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Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae

Volume 50 - Number 1
published on: 30th June 2010
Volume 50 (1)
Chlond DominikA new species of the Madagascan genus Censorinus (Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Reduviinae)Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 1-6
Abstract: A new species of the genus Censorinus Distant, 1903, C. karinae sp. nov., is described, based on a single male from Madagascar selected from unidentified materials in the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris. The habitus and diagnostic characters of the male genitalia are illustrated.
Moulet PierreStirogaster kmenti sp. nov., a new species from Iran (Heteroptera, Reduviidae, Stenopodainae)Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 7-13
Abstract: Stirogaster kmenti sp. nov. is described from Iran (Fars and Kerman provinces). The new species is close to S. uvarovi China, 1934 and S. ahriman Rédei, 2005. The identification key of Stirogaster species (Moulet 2005) is modified.
Rédei Dávid, Tsai Jing-FuA survey of the saicine assassin bugs of Taiwan (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae)Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 15-32
Abstract: The assassin bug subfamily Saicinae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae) of Taiwan is surveyed. Seven species belonging to the genera Gallobelgicus Distant, 1906 and Polytoxus Spinola, 1850 are recognized. Lectotype is designated for Saica fuscovittata Stål, 1860 (currently Polytoxus), a species of doubtful identity until now. The following new synonymies are proposed: Polytoxus fuscovittatus (Stål, 1860) = P. selangorensis Miller, 1940, syn. nov., = P. rufi ceps Hsiao, 1965, syn. nov. Polytoxus rufi nervis ardens Ishikawa & Yano, 2002, stat. nov., is downgraded to a subspecies of P. rufi nervis Hsiao, 1965. The saicine genera and species occurring in Taiwan are keyed and diagnosed. Distributional data are provided for species occurring in Taiwan and several South and South-East Asian countries (Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam. Philippines, India).
Ghahari Hassan, Linnavuori Rauno E., Moulet Pierre, Ostovan HadiAn annotated catalogue of the Iranian Nabidae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera)Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 33-44
Abstract: The Iranian fauna of the Nabidae is summarized in this paper. In total, four genera (Alloeorhynchus Fieber, 1860, Himacerus Wolff, 1811, Nabis Latreille, 1802 and Prostemma Laporte, 1832), 22 species and subspecies are listed from Iran. Three of these species are new for the Iranian fauna: Nabis (Nabicula) flavomarginatus Scholtz, 1847, Nabis (Nabis) rugosus (Linnaeus, 1758) and Prostemma carduelis Dohrn, 1858.
Wheeler Alfred G., Skaftason Johannes F. Notes on the feeding behavior of Teratocoris saundersi (Hemiptera: Miridae) in Iceland: phytophagy, zoophagy, and adventitious bitingActa Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 45-52
Abstract: Host plants of the stenodemine mirid Teratocoris saundersi Douglas & Scott, 1869 in Iceland include the grasses Agrostis capillaris, Deschampsia cespitosa, Elymus repens, and Leymus arenarius (Poaceae), and sedges, Carex spp. (Cyperaceae). Specific host associations for T. saundersi in Iceland previously were unknown. Larvae and adults fed mainly on leaves and stems of their graminoid hosts; during cloudy weather, the bugs were observed in thatch beneath host plants. An adult fed on nectar from a flower of arctic sea rocket, Cakile arctica (Brassicaceae). Larvae and adults fed occasionally as predators or scavengers on small Diptera and pierced human skin. Observations on zoophagy further document the use of animal matter by species of Teratocoris Fieber, 1858, whereas adventitious biting by T. saundersi is reported for the first time. The zoophagous tendencies of T. saundersi might contrast with the feeding habits of stenodemines that are regarded as strict phytophages, for example, most species of Stenodema Laporte, 1833 and Trigonotylus Fieber, 1858.
Stehlík Jaroslav L., Kment PetrLargus giganteus sp. nov. from Brazil and notes on hybridization within Largus (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Largidae)Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 53-58
Abstract: A new species of the family Largidae, Largus giganteus sp. nov., is described from Brazil. The possible hybridization among several Central American species of Largus Hahn, 1831 is noted.
Brailovsky Harry, Barrera ErnestoFive new species of Catorhintha (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Coreidae: Coreinae: Coreini) from Mexico and South AmericaActa Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 59-74
Abstract: Five new species of Catorhintha Stål, 1859 (Coreidae), Catorhintha bellatula sp. nov. (French Guiana), Catorhintha bicornigera sp. nov. (Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela), Catorhintha sticta sp. nov. (Mexico), Catorhintha tamaulipeca sp. nov. (Mexico), and Catorhintha tumula sp. nov. (French Guiana), are described. Drawings of the abdomen in lateral view, male genital capsule and paramere, along with a dorsal view habitus of some adult species, are provided. The genus is reported for the fi rst time in French Guiana.
