Hycleus africanus

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: 82-84

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

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scientific name

Hycleus africanus
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Ci) Hycleus africanus   species group

We group tentatively in this assemblage some southern African species of the Mesocutatus lineage with ten antennomeres as H. africanus (Olivier, 1811)   , H. namaquus ( Péringuey, 1909)   and H. quadriguttatus (Wulfen, 1786)   . The taxonomy of this group needs a deep revision.

Hycleus   cfr. africanus (Olivier, 1795)   [? = Hycleus insolitus ( Péringuey, 1909)   ] ( Fig. 5E View FIGURE 5 )

Mylabris africana Olivier, 1795  

Decatoma africana, Péringuey 1909  

? Decatoma africana var. insolita Péringuey, 1909   Distribution. Namibia   (new species record for this country) and South Africa.

Material examined. [Khomas] Windhoek Rural: Excelsior 286, 22.4500°S 17.6000°E ( SMWN). GoogleMaps  

Remarks. The single specimen we examined is similar to H. africanus   from Western and Northern Cape but the pronotum is more depressed anteriorly, the head and pronotum punctures are more subrugose and confluent, the head, pronotum and ventral setae are longer and distinctly golden. The mesosternum is illustrated in Fig. 16E View FIGURE 16 . The elytral pattern and setation correspond to that of the var. insolita Péringuey, 1909   , which was considered as a possible distinct species by the South African entomologist. The deeply examination of types of both africanus   and var. insolita   is basic to the resolution of this taxonomic problem.

Hycleus namaquus ( Péringuey, 1909)   comb. n. ( Fig. 5F View FIGURE 5 )

Decatoma namaqua Péringuey, 1909  

Types. Types of this species were examined at SAMC.

Distribution. Southwestern Namibia   (new species record for this country) and northwestern South Africa.

Material examined. [Karas] Lüderitz: Aus , 26.6667°S 16.2667°E (CP). GoogleMaps  

Remarks. Péringuey (1909) used in its monograph of southern African Meloidae   the same name namaqua   for two distinct blister beetles. The first name corresponds to a chromatic variation of H. haemactus   (see above) and consequentlythe, representing only an intraspecific phenetic variation, is taxonomically unvalid. Therefore, the name namaquus   is useful for the second taxon, which was described as distinct species in the genus Decatoma   (a synonym of Hycleus   ) and which is referred to Hycleus   for the first time in the present paper (comb. n.).

The mesosternal “scutum” is very narrow, intermediate between the Mesoscutatus and Mesotaeniatus - type lineages. Antennae have ten black antennomeres, but IV –VI reddish.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Meloidae

Genus

Hycleus

Loc

Hycleus africanus

Bologna, Marco A., Amore, Valentina & Pitzalis, Monica 2018
2018
Loc

Hycleus namaquus ( Péringuey, 1909 )

Bologna & Amore & Pitzalis 2018
2018
Loc

Hycleus insolitus ( Péringuey, 1909 )

Peringuey 1909
1909
Loc

Decatoma africana, Péringuey 1909

Peringuey 1909
1909
Loc

Decatoma africana var. insolita Péringuey, 1909

Peringuey 1909
1909
Loc

Decatoma namaqua Péringuey, 1909

Peringuey 1909
1909
Loc

Hycleus

Latreille 1817
1817
Loc

africanus

Olivier 1795
1795
Loc

Mylabris africana

Olivier 1795
1795