An annotated list of the Lepidoptera of Honduras
Jaqueline Y. Miller
Deborah L. Matthews
Andrew D. Warren
M. Alma Solis
Donald J. Harvey
Thomas C. Emmel
Charles V. , Jr. Covell
- A biodiversity inventory of the Lepidoptera of Pico Bonito National Park and vicinity, in the Department
of Atlantida of northern Honduras, was initiated in 2009 to obtain baseline data. We present a revised checklist
of Honduran butterfly species (updated from the initial 1967 lists), as well as the first comprehensive list of
Honduran moths. Our updated list includes 550 species of Papilionoidea, 311 Hesperioidea, and 1,441 moth
The apterous endemic genus Omphra Dejean (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Helluonini) of the Indian subcontinent: taxonomy with notes on habits and distributional patterns
Shiju T. Raj
Thomas K. Sabu
- Among the four oriental genera of the tribe Helluonini, Omphra Dejean (Coleoptera: Carabidae), is
unique for its endemism to the Indian subcontinent and aptery. High intraspecies variability in morphological
characters and limited diagnostic information makes species differentiation of the genus Omphra a complicated
task. The present study provides a description of a new species, Omphra drumonti n. sp. from the Western
Ghats, redescriptions and a key to the species of Omphra, details of intraspecies variation, discussion of relationships
between taxa and distributional patterns of the genus. Based on the distributional patterns in the Indian
subcontinent and flightlessness of the genus, inability to cross the physical barrier of the Ganges–Brahmaputra
delta between north and peninsular India is indicated as the reason for its absence in the northeastern Indian
subcontinent and endemism to the lower Indian subcontinent.
The milliped genus Euryurus Koch, 1847 (Polydesmida: Euryuridae) west of the Mississippi River; occurrence of E. leachii (Gray, 1832) on Crowley’s Ridge, Arkansas
Rowland M. Shelley
Chris T. McAllistor
Henry W. Robinson
- The milliped genus Euryurus Koch, 1847, and the species, E. leachii (Gray, 1832) (Polydesmida: Euryuridae),
are recorded from three sites on the northern part of Crowley’s Ridge (Cross, Lee, and Poinsett counties), Arkansas,
where the only prior familial records are of Auturus evides (Bollman, 1887). Coupled with the published locality of
E. leachii in Phillips Co., at the southern extremity of the Ridge, the only known occurrences of both the genus and
species in Arkansas and west of the Mississippi River are in this physiographic feature. The Arkansas population
is geographically peripheral but anatomically intermediate between the two recognized subspecies, E. l. leachii and
E. l. fraternus Hoffman, 1978, and we do not assign it to a race. Molecular investigations seem necessary to resolve
relationships in the “E. leachii complex.”
Chalcosicya maya n. sp, a new Mexican species (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Eumoplinae) and its implications for morphology and biogeography
R. Wills Flowers
- Chalcosicya maya, new species, (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Eumolpinae) is described and the species
key of Blake (1951) is modified to accommodate it. This is the first known mainland species of this previously
Antillean genus. Sclerotized rods in the apical segment of the ovipositor of Chalcosicya Blake and related genera
are shown to be useful systematic characters within the eumolpine tribe Adoxini. Relationships with other genera
suggest that Chalcosicya belongs to a clade derived from ancestors with a western Tethyian distribution.
Recognition of Chyrsobothris thoracica guadeloupensis Descarpentries, 1981 at the species level (Coleoptera: Buprestidae)
Norman E. Woddley
- Evidence is presented that the subspecies Chrysobothris thoracica guadeloupensis Descarpentries, 1981
(Coleoptera: Buprestidae) should be recognized at the species level. Character evidence is provided to separate C.
guadeloupensis, new status, from C. thoracica Fabricius, 1798. Both species are illustrated with habitus photographs
and images of the male genitalia.