Vilímová Jitka, Rohanová MarkétaThe external morphology of eggs of three Rhopalidae species (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) with a review of the eggs of this familyActa Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 75-95
Abstract: The external morphology of eggs and manner of oviposition ofthree rhopalid species, Brachycarenus tigrinus (Schilling, 1829), Chorosoma schillingi (Schilling, 1829) and Rhopalus (Aeschyntelus) maculatus (Fieber, 1837) are described. The eggs were studied using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and the results complete previous observations.The emphasis of the study is on the characteristics of eggs and details of oviposition in representatives of the family Rhopalidae. The chorionic origin of attachment stalk was confi rmed only in the Chorosomatini. A completely smooth egg chorion was recognized in R. (A.) maculatus, as a unique condition within at least the Pentatomomorpha.
Falamarzi Shahram, Putz Andreas, Heidari Mohammad, Nasserzadeh HivaConfirmed occurrence of Hydroscapha granulum in Iran, with notes on its biology (Coleoptera: Myxophaga: Hydroscaphidae)Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 97-106
Abstract: During 2008 and 2009, a study of the hygropetric fauna was carried out in the provinces of Fars and Mazandaran in Iran. Fifteen hygropetric sites were sampled and the Hydroscapha specimens were recorded at twelve of them. All specimens collected were identifi ed as Hydroscapha granulum (Motschulsky, 1855). Taxonomic and distributional features of this species, also some remarks regarding the ecological preferences are provided. Our study represents the fi rst records of Hydroscapha granulum in Iran confi rmed by the study of male genitalia.
Fikacek Martin, Falamarzi ShahramGeorissus persicus sp. nov. from Iran, with notes on the West-Palaearctic species of the G. laesicollis group (Coleoptera: Georissidae)Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 107-116
Abstract: Georissus persicus sp. nov. belonging to the G. laesicollis group is described from Iran (Khuzestan and Fars Provinces). Relevant characters of the new species are illustrated and the species is compared with G. laesicollis Germar, 1831 and G. trifossulatus Motschulsky, 1843. The latter species is redescribed and its lectotype is designated.
Hoshina Hideto, Fikáček MartinMorphological study and taxonomic revision of the genus Nipponocercyon (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Sphaeridiinae)Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 117-130
Abstract: External morphology and male genitalia of the endemic Japanese genus Nipponocercyon Satô, 1963 are examined and the taxonomy of the genus revised based on specimens from nine localities at the islands of Kyushu, Shikoku and Honshu. All examined specimens are found to belong to the same species, N. shibatai Satô, 1963, which shows a considerable intraspecifi c geographic variability in the shape of the preepisternal elevation of the mesothorax, intersticial microsculpture of the mentum, pronotum and elytra and the morphology of the basal portion of the elytra. Two new synonyms of N. shibatai are proposed, N. shibatai oyamanum Nakane, 1968, syn. nov. and N. monticola Nakane, 1968, syn. nov. Important diagnostic characters of the genus as well as the intraspecific variability of the above characters are illustrated in line drawings and SEM photographs. Geographic patterns of the variability are discussed.
Hromádka LubomírA revision of the Afrotropical species of the Philonthus arrowianus species group (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Philonthina)Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 131-144
Abstract: The paper deals with the species of the subgenus Tasgius s. str. of the genus Tasgius Stephens, 1829, known to occur at present on the territory of the People’s Republic of China. Tasgius praetorius Bernhauer, 1915 is redescribed and a lectotype is designated for it. Three species are described as new: T. pugio sp. nov. (Gansu), T. congener sp. nov. (Gansu) and T. venustus sp. nov. (Xinjiang). Each species is described, illustrated and all available distributional and bionomic data are given.
Smetana AlešContributions to the knowledge of the ‘Staphylinus-complex’ of China (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Staphylinini). Part 22. The genus Tasgius Stephens, 1829, Section 1Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 145-155
Abstract: The paper deals with the species of the subgenus Tasgius s. str. of the genus Tasgius Stephens, 1829, known to occur at present on the territory of the People’s Republic of China. Tasgius praetorius Bernhauer, 1915 is redescribed and a lectotype is designated for it. Three species are described as new: T. pugio sp. nov. (Gansu), T. congener sp. nov. (Gansu) and T. venustus sp. nov. (Xinjiang). Each species is described, illustrated and all available distributional and bionomic data are given.
