Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: December 10, 2008
Publication Date: December 30, 2008
Citation: Prathapan, K.D., Konstantinov, A.S. 2008. First report of the occurrence of Phaelota in Borneo with a description of a new species. Zootaxa. 4(3):333-335.
Interpretive Summary: Leaf beetles, especially flea beetles, are among the most important insects for 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 control unwanted and invasive weeds. This work describes one new species from Borneo, providing key characters, description, and illustrations. This study will be useful to biological control workers, taxonomists, ecologists, and anyone interested in plant feeding beetles.
Occurrence of Phaelota Jacoby is being reported from Borneo for the first time and a new species, P. smetanai is described.