Annotated review of the Cantharidae and Malachiidae (Coleoptera) of the Maltese Islands
Švihla Vladimír, Mifsud David
Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 46: 89-105, 2006
Abstract: The Cantharidae and Malachiidae (Coleoptera) of the Maltese Islands are
reviewed. Six species of the family Cantharidae are listed, two of which are new
for the Maltese Islands: Cantharis praecox Gené, 1836, and Malthinus latirufus
(Pic, 1901). Malthinus pseudoscriptus Wittmer, 1971, syn. nov. is synonymized
with Malthinus scapularis Marseul, 1878. Male last abdominal segments of
Malthodes cameroni (Pic, 1903) are illustrated for the first time. Fourteen
species of the family Malachiidae are listed, four of which are new for the
Maltese Islands: Sphinginus lobatus (Olivier, 1790), Attalus sicanus Erichson,
1840, Ebaeus ruffoi Pardo, 1962, and Axinotarsus pulicarius (Fabricius, 1775).
Attalus melitensis var. testaceipes Pic, 1903, syn. nov. is synonymized with
Attalus sicanus Erichson, 1840.
Key words: Coleoptera, Cantharidae, Malachiidae, Palaearctic region, Malta, taxonomy, new synonyms, distribution