Disonycha spilotrachela Blake

Clark, Shawn M., Lillrose, Tiffany & Belo Neto, Luiz A., 2013, Leaf Beetles of the Cayman Islands (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), Insecta Mundi 2013 (279), pp. 1-41: 22

publication ID

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5175767

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:50B509BC-A8F0-4F02-8DD4-2E5823EFBBA4

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5187900

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/4F725324-FF96-1925-5585-FDBF5C22FAF0

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scientific name

Disonycha spilotrachela Blake
status

 

Disonycha spilotrachela Blake  

( Figure 14)

Disonycha spilotrachela Blake 1928: 96   .

Diagnosis. The greatly enlarged hind femora, in combination with the regularly vittate elytra, immediately distinguish this species from all other chrysomelids known to occur in the Cayman Islands.

Material examined. Cayman Islands, Little Cayman , south coast near Diggary Point, 19°422 N, 80°012W, 20-XI-1993, F. J. Burton, clustered with larvae on severely defoliated Turnera ulmifolia   (1, BYUC; 5, USNM)   .

Extralimital distribution. Cuba, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico ( Takizawa 2003). We have also examined specimens from Great Inagua in the Bahamas ( BYUC, previously unpublished data).

Plant associations. In Puerto Rico, this species has been associated with Ipomoea imperati (Vahl.) Griseb.   ( Convolvulaceae   ), Passiflora foetida   L. ( Passifloraceae   ), and Turnera ulmifolia   L. ( Turneraceae   ) ( Virkki 1980, 1988). As noted above, T. ulmifolia   is also a host in the Cayman Islands.

Comments. It is interesting that this comparatively showy species is represented by a single collection among the Cayman Islands material we have examined. Very likely, there are numerous other species that we have not seen at all.

USNM

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Chrysomelidae

Genus

Disonycha

Loc

Disonycha spilotrachela Blake

Clark, Shawn M., Lillrose, Tiffany & Belo Neto, Luiz A. 2013
2013
Loc

Disonycha spilotrachela

Blake, D. H. 1928: 96
1928