oa African Entomology - New and threatened Afrotropical dung beetle taxa in the Gondwanaland tribe Canthonini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae)

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



The dung beetle tribe Canthonini has a Gondwanaland distribution. Two new taxa of this ancient tribe are descriptionbed from the tropical regions of southeastern Africa. One of these taxa is the monotypic genus Canthodimorpha gen. n., comprising C. lawrencei sp. n., which is descnbed from northeastern coastal Mozambique. The other taxon is a species of Gyronotus van Lansberge, G. mulanjensis sp. n., which is descriptionbed from southern Malawi. A key is provided to separate G. mulanjensis from the other five known species of Gyronotus. All of these flightless species are probably forest specialists. As forests are restricted and highly threatened habitats in eastern Africa, these beetles merit at least vulnerable status.

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