|Smith, David R|
Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/10/2001
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Larvae of members of the family Cephidae are stem- and twig-borers. Species that occur in cultivated grain crops, berry crops, and ornamental plants such as roses, can cause millions of dollars of damage each year. An unusual new genus and species was discovered in Indonesia. It does not clearly conform to the current classification of Cephidae and significantly yadds to our knowledge and distribution of the world fauna. The genus and species is described, illustrated, and separated from other Cephidae. This will be of use to scientists and agricultural employees interested in plant-feeding insects, and it will alert APHIS staff to be aware of a new plant-feeding species on importations from Indonesia.
Technical Abstract: Sulawesius megaloculus, n. gen., n. sp., is described from Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia. The genus does not fit into the current classification of the Cephidae, but it is provisionally placed in the Athetocephinae, a subfamily previously known only from Madagascar.