oa African Entomology - New and little-known South African Meligethes Stephens of the M. convexus group (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae: Meligethinae)

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



The known South African species of the convexus species group in the genus Meligethes Stephens are revised. Four new species are descriptionbed from South Africa and Botswana: Meligethes becivorus, M. byrrhoides, M. oberprieleri and M. paraconvexus. Meligethes gibbulus. Spornraft & Kirejtshuk and M. xyphosuroides Kirejtshuk are transferred from the subgenus Lariopsis Kirejtshuk to the M. convexus species group. Meligethes pallipes Boheman is removed from the M. convexus species group and provisionally placed in the unrelated M. aethiopicus Grouvelle species group. edescriptionptions and illustrations of male and female genitalia, legs and habitus of M. convexus Boheman, M. subglobosus Reitter and M. accretus Kirejtshuk, and ecological data on most of the species are included. Meligethes atomus Grouvelle, previously known only from Tanzania, is a new record from southern Africa, and a new synonym, Meligethes Qtomus Grouvelle, 1904 Meligethes johnsi Easton, 1960, is established.

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