New genera and species of mimetic Cleridae from Mexico and Central America (Coleoptera: Cleroidea)

  • New genera and species of putatively mimetic Cleridae (Coleoptera: Cleroidea) are described from Mexico and Central America: Namba testacea, new genus and species from Nuevo León, Mexico; Aulicoides leavengoodi, new genus and species from Jalisco, Mexico; and Quadrophenia, new genus, which includes Q. townshendi, new species, from Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, Q. mooni, new species, from Costa Rica, Q. entwistlei, new species, from Guatemala and Honduras, Q. daltreyi, new species, from Costa Rica, and Q. sumidero new species, from Chiapas, Mexico. A key to the species of Quadrophenia is provided. All of the newly described species are hypothesized to be Batesian mimics of aposematically colored coleopteran models, some of which are known to be chemically protected.

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Author:Jacques RifkindORCiD
Parent Title (English):Insecta mundi
Series (Serial Number):Insecta Mundi (591)
Publisher:Flora & Fauna Publ.
Place of publication:Gainesville, Fla.
Document Type:Part of Periodical
Year of Completion:2017
Year of first Publication:2017
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2018/01/30
Tag:Chrysomelidae; Melyridae; Taxonomy; checkered beetles; cloud forest; pine forest; tropical deciduous forest
Page Number:20
First Page:1
Last Page:18
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Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
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