New records of biting midges of the genus Culicoides Latreille from Mexico (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae)
M. Rodríguez Castrejón
William L Grogan Jr.
- We provide the first records of six species of biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in the genus
Culicoides Latreille from Mexico: C. baueri Hoffman, C. castillae Fox, C. debilipalpis Lutz, C. iriartei Fox, C. leoni
Barbosa and C. pusilloides Wirth and Blanton. In addition, C. leopoldoi Ortiz is confirmed from Mexico, and new
records are included for 25 other species previously recorded in Mexico: C. arubae Fox and Hoffman, C. blantoni Vargas
and Wirth, C. crepuscularis Malloch, C. daedalus Macfie, C. diabolicus Hoffman, C. foxi Ortiz, C. furens (Poey), C.
gabaldoni Ortiz, C. haematopotus Malloch, C. hylas Macfie, C. insignis Lutz, C. jamaicensis Edwards, C. luteovenus
Root and Hoffman, C. neopulicaris Wirth, C. nigrigenus Wirth and Blanton, C. pampoikilus Macfie, C. panamensis
Barbosa, C. paraensis (Goeldi), C. phlebotomus (Williston), C. poikilonotus Macfie, C. pusillus Lutz, C. stigmalis Wirth,
and all three species in the C. (Monoculicoides) variipennis complex, C. variipennis (Coquillett), C. occidentalis Wirth
and Jones, and C. sonorensis Wirth and Jones.
A summary of the endemic beetle genera of the West Indies (Insecta: Coleoptera); bioindicators of the evolutionary richness of this Neotropical archipelago
Stewart B. Peck
Daniel E. Perez-Gelabert
- The Caribbean Islands (or the West Indies) are recognized as one of the leading global biodiversity hot
spots. This is based on data on species, genus, and family diversity for vascular plants and non-marine vertebrates. This
paper presents data on genus level endemicity for the most speciose (but less well publicised) group of terrestrial
animals: the beetles, with 205 genera (in 25 families) now recognized as being endemic (restricted) to the West Indies.
The predominant families with endemic genera are Cerambycidae (41), Chrysomelidae (28), Curculionidae (26), and
Staphylinidae (25). This high level of beetle generic endemicity can be extrapolated to suggest that a total of about
700 genera of all insects could be endemic to the West Indies. This far surpasses the total of 269 endemic genera of all
plants and non-marine vertebrates, and reinforces the biodiversity richness of the insect fauna of the West Indies.
Tropidosteptes forestierae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Miridae: Mirinae): A New Species of Plant Bug Injuring Ornamental Florida Swampprivet, Forestiera segregata (Oleaceae), in South Florida
Thomas J. Henry
Doug L. Caldwell
Susan E. Halbert
- The mirine plant bug Tropidosteptes forestierae, new species (Hemiptera: Miridae) is described from
Collier County, Florida, where it was found causing serious injury to an extensive ornamental hedge of Florida swampprivet, Forestiera segregata (Jacq.) Krug and Urb. (Oleaceae). Adult male and female, fifth instar, and egg are described. Color images of the adults, nymph, egg, and injury; scanning photomicrographs of selected adult structures; and illustrations of male genitalia are provided. A key to help distinguish the 16 species of Tropidosteptes known to occur in the southeastern United States is given.
A new species of Chrysina Kirby (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae) from Oaxaca, Mexico
José Monzón Sierra
- Chrysina arellanoi new species (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae) is described from the southernmost
part of the Sierra Madre del Sur in Oaxaca, Mexico
First record of Megischus brunneus Cresson, 1865 (Hymenoptera: Stephanidae) from Hispaniola, the Antilles
Julio A. Genaro
- The occurrence of Megischus brunneus Cresson (Hymenoptera: Stephanidae) is recorded for the first time
from Hispaniola, the Antilles. The species was previously known from southern Florida and Cuba. This finding further
demonstrates the similarities between the Cuban and Hispaniolan biota.