Batelka JanA review of Ripiphoridae in the Arabian Peninsula (Coleoptera: Tenebrionoidea)Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 157-166
Abstract: Distribution of the Ripiphoridae (Coleoptera: Tenebrionoidea) in the Arabian Peninsula is evaluated. Six species belonging to the genera Macrosiagon Hentz, 1830 and Ripiphorus Bosc, 1791 are figured and keyed, and the distribution of each species is mapped. Including new and previously published records, the Ripiphoridae are now reported from 19 localities of the Arabian Peninsula and offshore islands. Coordinates for each exact locality are given.
Kejval ZbyněkTaxonomic revision of the genus Andrahomanus (Coleoptera: Anthicidae)Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 167-188
Abstract: The genus Andrahomanus Pic, 1903 is redescribed along with Andrahomanus luteipes Pic, 1903 and Anthicus particularis Pic, 1932. Five species of the genus are described as new: A. crassicornis sp. nov. (South Africa), A. opacus sp. nov. (Namibia), A. ovaliceps sp. nov. (South Africa), A. sabulicola sp. nov. (South Africa), A. scholaris sp. nov. (Namibia, Botswana). A new combination, Andrahomanus particularis (Pic, 1932) comb. nov. (transferred from Anthicus Paykull, 1798), is proposed. A lectotype is designated for Anthicus particularis Pic, 1932. A key to species of Andrahomanus is provided.
Kejval ZbyněkStudies on the genus Anthelephila (Coleoptera: Anthicidae) 11. New species and records from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and OmanActa Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 189-234
Abstract: Fifteen new species of Anthelephila Hope, 1833 are described: Anthelephila adivasi sp. nov., A. bacillipes sp. nov., A. interposita sp. nov., A. kailasa sp. nov., A. kali sp. nov., A. lubopetra sp. nov., A. maharani sp. nov., A. pateva sp. nov., A. sevciki sp. nov., A. triungula sp. nov., A. tryznai sp. nov. (all India), A. bheri sp. nov., A. comes sp. nov., A. vishnumati sp. nov. (all Nepal), and A. insperata sp. nov. (Oman). Male characters of Anthelephila umbratilis (Krekich-Strassoldo, 1928) are figured. New faunistic records of Anthelephila from India, Sri Lanka and Nepal are given.
Ježek JanFurther new taxa of non-biting moth flies (Diptera: Psychodidae: Psychodinae) from MalaysiaActa Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 235-252
Abstract: An account of the tribes Mormiini and Paramormiini (Psychodidae: Psychodinae) from Malaysia is given, including the description of a new paramormiine genus Perakomyia gen. nov. and the second record of the genus Saximormia Ježek, 1984 in the Oriental Region. The subgenera Nototelmatoscopus Satchell, 1953 and Oscoreopus Ježek, 1989 (substitute name for Oreoscopus Quate & Quate, 1967) of the genus Telmatoscopus Eaton, 1904, unjustly synonymized with the genus Peripsychoda Enderlein, 1935 in the past, are recognized as valid. Nototelmatoscopus is raised to generic rank. It includes the subgenera Nototelmatoscopus s. str., Oscoreopus and Jozifekia subgen. nov. The following new combination for species originally included in Telmatoscopus are given: Nototelmatoscopus (Nototelmatoscopus) obscurus (Satchell, 1953) comb. nov., N. (N.) appendiculatus (Quate & Quate, 1967) comb. nov., N. (N.) baitabagensis (Quate & Quate, 1967) comb. nov., N. (N.) centraceps (Quate & Quate, 1967) comb. nov., N. (N.) confragus (Quate & Quate, 1967) comb. nov., N. (N.) cracentus (Quate & Quate, 1967) comb. nov., N. (N.) crassepalpis (Satchell, 1953) comb. nov., N. (N.) dimorphus (Tonnoir, 1953) comb. nov., N. (N.) empheres (Quate & Quate, 1967) comb. nov., N. (N.) festivus (Satchell, 1953) comb. nov., N. (N.) gregsoni (Tonnoir, 1953) comb. nov., N. (N.) nicholsoni (Satchell, 1953) comb. nov., N. (N.) obtusalatus (Quate & Quate, 1967) comb. nov., N. (N.) reburrus (Quate & Quate, 1967) comb. nov., N. (N.) sisyphus (Quate & Quate, 1967) comb. nov., N. (N.) tridentatus (Quate & Quate, 1967) comb. nov., N. (N.) viduatus (Tonnoir, 1953) comb. nov., N. (Oscoreopus) wauensis (Quate & Quate, 1967) comb. nov., N. (O.) ambalatus (Quate & Quate, 1967) comb. nov., N. (O.) globalaris (Quate & Quate, 1967) comb. nov., and Perakomyia kalabakensis (Quate, 1962) comb. nov. Three new species are described: Saximormia jelineki sp. nov., Nototelmatoscopus (Jozifekia) sasakawai sp. nov. and Perakomyia sifneri sp. nov. Important diagnostic characters and differential diagnoses are given and many characters illustrated for all mentioned taxa.
