Hycleus lavaterae

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: 73

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4373.1.1

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persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/F72687E4-FFDF-FF85-FF5F-FF55FED94FC4

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scientific name

Hycleus lavaterae
status

 

Cd) Hycleus lavaterae  species group

This group is composed by a few large-sized southern African species with mesosternum of Mesoscutatus - type, five basal antennomeres black and maxillary stipes not greatly modified. It includes at least H. haemactus (Fairmaire, 1888)  , H. lavaterae (Fabricius, 1801)  , H. plagiatus (Pallas, 1782)  , H. testudo ( Marseul, 1872)  , and perhaps H. capeneri ( Pardo Alcaide, 1963)  and H. tettensis (Gerstäcker, 1854)  . The possible conspecificity of some of these species must be tested.

Hycleus haemactus (Fairmaire, 1888)  ( Fig. 4SView FIGURE4)

Mylabris haemacta Fairmaire, 1888 

Distribution. Southwestern Namibia  and northwestern South Africa.

Material examined and literature records. [Erongo] Walvis Bay Rural: Kuiseb Canyon , 23.3667°S 15.6667°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN)GoogleMaps  . [Karas] Lüderitz  : Plateau 38, 26.6667°S 16.5333°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN)GoogleMaps  ; Aar 16, 26.7167°S 16.4667°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN)GoogleMaps  ; Skorpion area , 27.8167°S 16.6000°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN)GoogleMaps  . Karasburg: Nukois 269, Warmbad , 27.3833°S 18.9667°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN)GoogleMaps  ; Hobas 374, 27.6167°S 17.7167°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN)GoogleMaps  . Oranjemund: Ai-Ais Warmbad , 27.9167°S 17.4833°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN); Fish River Canyon (CB)GoogleMaps  ; Orange River, 28.0333°S 17.0667°E ( SMWNAbout SMWN)GoogleMaps  .

Other records: Namibia ( Bologna 2000a)  ; Namib Sand Sea desert ( Seely 2012).

Remarks. Types of this species were examined at MNHNAbout MNHN.

This species is strictly related to H. lavaterae  and H. testudo  , and differs from both at least because of the antennomeres VI –XI distinctly orange and not infuscate. The study of types is necessary to confirm the validity of this complex.

SMWN

State Museum

MNHN

Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Meloidae

Genus

Hycleus