Polycestinae (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) of Socotra Island
Volkovitsh Mark G.
Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 52(supplementum 2): 195-208, 2012
Abstract: Five polycestine species are reported from Socotra Island including three new
species: Acmaeodera (Acmaeotethya) kabateki sp. nov.; A. (A.) hadiboe sp. nov.;
and A. (A.) socotraensis sp. nov. Svatacesta Zabransky, 2004, syn. nov.,
described originally as a subgenus of the genus Strigoptera Dejean, 1833 is
considered a junior synonym of the genus Pseudocastalia Kraatz, 1896, and a new
combination, Pseudocastalia socotra (Zabransky, 2004) comb. nov., is proposed.
Illustrations of each species are provided, and a key is given for the
identification of Socotran species of Acmaeodera Eschscholtz, 1829. Host plants
for three Acmaeodera species are recorded for the first time. All Socotran
Polycestinae are endemic for the island and demonstrate Afrotropical relations.
Key words: Coleoptera, Buprestidae, Polycestinae, Pseudocastalia, Strigoptera, Acmaeodera, taxonomy, new species, new synonym, new combination, new host plants, Yemen, Socotra