n African Entomology - Review of (Fabricius, 1781) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae)

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



Analyses of material collected recently and considerations of biogeographic coherence support the formation of a species-group, comprising four separate entities. Thus, the previously known s. str. is now subdivided into (Fabricius), with an exclusive northwestern Cape distribution, and (Boheman, 1857), with a broader eastern, circum-Drakensberg distribution. The elevation to species level of Holm, 1990 from Ethiopia, as proposed earlier by Antoine in 2004, is supported. Holm, 1990 from Angola is also recognized as a proper species, on the basis of several diagnostic characters including a completely black head in both sexes, a great reduction of the paler areas on the abdominal sternites and a poor lateral extension of the ventral lobes of the aedeagal parameres.

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