Macroderes politulus Preudhomme de Borre, 1880

Abdalla, Ishtiag H., Deschodt, Christian M., Scholtz, Clarke H. & Sole, Catherine L., 2018, An update to the taxonomy of the genus Macroderes Westwood 1842 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) with descriptions of new species from South Africa, Zootaxa 4504 (1), pp. 41-75: 67

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https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4504.1.3

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scientific name

Macroderes politulus Preudhomme de Borre, 1880
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Macroderes politulus Preudhomme de Borre, 1880 

( Figs. 15View FIGURES 15–18, 43View FIGURES 40–45, 52View FIGURES 52–57, 63View FIGURES 58–63, 92View FIGURES 88–93)

Macroderes politulus Preudhomme de Borre 1880: 11  ; Péringuey 1901: 302; Janssens 1939: 29; Ferreira 1969: 322; Frolov & Scholtz 2005: 383.

Type locality. South Africa, Caffria   .

Type material examined. None. Type series is deposited in IRSNB ( Frolov & Scholtz 2005).

Additional material examined. 1 ♂ ( SANC): “ Macroderes politulus  / Somerset E [East] / [32° 45' 43.95’’ S 25° 32' 28.51'' E] / Jan. 84 ”GoogleMaps  ; 2 ♂♂ and 1 ♀♀ ( UPSA): “ S. Africa / SW Cape / Oranjefontein farm / nr Darling / 33° 25' S 18° 26' E / 28.VIII. 1987 / ALV Davis // ex cattle dung baited pitfall in pasture”GoogleMaps  ; 1 ♂ same data but the date of collection: 3.VII. 1987GoogleMaps  ; 3 ♀♀ same data but the dates of collections as followsGoogleMaps  : 1 ♀: 7.VII. 1987, 1 ♀: 29.VII.1987, 1 ♀: 17 Sept. 1987.

Size range. Males length: 9.0– 12.2 mm, width: 6.3–8.6 mm; females length: 9.7–12.2 mm; width: 6.4–8.7 mm.

Differential diagnosis. This species is very close to M. porselinus  new species in having elongated punctures of the pronotum ( Fig. 63View FIGURES 58–63) as well as a punctuated lateral border of pronotum ( Fig. 43View FIGURES 40–45). It is separated from M. porselinus  new species by its rather narrower and less convex pronotum.

Habitat and distribution. The range of the species is restricted to an area located within the Fynbos Biome and characterised by Renosterveld vegetation types in the Western Cape Province ( Fig. 2). These habitats are represented as one of the most threatened areas due to the intensive cultivation and removal of indigenous plants ( Mucina & Rutherford 2006), which in turn might threaten the associated fauna.

SANC

Agricultural Research Council-Plant Protection Research Institute

UPSA

University of Pretoria

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Scarabaeidae

Genus

Macroderes

Loc

Macroderes politulus Preudhomme de Borre, 1880

Abdalla, Ishtiag H., Deschodt, Christian M., Scholtz, Clarke H. & Sole, Catherine L. 2018
2018
Loc

Macroderes politulus Preudhomme de Borre 1880 : 11

Frolov, A. V. & Scholtz, C. H. 2005: 383
Ferreira, M. 1969: 322
Janssens, A. 1939: 29
Peringuey, L. 1901: 302
Preudhomme De Borre, A. 1880: 11
1901