oa Annals of the Transvaal Museum - A revision of the African Coraebine genus Alissoderus Deyrolle, 1864 (Coleoptera: Buprestidae: Agrilinae)

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0041-1752



The southern African coraebine genus Alissoderus Deyrolle is revised for the first time. The generic junior synonymy of Angolia Obenberger is confirmed. Eleven species and their synonyms (eight new) are recognized with one new species and two new subspecies described: A. albiventris (Gory and Laporte, 1839); A. cuprescens (Gory and Laporte, 1839) = A. chionogaster Obenberger, 1943 syn, nov,; A. leucogaster (Wiedemann, 1821) = Buprestis foveolatus Thunberg, 1827; A. magnus Kerremans, 1911 = A. meridionaJis Obenberger, 1934; A. rex Obenberger, 1931; A. rex ssp. hesperis subspec. nov.; A. rex ssp. capensis subspec. nov.; A. spectrum (Boheman, 1858) = A. imperator Obenberger, 1931 syn. nov.; A. strandi Obenberger, 1931; A. superciliosus (Wiedemann, 1821) = Buprestis cornutus Thunberg, 1827; A. tessellatus spec. nov. A. transvalensis Obenberger, 1931; and A. vittatus (Lansberge, 1886) = A. magnus Kerremans, 1914 syn. nov. = A. hoscheki (Obenberger, 1920) syn. nov. = A. caesar Obenberger, 1931 syn. nov. = A. kerremansi Théry, 1938 syn. nov. = A. lansbergei Théry, 1947 syn. nov. = A. freyi Théry, 1949 syn. nov. Two infrasubspecific names are declared unavailable: A. albiventris var. embrikiellus Obenberger, 1936, and A. rex var, strandinus Obenberger, 1936. A neotype is designated for Alissoderus magnus Kerremans, 1911. Lectotypes are designated for five species: Amorphosoma albiventre Gory and Laporte, A. cuprescens Gory and Laporte, A. spectrum Boheman, Buprestis superciliosus Wiedemann and Angolia hoscheki Obenberger. Black-and-white photographs illustrate the dorsal habitus of all species and the male genitalia are illustrated by line-drawings. The putative generic relationships are discussed and the species are distinguished in a dichotomous key.

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