Wednesday, November 21, 2012

[Entomology • 2010] Pterobius itiokai • A new genus and species of myrmecophilous aphodiine beetle (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) inhabiting the myrmecophytic epiphyte Platycerium sp. (Polypodiaceae) in the Bornean rainforest canopy



Abstract

Pterobius itiokai Maruyama, gen. n. and sp. n., (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae) is described from Lambir Hills National Park, Borneo based on specimens collected from a Crematogaster diff ormis ant nest in the myrmecophytic epiphytic fern genus Platycerium. Pterobius belongs to the tribe Eupariini and is closely related to the Indo-Australian genus Cnematoplatys.

Keywords: Myrmecophily, Crematogaster diff ormis, Aphodiinae, Eupariini, Cnematoplatys


Pterobius Maruyama, gen. n.
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Type species. Pterobius itiokai Maruyama, sp. n.
Etymology. Combination of the Greek pteris and –bios, meaning inhabitant of ferns. Gender masculine.


Maruyama M (2010) A new genus and species of myrmecophilous aphodiine beetle (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae) inhabiting the myrmecophytic epiphyte Platycerium sp. (Polypodiaceae) in the Bornean rainforest canopy. In: Ratcliff e B, Krell F-T (Eds) Current advances in Scarabaeoidea research. ZooKeys.  34: 49–54. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.34.281

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