n African Entomology - Review of the South African spider beetle genus, Pseudomezium Pic, 1897 (Coleoptera: Ptinidae: Ptininae) : research article
|Article Title||Review of the South African spider beetle genus, Pseudomezium Pic, 1897 (Coleoptera: Ptinidae: Ptininae) : research article|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Affiliations||1 Western Kentucky University, U.S.A. and 2 Western Kentucky University, U.S.A.|
|Publication Date||Sep 2011|
|Pages||572 - 596|
|Keyword(s)||Cape region, Conservation, Fynbos, Gibbiinae, Namaqualand and Southern Africa|
Nine new species of Pseudomezium are described, and two previously described species are also considered. The unique morphological characteristics, including genitalia, of each species are illustrated and a key is given for all taxa. The morphological characteristics of the genus, including mouth parts and ventral structures are also illustrated. A brief discussion of the spider beetle diversity of South Africa and the potential of spider beetles for conservation efforts is also presented.
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