Hycleus dentatus

Bologna, Marco A., Amore, Valentina & Pitzalis, Monica, 2018, Meloidae of Namibia (Coleoptera): taxonomy and faunistics with biogeographic and ecological notes, Zootaxa 4373 (1), pp. 1-141: 56-57

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Hycleus dentatus


Aa) Hycleus dentatus  species group

Hycleus dentatus (Olivier, 1811)  ( Fig. 3OView FIGURE 3) Mylabris dentata Olivier, 1811  Mylabris tortuosa Erichson, 1843  Coryna dentata, Bologna 1978 

Distribution. Angola, Congo (new species record for this country: Boma, AMNHAbout AMNH), and Namibia  . Cited also from Senegal and Sierra Leone, but these western African citations need confirmation.

Material examined and literature records. [Omusati] Ruacana: Ruacana Falls (road C46), 17.4000°S 14.2833°E (CB). Outapi: Mahanene Res. Station GoogleMaps  , 17.4500°S 14.8000°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN). Okahao: C35, Kamanjab- Ruacana 25 km NW of Kamanjab GoogleMaps  , 18.4775°S 14.6977°E (CB); Otjiovasandu, Etosha N.P., 19.2500°S 14.5000°E (SMWN); Kaross, Etosha N.P., 19.3833°S 14.5333°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN). [Kunene] Epupa: Hippo Pool on Kunene River GoogleMaps  , 20 km W Ruacana , 17.4092°S 14.2185°E (CB); Okakatowo, 17.4500°S 12.7000°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN)GoogleMaps  ; Okambele, 17.6167°S 14.0500°E (SMWN). Opuwo: Opuwo town , 18.0500°S 13.8333°E (CB)GoogleMaps  ; 30 km WNW Orupembe , 18.1167°S 12.3500°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN)GoogleMaps  ; D3710, near Opuwo, 18.1589°S 13.9173°E (CB); D3710, near Opuwo, 18.2011°S 13.8994°E (CB); Kunene distr., C43, 18.7599°S 13.7489°E (CB); C35, Kamanjab-Ruacana, 18.9027°S 14.3903°E (CB). Sesfontein: Beisebvlakte, Etosha N.P., 19.0167°S 14.0833°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN)GoogleMaps  ; Kamanjab, D 2650, 19.8087°S 14.5128°E (CB). Kamanjab: C40, 26 km E Kamanjab, 19.6957°S 15.1046°E (CB); Outjo-Kamanjab 95 km N of Outjo GoogleMaps  , 19.8040°S 15.3290°E (CB); Otjitambi, 19.8167°S 15.1667°E (SMWN); C39, 25 km E Khorixas, 20.3061°S 15.1867°E (CB). [Oshikoto] Engodi: Okashana AgricGoogleMaps  . Experimental Station , 18.2500°S 16.6667°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN)GoogleMaps  ; 30 km W Oshivelo, 18.4870°S 17.0000°E (CB). Omuthiyagwiipundi: Okashana Experimental Station GoogleMaps  , 18.5833°S 16.6500°E (SMWN). Guinas: Tsumeb, Onguma 314, 18.7333°S 17.0500°E (SMWN). [Otjozondjupa] Otjiwarongo: D2430, 25 km N Otjiwarongo, 20.2667°S 16.6167°E (CB); Cleveland 17, 20.4050°S 16.6590°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN)GoogleMaps  ; Garfield, 20.4450°S 16.0830°E (SMWN); C63, Outjo-Kalkfeld 15 km N of Kalkfeld , 20.7537°S 16.2210°E (CB). Omatako: Waterberg, jct. roads C22-2512, 20.6333°S 17.1500°E (CB); Hamakari S 373, 20.6667°S 17.3833°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN)GoogleMaps  ; Hamakari S 373, 20.6667°S 17.4000°E (SMWN); Mount Etjo Safari Lodge , 21.0167°S 16.4167°E (CB); 100 km N OkahanjiaGoogleMaps  , 21.0920°S 16.8280°E (CP); D2414, Etjo-Kalkfeld, Dinosaurus Tracks, 