A new species of Lamiogethes from Socotra Island (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae: Meligethinae)

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Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae | 2012/52/sppl2

A new species of pollen beetle of the genus Lamiogethes Audisio & Cline, 2009, L. socotranus sp. nov., is described from Socotra Island (Yemen). The new species is isolated from other East African representatives of this genus, exhibiting a general shape of male genitalia partially resembling certain Lamiogethes species known from southern Indian Peninsula. The new species is the first described Meligethinae recorded from Socotra Island, where further specialized research could enable discovery of other endemic or new species, chiefly in the genera Lamiogethes, Afrogethes Audisio & Cline, 2009, and Pria Stephens, 1830. Lamiogethes socotranus sp. nov. was regularly collected on Cephalocroton socotranus Balf.f. (Euphorbiaceae), but it could be more likely associated as larvae with an unidentified species of Leucas L. (Lamiaceae), which includes seven species endemic to Socotra Island.

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