SYSTEMATICS OF BEETLES IMPORTANT TO AGRICULTURE, ARBORICULTURE, AND BIOLOGICAL CONTROL
Title: New generic synonyms in the Oriental flea beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)
Submitted to: The Coleopterists Bulletin
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: May 13, 2008
Publication Date: October 16, 2008
Citation: Konstantinov, A.S., Prathapan, K.D. 2008. New generic synonyms in the Oriental flea beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin. 62(3):381-418.
Interpretive Summary: Leaf beetles, especially flea beetles, are among the most important insects affecting US agriculture. Many are serious pests and feed on crops destroying valuable plants costing millions of dollars annually. Others are important biological control agents that can be used to kill unwanted and invasive weeds. This work provides descriptions and illustrations for 30 flea beetle genera from the Oriental Region, to allow for their identification and thus make them available for potential use in biological control projects. This study will be useful to biological control workers, taxonomists, ecologists, and anyone interested in plant-feeding beetles.
The following new synonyms are proposed for the genera of flea beetles from Oriental Region: Pseudocrypta Medvedev, 1996 and Sebaethiella Medvedev, 1993 = Acrocrypta Baly, 1862: 457; Bhutajana Scherer, 1979 = Aphthona Chevrolat, 1836; Burmaltica Scherer, 1969 = Aphthonaltica Heikertinger, 1924; Aphthonomorpha Chen, 1934 and Manobidia Chen, 1934 = Bikasha Maulik, 1931; Garuda Scherer, 1969 = Chalaenosoma Jacoby,1893; Priostomus Jacoby, 1884 = Chaloenus Westwood, 1862; Throscoryssa Maulik,1928 = Clitea Baly, 1877; Halticorcus Lea, 1917: 319 (type species Eucyclomela Chen, 1934 and Schenklingia Csiki & Heikertinger, in Heikertinger & Csiki, 1940 = Halticorcus platycerii Lea, 1917; Luperaria Medvedev, 1993 = Laboissierella Chen, 1933; Lipraria Medvedev, 1990 = Lipromela Chen, 1933; Asiorella Medvedev, 1990 = Liprus Motschulsky, 1860; Docemasia Jacoby, 1899 = Luperomorpha Weise, 1887; Ceylonaltica Döberl, 1997 and Mesopa Jacoby, 1903 = Micraphthona Jacoby, 1900; Martensomela Medvedev, 1984 and Nepalicrepis Scherer, 1969 = Microcrepis Chen, 1933; Nepalicrepis darjeelingensis Scherer 1969 = Microcrepis politus Chen 1933; Epithrella Medvedev, 1993 and Livoliella Medvedev, 1997 = Orthaltica Crotch, 1873; Chabriosoma Chen, 1934 = Phygasoma Jacoby, 1898; Letzuana Chen, 1934 = Phyllotreta Chevrolat in Dejean, 1836; Kimotoa Gruev, 1985 = Sphaeroderma Stephens, 1831; Amydus Chen, 1935, Monodaltica Bechyne 1955, Trachyaphthona Heikertinger, 1924, and Typhodes Samuelson, 1984 = Trachytetra Sharp, 1886. Habitus and/or other morphological structures are llustrated fr each genus under consideration.
The following new names are proposed: Aphthona gerhardi new name for Aphthona nepalensis (Scherer 1989); Lanka philippina new name for Horaia bicolor (Medvedev 1993); Lanka ogloblini new name for Horaia fulva (Medvedev 1993).
The following new combination is proposed Manobia nigra (Scherer 1969).