n African Entomology - Review of the primitive blister beetle genus , with a description of the first instar larva (Coleoptera : Tenebrionoidea : Meloidae)

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



The genus , a primitive group of blister beetles from southern Africa, is reviewed. Included are the first description of its first instar larva based on two Namaqualand species ( and ), partial information on behaviour (sexual and asexual), and a summary of bionomics, with records of host plants, habitat preference, and elevational distribution. Two new species from Namibia ( and ) are described, and remarks on the taxonomy of various other species are provided. Two new synonymies are proposed: Kaszab, 1952 = Péringuey, 1909, syn. n.; Péringuey, 1909 = Haag-Rutenberg, 1879, syn. n. A species catalogue, with complete distribution records, is provided.

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