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A new species group of the genus Epicauta dejean of southern south america, the bella group (Coleoptera: Meloidae).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22068944     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Epicauta includes two subgenera, and within the nominotypical subgenus several species groups. Analyzing species of southern South America, a set of species of Epicauta has the particularity to present two distinctive characters which separates this group from the other species groups of American Epicauta: color pattern of pubescence in elytra is not coincident with color pattern of tegument and endophalic hook robust. Based on these characters I propose a new group of species herein named bella group. This group includes the Neotropical species Epicauta bella Mäklin, E. brunneipennis (Haag-Rutemberg), E. diagramma (Burmeister), E. griseonigra (Fairmaire), E. luctifera (Fairmaire), E. riojana (Fairmaire) (new status), and E. zebra (Dohrn). This group is endemic of southern South America, inhabiting the Chaco biogeographical subregion, mainly in the arid northern areas of Argentina. Here we redefine the species of the bella group, consider new characters, illustrate the species in the group, provide maps of their distribution, and a key to identify them.
Authors:
Mp Campos-Soldini
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neotropical entomology     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1678-8052     ISO Abbreviation:  Neotrop. Entomol.     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101189728     Medline TA:  Neotrop Entomol     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  575-86     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Lab de Entomología CICyTTP, CONICET, Diamante, Entre Ríos, Argentina.
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