21.1156°S 16.4161°E (CB); D2414, Etjo-Kalkfeld 38 km SE of Kalkfeld GoogleMaps  , 21.1288°S 16.3883°E (CB); Okahandja Townlands, 21.6667°S 17.3333°E (SMWN). Okahandja: Ongambeanavita, 21.5800°S 16.5900°E (SMWN); 25 km N of Okahandja , 21.7619°S 16.8743°E (CB); B2, 31 km W Okahandja, 21.9157°S 16.6199°E (CB); D2192, 4 km jct. B2, 21.9490°S 16.5763°E (CB); Okahandja, 21.9833°S 16.9167°E ( Péringuey, 1909; CP; SMWNAbout SMWN)GoogleMaps  . [Erongo] Dâures: Otjihorongo Reserve, 20.9000°S 15.2000°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN)GoogleMaps  . Omaruru: Otjikoko-Sud 61, 21.2833°S 16.3667°E (SMWN); C33, 6 km S Omaruru, 21.4824°S 15.9508°E (CB); C33, 3– 9 km S of Omaruru , 21.4948°S 15.9705°E (CB)GoogleMaps  ; 20 km SE Omaruru , 21.6250°S 16.1250°E (JP); C33, 30 km jct. B2, 21.6681°S 15.9799°E (CB); C33, 30GoogleMaps  20 km N Karibib   , 21.6833°S 15.9667°E (CB). Karibib: D1935, 30 km NNW Usakos, 21.7833°S 15.5000°E (CB); C33, 17 km jct. B2, 21.8390°S 15.9233°E (CB); Karibib, 21.9333°S 15.8333°E (CB); B2, Usakos-Karibib, 16 km W Karibib GoogleMaps  , 21.9358°S 15.7056°E (CB); B2, 16 km W Karibib, 21.9358°S 15.7056°E (CB); D 1953, 100 m jct.. C32, 21.9552°S 15.8493°E (CB); B2, 8 km W Usakos, 21.9876°S 15.5057°E (CB); D1953, 45 km jct. C32, 22.2963°S 16.0658°E (CB). Arandis: Upper Panner Gorge GoogleMaps  , 22.4833°S 15.0167°E (SMWN). [Khomas] Windhoek Rural: D1525, Windhoek-Gobabis,to Bodenhausen, 1 km N from B6, 22.3968°S 17.6600°E (CB); C23, 26 km S Dordabis, 23.0575°S 17.9329°E (CB); C23, 38 km S Dordabis, 23.0715°S 18.0434°E (CB); D1228, 7 km ENE Rehoboth, 23.2833°S 17.2333°E (CB). Windhoek East: Windhuk, 22.5700°S 17.0836°E (CB); Windhoek, 22.5700°S 17.0836°E (JP). [Omaheke] Aminius: Leonardville, Gobabis, 23.5000°S 18.8000°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN)GoogleMaps  . Steinhausen: 10 km E Witvlei , 25.ii.1977 ( AMNHAbout AMNH)  . [Hardap] Rehoboth Rural: B1, km 21, 23.4999°S 17.1284°E (CB); Garies Oos 489, 23.9000°S 16.5500°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN)GoogleMaps  . Gibeon: Harmonie, 24.7167°S 16.3833°E (SMWN). [Karas] Berseba: Helshoogte, 25.6667°S 16.8000°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN)GoogleMaps  ; C14, 51 km N Bethanien, 26.2919°S 17.0535°E (CB).

Other records: Swakop ( Marseul 1872); Damaraland ( Kaszab 1956); Namib Sand Sea desert ( Seely 2012); Namibia  ( Bologna 2000a; Pitzalis et al. 2014).

Remarks. Types of this species, very distinct by its elytral pattern, are lost, but we examined specimens in the Marseul’s collection ( MNHNAbout MNHN) which have been probably compared with types.

Species greatly isolated in a possible monotypic group. It is well characterized by 11 antennomeres, dense silver setation on the body, but on elytra, mesosternum completely and densely setate, and unique elytral pattern (see Péringuey 1909).


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Hycleus dentatus

Bologna, Marco A., Amore, Valentina & Pitzalis, Monica 2018


Coryna dentata

Bologna 1978


Mylabris tortuosa

Erichson 1843


Hycleus dentatus

Olivier 1811


Mylabris dentata

Olivier 1811