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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Redescription of Linsleyonides Skiles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) and Inclusion of Elaphidion Portoricensis Fisher

Author
item LINGAFELTER, STEVEN

Submitted to: University of Kansas Natural History Museum Bulletin
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: May 1, 1998
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Many species of longhorned woodboring beetles are important pests of ornamental and citrus trees throughout the United States. These beetles are also an essential component of forest ecosystems because they help in the primary decomposition of woody plant material in forest ecosystems. This study redescribes one genus in a large American tribe and transfers a species which was incorrectly included in another taxon. A key to the species in the genus is provided to allow identification. This information will be useful for regulatory Personnel charged with identifying insects and to scientists working on control of woodborers.

Technical Abstract: Elaphidion portoricensis Fisher is transferred to Linsleyonides based on four hypothesized autapomorphies for the genus. Linsleyonides is redescribed and diagnostic characters are illustrated. Differences between Linsleyonides and the closely related Elaphidion are discussed. A key for the three species of Linsleyonides is presented.

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