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Title: Classification, natural history, and evolution of Epiphloeinae (Coleoptera: Cleridae). Pt. 6, The genera Epiphlaeus Spinola and Opitzius Barr

Creator:

Opitz, Weston

Date issued/created:

2008

Resource Type:

Article : original article

Subtitle:

Annales Zoologici, vol. 58, no 1 ; Epiphloeinae ; The genera Epiphlaeus Spinola and Opitzius Barr

Contributor:

Muzeum i Instytut Zoologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk

Publisher:

Natura optima dux Foundation

Place of publishing:

Warszawa

Description:

Bibliogr. p. 33-34 ; P. 1-34 : ill. ; 27 cm ; Abstract in Spanish. Taxa in Latin

Abstract:

New World genus Epiphlaeus is redefined and evolutionarily linked to its sister genus Opitzius Barr. Epiphlaeus includes six species as follows: E. adonis sp. nov., E. duodecimmaculatus (Klug), E. fundurufus sp. nov., E. princeps (Gorham), E. pulcherrimus (Gorham), E. quattuordecimmaculatus Chevrolat, and E. tigrinus sp. nov. The monotypic Opitzius is based on O. thoracicus Barr. Specimens of these two genera are variously deposited in 37 institutional and private collections. These checkered beetles frequent the surface of felled tree boles to forage on adults and immatures of lignicolous insects. Their large size and mobility make them very noticeable on the bark of fallen trees. It is postulated that they are participants in a mimetic ring with log-inhabiting mutillids and flies part of the mimetic mix. Hennigian principles were applied to 22 adult morphological characters, which yielded a nearly totally resolved phylogenetic hypothesis between Epiphlaeus and Opitzius, and among Epiphlaeus species groups. The combined geographical range of the inclusive species extends from northwestern Nicaragua to southeastern Brazil. It is hypothesized that ancestral Epiphlaeus – Opitzius evolved in South America with some descendants entering Insular Central America after closure of the Panamanian portals during the Miocene. Pleistocene climatic factors are thought to have influenced species diversity, and perhaps speciation events in conjunction with aspects of dispersal, vicariance, and taxon pulse dynamics.

Relation:

Annales Zoologici

Volume:

58

Issue:

1

Start page:

1

End page:

34

Format:

application/pdf

Resource Identifier:

oai:rcin.org.pl:58575

Source:

MiIZ PAN, call no. P.255, vol 58, no 1 ; MiIZ PAN, call no. P.4314, vol 58, no 1 ; click here to follow the link

Language:

eng ; sum. eng ; spa

Rights:

Rights Reserved - Restricted Access

Terms of use:

Copyright-protected material. Access only on terminals at the Museum and Institute of Zoology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, may be used within the limits of statutory user freedoms.

Digitizing institution:

Museum and Institute of Zoology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Original in:

Library of the Museum and Institute of Zoology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Projects co-financed by:

Programme Innovative Economy, 2010-2014, Priority Axis 2. R&D infrastructure ; European Union. European Regional Development Fund

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