The Limnichidae (Coleoptera) of the Arabian Peninsula and the island of Socotra

Hernando Carles, Ribera Ignacio
Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 54(supplementum): 173-189, 2014
Published in print: 30th December 2014
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Abstract: In this work we present the first data on the family Limnichidae for the Arabian Peninsula and the island of Socotra, based on material collected in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, continental Yemen and Socotra. We describe five new species: Pelochares sinbad sp. nov. (Oman and UAE), P. sabaeanus sp. nov. (continental Yemen, Jordan and dubious from Ethiopia), Byrrhinus socotrensis sp. nov. (Socotra), B. helicophallus sp. nov. (continental Yemen, dubious from Ethiopia), and Limnichus arabicus sp. nov. (continental Yemen). All species of Limnichidae found on the Arabian Peninsula and Socotra were undescribed, but it is likely that some could also be found in the neighbouring areas (such as Iran or Eastern Africa), for which no or very few records of Limnichidae are known.
Key words: Limnichidae, Byrrhinus, Limnichus, Pelochares, new species, Ethiopia, Jordan, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Socotra
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