Cryptophagidae

Leschen, Richard A. B. & Bowestead, Stanley, 2001, Synonymical Notes For Corylophidae And Cryptophagidae (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea), The Coleopterists Bulletin 55 (3), pp. 312-316: 314-315

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http://doi.org/ 10.1649/0010-065x(2001)055[0312:snfcac]2.0.co;2

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scientific name

Cryptophagidae
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Cryptophagidae  

Circumtropical Atomariinae   : Cryptafricini  

Anitamaria Leschen, 1996: 625   . Type species: Anitamaria thayerorum Leschen, 1996   (original designation).

Scytomaria Lyubarsky, 1998a: 2   . Type species: Scytomaria himalaica Lyubarsky, 1998   (original designation). New synonymy.

Notes. Type specimens of Scytomaria himalaica   are very similar to those that Leschen (1996) examined for his generic description of Anitamaria   , which included an undescribed species similar to S. himalaica   also from Nepal (see appendix in Leschen 1996, deposited in MNHG). The synonymy results in the new combination Anitamaria himalaica (Lyubarsky)   .

The phylogenetic classification of Leschen (1996) was amended subsequently by Lyubarsky (1998b) to include several new family­group taxa. Critical assessment of all of the steps of Lyubarsky’s (1998b) analysis was not possible, though Leschen’s (1996) data matrix was modified (10% of the original characters were changed) and four new characters and two additional taxa ( Scytomaria   and Hypophagus Lyubarsky   ) were added. Remarkably, the relationships among the higher taxa in the one tree presented by Lyubarsky (1998b) were not significantly different from those presented by Leschen (1996) with the exception of Atomariinae   . Lyubarsky (1998 b) splits the tribe Cryptafricini Leschen   into three separate tribes: Cryptafricini   , Microphagini Lyubarsky and Scytomariini Lyubarsky. Surprisingly, Cryptafricini   was found to be paraphyletic because this tribe was strongly supported by 12 characters in the reference tree (and other trees) discussed by Leschen (1996). Possibly, the paraphyly of Cryptafricini   is the result of wrongly duplicating Anitamaria   and Scytomaria   in the revised data matrix. A more detailed evaluation of Ljubarsky’s (1998 b) methods is beyond the scope of this paper though his analytical work on Cryptophagidae   has been criticised in the Russian literature (Kirejtshuk and Kryzhanovskij 1998).

Lyubarsky (1998b) increased the number of higher taxa contained in the two subfamilies of Cryptophagidae   from six tribes to four supertribes, nine tribes, and seven subtribes. Included are new family­group names for south temperate Cryptosomatulini, a group for which specimens were not examined by Lyubarsky (1998 b) and is poorly known anyway ( Leschen 1996). The proliferation of family­group names seems unwarranted especially when critical specimens have not been examined.

Material Examined ( SMNS). 3, Nepal, Myagdi Distr. 1995, Myagdi Khola N. Dobang, 2,800­3,100 m, 22.­24. V. Martens & Schawaller; Paratypus, Scytomaria himalaica   n. sp. Lyubarsky   .

SMNS

Staatliches Museum fuer Naturkund Stuttgart

V

Royal British Columbia Museum - Herbarium

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Cryptophagidae

Loc

Cryptophagidae

Leschen, Richard A. B. & Bowestead, Stanley 2001
2001
Loc

Scytomaria

Lyubarsky 1998: 2
1998
Loc

Anitamaria

Leschen 1996: 625
1996