Melanterius tasmaniensis ( Lea, 1909 )

Pinzón-Navarro, Sara V., Jennings, Debbie & Oberprieler, Rolf G., 2017, Host associations of Melanterius Erichson (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Cleogonini), with a diagnosis and delimitation of the genus and description of five new species, Zootaxa 4298 (1), pp. 1-77 : 24

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4298.1.1

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:6F38752A-0669-488E-879B-8881EC80ECF2

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6017953

persistent identifier

https://treatment.plazi.org/id/A160333C-FFBF-FF8A-F287-A8B0A73CA698

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scientific name

Melanterius tasmaniensis ( Lea, 1909 )
status

 

Melanterius tasmaniensis ( Lea, 1909) comb. et stat. n.

( Figs. 40–41 View FIGURES 40 – 43 )

Melanteriosoma costatum var. tasmaniense Lea, 1909: 186

This species was described from Hobart and New Norfolk in Tasmania as a variety of M. costatus , but it differs from the latter in having not a short carina between the meso- and metacoxae but a small, somewhat compressed peg behind each mesocoxa, a more deeply concave, bowl-shaped mesoventral receptacle, completely separate procoxae (the anterior and posterior prosternal processes meeting between them; not so in M. costatus ) and only weakly costate interstriae 3 and 5. Its penis ( Fig. 41 View FIGURES 40 – 43 ) also differs, the body being laterally rounded but slightly constricted in the apical quarter and both the apical and basal pairs of endophallic sclerites being larger and thicker. The species appears to have been known only from Tasmania in the past, but we here record it also from New South Wales and the A.C. T.

No hosts have been recorded for the species before. We collected it on seven Acacia species but mainly on A. dealbata (12 of 24 specimens), with A. polybotrya (6 specimens), A. decurrens (2), A. mearnsii (1), A. baileyana (1), A. deanii (1) and A. leucoclada (1) yielding far fewer ( Table 1). Its true host may be A. dealbata ( Table 2).

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Curculionidae

Genus

Melanterius

Loc

Melanterius tasmaniensis ( Lea, 1909 )

Pinzón-Navarro, Sara V., Jennings, Debbie & Oberprieler, Rolf G. 2017
2017
Loc

Melanteriosoma costatum var. tasmaniense

Lea 1909: 186
1909