Submitted to: Journal of New York Entomological Society
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: December 1, 2003
Publication Date: January 15, 2004
Citation: Lingafelter, S.W., Micheli, C.J. 2004. Species of cerambycidae from puerto rico with records and notes for other species.. Journal of New York Entomological Society.112: 37-55
Interpretive Summary: Longhorned beetles are very important to agriculture and the economy due to their destruction of wood during their development. Many species of woodboring beetles are intercepted at ports-of-entry in the United States and are potential pests. This study describes 5 species of longhorned woodboring beetles (3 new species, larva of a fourth species, and the female and variation of a fifth species). Numerous figures are provided to allow more easy identifications of the species. This study will be important to port identifiers, regulatory personel associated with APHIS-PPQ, and scientists and laypersons concerned with woodboring beetles and Caribbean fauna.
An intensive survey for Cerambycidae of El Yunque National Forest and many of the state forests in Puerto Rico showed 49 species representing over half of the hitherto reported species from the Island. Two tribes and three genera are recorded from Puerto Rico for the first time. The description of a new genus, Pseudothonalmus Guerrero is included. Three new species are described: Elateropsis julio Lingafelter & Micheli; Pseudothonalmus woodleyi Lingafelter, Micheli, and Guerrero; and Styloleptus taino Lingafelter & Micheli. Leptostylus inflaticollis Chemsak is transferred to Styloleptus and the female and variation are described. The larva of Parandra tavakiliani is described. Locality data and method of collection is provided for all encountered Cerambycidae.