Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: April 18, 2008
Publication Date: May 19, 2008
Citation: Vandenberg, N.J., Gonzales, G. 2008. A new Chilean species of Cycloneda Crotch (Coleoptera:Coccinellidae:Coccinellinae:Coccinellini). Zootaxa. 1772:63-68.
Interpretive Summary: Lady beetles are important predators of crop and garden pests. A new species of lady beetle is described from Lago Pirihueico in southern Chile. It is illustrated, diagnosed, compared with both related and superficially similar species, and incorporated into an existing key as an aid to identification. This work will be useful to agriculturalists, biological control practitioners, and ecologists in identifying and better understanding the lady beetle species.
Cycloneda pretiosa new species is described from Lago Pirihueico in southern Chile The species is diagnosed, and compared with both related and superficially similar species. Habitus and genitalic characters are illustrated. Geographical and temporal data are given. The new species is assigned to the Cycloneda germainii species complex and integrated into the key to species of this group (González and Vandenberg, 2006).