New minute Drilini species significantly extend the distributions of Lolosia and Microselasia (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Agrypninae) in tropical Africa

Kundrata Robin
Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 58(2): 531-538, 2018
Published online: 23rd November 2018
Published in print: 31st December 2018
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Abstract: Lolosia Kundrata & Bocak, 2017 and Microselasia Kundrata & Bocak, 2017 (Elateridae: Agrypninae: Drilini) were described based on species endemic to the Cameroonian rainforest zone. Here, I describe Lolosia gajduskovae sp. nov. (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Lolosia smetkovae sp. nov. (Central African Republic), and Microselasia sormovae sp. nov. (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Additionally, I redescribe Selasia burgeoni Pic, 1930 (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and transfer it to Microselasia as M. burgeoni (Pic, 1930) comb. nov. The main diagnostic characters including male genitalia are figured, and an identification key to the males of Lolosia species is provided. The generic diagnoses of Lolosia and Microselasia are updated based on the here studied species. The newly described species increase our knowledge on the distribution of Lolosia and Microselasia in the Afrotropical Region.
Key words: Coleoptera, Elateroidea, Elateridae, Drilini, taxonomy, new species, new combination, diversity, distribution, hotspot, Afrotropical Region
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