n African Entomology - Revision of the Afrotropical mylabrine genus Lydoceras Marseul, 1870 (Coleoptera : Meloidae)
|Article Title||Revision of the Afrotropical mylabrine genus Lydoceras Marseul, 1870 (Coleoptera : Meloidae)|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Author||M.A. Bologna, M. Pitzalis and V. Viglioglia|
|Publication Date||Mar 2011|
|Pages||70 - 87|
|Keyword(s)||Ecology, Mylabrini, Phylogeny, Taxonomy and Universita Roma Tre|
The blister beetle genus Lydoceras Marseul, 1870, tribe Mylabrini, is revised. Its four species are redescribed and figured. Faunistic and ecological records of each species also are summarized. Results of a morphology-based cladistic analysis show Lydoceras lictor (Gerstäcker, 1885) and L. fasciatus (Fabricius, 1775) as most closely related. These two species and L. flavosellatus (Fairmaire, 1887) are placed in the nominate subgenus. The group occurs in eastern Africa and western Arabian Peninsula. The highly distinctive L. stanleyanus (Duvivier, 1890), endemic to central Africa, is placed in the resurrected subgenus Denierus Pic.
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