Hycleus tripunctatus, Bologna & Amore & Pitzalis, 2018

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: 58

publication ID

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

publication LSID

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persistent identifier

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scientific name

Hycleus tripunctatus
status

 

Ab) Hycleus tripunctatus   species group

Hycleus tripunctatus (Thunberg, 1791)   comb. n. ( Fig. 3P View FIGURE 3 )

Meloe tripunctata Thunberg, 1791  

Types. Types of this species were not examined.

Distribution. Southern Namibia   (new species record for this country) and western South Africa.

Material examined and literature records. [Karas] Karasburg : 3 km S of Warmbad, 28.4833°S 18.7667°E ( SMWN). GoogleMaps  

Remarks. This species is well distinct by its mesosternum, anteriorly more elevated and with a clear prominent line which divides this narrow area, but without forming a clear “scutum”. Actually, this structure of mesosternum appears intermediate between that of the lineages Mesogorbatus and Mesotaeniatus. A such mesosternum is common to H. coecus (Thunberg, 1791)   and H. connexus ( Marsel, 1872)   (see Pardo Alcaide 1963), both from South Africa, but in these two species there is a tuft of very long setae on the posterior margin of the elevated fore area, lacking in H. tripunctatus   . Relationships among these three species need to be tested molecularly.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Meloidae

Genus

Hycleus