|Hyboserica sebastiani |
Fabrizi, Eberle & Ahrens, 2019
A taxonomic revision of Hyboserica uncovers an unexpected diversity of species from Southern African forest remnants. The work results in the description of a new genus, Leoserica gen. nov., a new combination, a new synonymy and 32 new species are described. The lectotypes of Serica capensis and Triodonta caffra are designated. The habitus and male genitalia of all revised species are illustrated. A species distribution map and an identification key to the species are provided. Phylogenetic analysis reveals a deep split into one very diverse eastern clade that is distributed north to Zimbabwe, and one western clade that is restricted to the fynbos of the Cape Region.
Keywords: beetles, fynbos, morphology, phylogeny, Sericini
|Figure 1. Male and female of Hyboserica sebastiani sp. nov. in copulation.|
Silvia Fabrizi, Jonas Eberle and Dirk Ahrens. 2019. Unexpected Diversity of Hyboserica Chafers in South African Forest Remnants: Cladistic Analysis, New Species and the New Genus Leoserica (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 186(4); 950–982. DOI: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zly095