Macek JanTaxonomy, distribution and biology of selected European Dinax, Strongylogaster and Taxonus species (Hymenoptera: Symphyta)Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 253-271
Abstract: The Central European species of Dinax Malaise, 1945 (one species), Strongylogaster Dahlbom, 1835 (seven species) and Taxonus Hartig, 1837 (three species) are surveyed and briefly diagnosed. Strongylogaster baikalensis Naito, 1990 and Dinax ermak (Zhelochovtsev, 1968) are newly recorded species for the Czech Republic. The larvae of Strongylogaster baikalensis, Taxonus sticticus (Klug, 1817), Taxonus alboscutellatus Niezabitowski, 1899 and Dinax ermak are described and illustrated for the first time and new data on their biology are provided. Identification keys for the adults and larvae of the Central European species of Strongylogaster and Taxonus are given.
Engel Michael S.A new species of the bee genus Chiasmognathus from southwestern Niger (Hymenoptera: Apidae)Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 273-278
Abstract: A new species of the cleptoparasitic bee genus Chiasmognathus Engel, 2006 is described and figured from southwestern Niger. Chiasmognathus saheliensis sp. nov. (Ammobatini) is distinguished from its congeners by the combination of its coloration, integumental sculpturing (particularly that of the mesosoma), and genitalic structure. Species of the genus victimize nests of Nomioides Schenck, 1867 and perhaps Ceylalictus Strand, 1913 (Halictidae: Halictinae: Nomioidini), both of which are known to occur in Niger.
Bezděk Aleš, Hájek Jiří Catalogue of type specimens of beetles (Coleoptera) deposited in the National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic. Scarabaeidae: Dynamopodinae, Dynastinae, Melolonthinae and RutelinaeActa Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 279-320
Abstract: Type specimens from the collection of beetles (Coleoptera) deposited in the Department of Entomology, National Museum, Prague, are currently being catalogued. This second part of the catalogue dealing with the Scarabaeoidea presents precise information on species-group types of the following scarabaeid subfamilies: two taxa of Dynamopodinae, 10 taxa of Dynastinae, 109 taxa of Melolonthinae and 28 taxa of Rutelinae.
Fikáček Martin, Skuhrovec Jiří, Šípek Petr (editors)Abstracts of the Immature Beetles Meeting 2009. October 1–2, Prague, Czech RepublicActa Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 321-340
Abstract: The third Immature Beetles Meeting was held in Prague during October 1–2, 2009, nearly precisely two years after the previous meeting (for abstracts see Fikáček et al. (2007)). Similarly as in 2007, the meeting took place at the Faculty of Science, Charles University, in cooperation with the National Museum in Prague and the Crop Research Institute in Prague. Altogether 36 participants from Europe, North and South America and Japan attended the meeting. Among those, the most expected was Cleide Costa from Museu de Zoologia, Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil, who presented the results of her life-long studies of the morphology and biology of larval Coleoptera. It was also nice to see that the number of pregraduate students was higher than in 2007 meeting and one of them (Yusuke Minoshima from Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan) even presented a very interesting lecture! During both days, attendants presented 12 short lectures and six posters, whose abstracts are presented below in alphabetical order. Coffee breaks and a joint lunch in a nearby restaurant provided a handy opportunity for informal discussions of the lectures and individual research projects and interests of the participants. During both evenings, most people continued in a slightly more relaxed setting in a pub over a glass (or perhaps two) of Czech beer. To sum up, the meeting seemed to be again very fruitful. Before the closing of the 2009 meeting, the participiants agreed with the two year interval for organizing the Immature Beetles Meeting and decided for Prague as its place, even through several other places were suggested. The next meeting is therefore planned for the autumn 2011 and will be held at the Charles University in Prague again. Details about the forthcoming meeting will be available on the Immature Beetles Meeting web pages at, together with the photos and abstracts of the past meetings. Please contact us if you need further information. Martin Fikáček ( Jiří Skuhrovec ( Petr Šípek ( organizers of the Immature Beetles Meeting