Elevation of Pilisaprinus to full generic status with notes on the evolution of termitoxeny in the Saprininae (Coleoptera: Histeridae)

Pages 623-632
Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae | 2013/53/2

Pilisaprinus Kanaar, 1996, a monospecific Afrotropical termitoxenous subgenus of the genus Saprinus Erichson, 1834 is recognized as a valid genus based on the results of recent phylogenetic analysis. Pilisaprinus is redefined using a combination of plesiomorphic and apomorphic morphological characters, and its type species, Saprinus (Pilisaprinus) verschureni Thérond, 1959 is re-described, with male genitalia, mouthparts and sensory organs illustrated and complemented with SEM micrographs. Notes on the evolution of termitoxeny in the Saprininae subfamily are provided.

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