Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/13/2002
Publication Date: 10/10/2002
Citation: Konstantinov, A.S. 2002. Revision of Paraminota Scherer (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 110(2):234-246.
Interpretive Summary: Flea beetles are one of the largest and most morphologically diverse groups of leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae), containing thousands of species, some of which are important pests of cultivated plants, whereas others are highly beneficial as biological control agents of exotic weeds. This paper describes and illustrates a poorly known genus of flea beetles and provides a key for species identification. This study will be important to taxonomists, morphologists, evolutionary biologists, ecologists, and any anyone else involved in identification of beetles.
Technical Abstract: Paraminota is revised and Chabriella Medvedev, 1990 and Schawalleria Medvedev, 1990 are synonymized with Paraminota. Chabriella minuta Medvedev, 1990 is synonymized with Schawalleria lamprosomoides Medvedev, 1990. A new species, P. lauribina from Nepal is described. A key to species of Paraminota and illustrations of all these taxa are provided.