Tuesday, December 6, 2011

[Insect • 2010] Himalusa thailandensis • New species & the first record of the genus Himalusa for Thailand

A new aleocharine species, Himalusa thailandensis Pace, Klimaszewski & Center sp. n., found feeding on sewer vine, Paederia pilifera Hook. f., in Thailand, is described and illustrated. This is the first record of the genus Himalusa for Thailand. Himalusa was previously known from the Himalayan region in Nepal where it was originally described. New data on bionomics and distribution are provided, including a discussion on the potential use of this species in the biological control of weeds in the United States. A short diagnosis, description, colour habitus images of adult and larva, and black and white genital images are provided. A key to the world species of Himalusa is also given. A new tribe Himalusini Klimaszewski, Pace & Center, is erected to accommodate Himalusa species.

Keywords: Himalusa, Aleocharinae, Coleoptera, Thailand, new species, phytophagous, biological control, weeds, Paederia pilifera, sewer vin

Etymology. The specific name is a feminine adjective derived from the country name Thailand, where the type series was found.

Distribution. Adult specimens were collected from Lampang and Prachuap Kin Kan (Prachuap Khiri Khan) provinces, both in Thailand.

:: Key to Himalusa species of the world
(Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae) ::

Klimaszewski J, Pace R, Center TD, Couture J (2010) A remarkable new species of Himalusa Pace from Thailand (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae): phytophagous aleocharine beetle with potential for bio-control of skunkvine-related weeds in the United States. ZooKeys. 35: 1–12. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.35.329