Two new species of the flea beetle genus Psylliodes Latreille of the montana species-group from Eastern Africa (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)

  • Maurizio Biondi University of L’Aquila, Department of Life, Health and Environmental Science, Section of Environmental Sciences, Italy.
  • Paola D'Alessandro | paola.dalessandro@univaq.it University of L’Aquila, Department of Life, Health and Environmental Science, Section of Environmental Sciences, Italy.

Abstract

In this paper, Psylliodes afromontana sp. nov. and P. shira sp. nov., both from Eastern Africa [Kenya (Kikuyu Escarpment) and Tanzania (Kilimanjaro) respectively], are described. The two new species are attributed to the montana species-group, currently including four other wingless species occurring in the montane forests of Kenya and Tanzania: Psylliodes montana Weise, P. kikuyana Biondi, P. masai Biondi, P. manobioides Nadein. Micrographs of diagnostic characters, comprehending male and female genitalia are supplied. Ecological data for each species, including habitat preference, and phenology are also reported.

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2018-12-21
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Keywords:
Alticini, new species, Afrotropical region, Kenya, Tanzania
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Biondi, M., & D’Alessandro, P. (2018). Two new species of the flea beetle genus Psylliodes Latreille of the montana species-group from Eastern Africa (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Fragmenta Entomologica, 50(2), 87-94. https://doi.org/10.4081/fe.2018.305