prep) and several new species of the genus Haag-Rutenberg, 1879, endemic to southern Africa, were recently discovered (Pitzalis 2007; Pitzalis & Bologna, in press).


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