Submitted to: The Coleopterists Bulletin
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: February 5, 2002
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Flea beetles are one of the largest and most morphologically diverse groups of leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae), containing thousands of species, some of which are important pests of cultivated plants, whereas others are highly beneficial as biological control agents of exotic weeds. This paper describes and illustrates a previously unknown genus and species of flea beetles farom Asia and provides a key for species identification. This study will be important to taxonomists, morphologists, evolutionary biologists, ecologists, and any other persons involved in identification of beetles.
Technical Abstract: A new genus Paraminotella and a new species from Nepal, P. nigrita, are described. A key and illustrations of these taxa are provided. Variability of the median lobe of P. nepalensis is illustrated.