Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: October 9, 2006
Publication Date: November 23, 2006
Citation: Duckett, C.N., Prathapan, K.D., Konstantinov, A.S. 2006. Notes on identity and synonymy of ivalia jacoby (coleoptera: chrysomelidae) with description of a new species. Zootaxa. 1363:49-68.
Interpretive Summary: Leaf beetles, especially flea beetles, are among the most important insects for U.S. agriculture. Many are serious pests and feed on crops destroying valuable plants. Others are important biological control agents that can be used to kill unwanted and invasive weeds. This work updates the classification of a group of leaf beetles and describes a new species feeding on mosses from continental Asia. We provide key characters, a description, and illustrations to allow for its identification and thus make it available for potential use in biological control projects. This study will be useful to biological control workers, taxonomists, ecologists, and anyone interested in phytophagous beetles.
Genus Ivalia Jacoby is characterized morphologically. Amphimeloides Jacoby and Taizonia Chen are synonymized with Ivalia. Several Ivalia species are figured including the new combinations Ivalia bella and I. dorsalis, as well as I. viridipennis and I. violaceipennis. A new species of Ivalia from the Nilgiri Hills in south India, I. korakundah is described and illustrated including the larvae. Larvae were associated with adults by sequencing a fragment of the cytochrome oxidase I gene. This sequence is compared to the sequence of another Ivalia sp from Kerala. Larval morphology is discussed and compared with other flea beetle larvae.