Submitted to: Bishop Museum Occasional Papers
Publication Type: Peer reviewed journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/15/2007
Publication Date: 7/1/2007
Citation: Lingafelter, S.W. 2007. Two new Distenia Lepeletier & Serville from Fiji with a Key to the known Melanesian Species (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Disteniinae). Bishop Museum Occasional Papers. 8(93):3-11. Interpretive Summary: Longhorned beetles are very important to agriculture and the economy due to their destruction of wood during their development. Many species of woodboring beetles are intercepted at ports-of-entry in the United States and are potential pests. This study describes 2 species of longhorned woodboring beetles and provides an identification key to this group for a large region of islands in the Pacific Ocean. Numerous figures are provided to facilitate identifications of the species. This study will be important to port identifiers, regulatory personnel associated with APHIS-PPQ, and scientists and laypersons concerned with woodboring beetles and Asian/Oceanic fauna.
Technical Abstract: Two new species of Distenia are described and a key to all known species of Distenia in Melanesia is presented. Distenia dillonorum Lingafelter, new species, is from Taveuni (Fiji). Distenia gressitti Lingafelter, new species, is from Taveuni, Kadavu, and Vanua Levu (Fiji).