A new species of Hydrobiomorpha from iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)
Bilton David T.
Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 56(1): 149-157, 2016
Abstract: Hydrobiomorpha perissinottoi sp. nov. is described from iSimangaliso Wetland
Park, in the Maputaland region of KwaZulu-Natal, Republic of South Africa. The
new species was found in a range of small wetlands around Lake St. Lucia, where
it appears to be relatively abundant. Diagnostic notes are provided to allow H.
perissinottoi sp. nov. to be distinguished from other Afrotropical species of
the genus, together with information on its ecology. The new species was part of
a diverse water beetle fauna and co-occurred with the superficially similar
Hydrochara fulvofemorata (Fairmaire, 1869), which is reported from the Republic
of South Africa for the first time.
Key words: Coleoptera, Hydrophilidae, Hydrobiomorpha, new species, South Africa, Afrotropical Region