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A new species of Meligethes Stephens from China and additional data on members of the M. chinensis species-complex (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae, Meligethinae)

Meike Liu, Min Huang, Andrew Richard Cline, Simone Sabatelli, Paolo Audisio
  • Meike Liu
    Key Laboratory of Plant Protection Resources and Pest Management of Ministry of Education, Entomological Museum, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shaanxi, China
  • Min Huang
    Key Laboratory of Plant Protection Resources and Pest Management of Ministry of Education, Entomological Museum, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shaanxi, China | huangmin@nwsuaf.edu.cn
  • Andrew Richard Cline
    Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, California Department of Food & Agriculture, Sacramento, CA, United States
  • Simone Sabatelli
    Dipartimento di Biologia e Biotecnologie “Charles Darwin”, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Paolo Audisio
    Dipartimento di Biologia e Biotecnologie “Charles Darwin”, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Abstract

Meligethes (Odontogethes) inexpectatus sp. n. is described from China, Sichuan Province. The new species is based on a female specimen previously incorrectly referred to as Meligethes scrobescens Chen, Lin, Huang & Yang, 2015, which was recently described from a series of male specimens collected in the same area. Both species belong to the taxonomically difficult species-group related to M. chinensis Kirejtshuk, 1979, including a dozen closely related species distributed throughout Nepal and SW and Central China. The true female of Meligethes scrobescens is also described, based on recently collected material from China (Hubei and Chongqing), including a series of male and female specimens. Diagnostic characters distinguishing the new species from all other known members of the M. chinensis species-group and species-complex are discussed, and their overall range distribution are depicted. Additional data on geographic distribution and larval ecology of some of the closely related species are also reported.

Keywords

taxonomy, distribution, host-plants, pollen beetles, cryptic species

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