Location: Systematic Entomology
Title: New myrmecomorphous longhorned beetles from Haiti and the Dominican Republic with a key to Anaglyptini and Tillomorphini of Hispaniola (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae) Author
Submitted to: ZooKeys
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: May 10, 2011
Publication Date: June 15, 2011
Citation: Lingafelter, S.W. 2011. New myrmecomorphous longhorned beetles from Haiti and the Dominican Republic with a key to Anaglyptini and Tillomorphini of Hispaniola (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae). ZooKeys. 106:55-75. Interpretive Summary: Longhorned beetles are very important to agriculture and the economy because they destroy wood during their early developmental stages. Many species of wood boring beetles are intercepted at ports-of-entry in the United States and are potential pests. This study describes four new ant-like longhorned woodboring beetles from Haiti and the Dominican Republic and provides a key, distribution map, and detailed digital paintings to enable their identification. This region is a common origin for invasive species into the U. S. and a biodiversity hotspot. This study will be important to port identifiers, regulatory personnel associated with APHIS-PPQ, and scientists and laypersons concerned with woodboring beetles and Caribbean fauna.
Technical Abstract: First records of the tribes Anaglyptini and Tillomorphini (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae) are documented for Hispaniola. A new genus of highly myrmecomorphic longhorned beetle (Licracantha, new genus) is described and illustrated based on one species (Licracantha formicaria, new species) and provisionally assigned to Tillomorphini. Three other new species of ant mimic longhorned beetles are described and illustrated: Calliclytus macoris, new species (Tillomorphini), Tilloclytus baoruco, new species, and Tilloclytus neiba, new species (Anaglyptini). An identification key and distribution map to all known Hispaniolan species of these two tribes are presented.