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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: SYSTEMATICS OF BEETLES IMPORTANT TO AGRICULTURE, LANDSCAPE PLANTS, AND BIOLOGICAL CONTROL

Location: Systematic Entomology

Title: Review of the New World species of the genus Argopistes Motschulsky (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini)

Authors
item Blanco, J.
item Konstantinov, Alexander

Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: January 30, 2013
Publication Date: March 13, 2013
Citation: Blanco, J., Konstantinov, A.S. 2013. Review of the New World species of the genus Argopistes Motschulsky (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini). Zootaxa. 3626(2):249-267.

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 costing millions of dollars annually. Others are important biological control agents that can be used to control unwanted and invasive weeds. This work reviews a genus of flea beetles in the New World, providing characters, descriptions, illustrations and a key to identification of these beetles. Two species are described as new to science. This study will be useful to biological control workers, taxonomists, ecologists, and anyone interested in plant feeding beetles.

Technical Abstract: The New World species of the genus Argopistes Motschulsky are reviewed, illustrated and a key for their identification is provided. Two new species are described: A. turnbowi (Bahamas Islands) and A. woodleyi (Dominican Republic).

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