Elevation of Pilisaprinus to full generic status with notes on the evolution of termitoxeny in the Saprininae (Coleoptera: Histeridae)
|Citation||LACKNER, Tomáš. Elevation of Pilisaprinus to full generic status with notes on the evolution of termitoxeny in the Saprininae (Coleoptera: Histeridae). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae. Prague: National Museum, 2013, 53(2), 623-632. ISSN 0374-1036 (print) 1804-6487 (online). Also available from: https://publikace.nm.cz/en/periodicals/aemnp/53-2/elevation-of-pilisaprinus-to-full-generic-status-with-notes-on-the-evolution-of-termitoxeny-in-the-saprininae-coleoptera-histeridae|
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.