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Title: Methiini and Oemini of Hispaniola (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae)

item Lingafelter, Steven

Submitted to: The Coleopterists Bulletin
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/7/2010
Publication Date: 9/20/2010
Citation: Lingafelter, S.W. 2010. Methiini and Oemini of Hispaniola (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin. 64(3):265-269.

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 two longhorned woodboring beetles new to science from the Caribbean. This region is a common origin for invasive species into the U.S. Figures are provided to aid in the identification of all 4 species in two tribes from Hispaniola. 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: Two new species of Methiini (Tessaropa hispaniolae Lingafelter, Methia dolichoptera) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from Hispaniola are diagnosed, described, and illustrated. The Dominican Republic represents a New Country Record for Malacopterus tenellus (Fabricius) (Oemini), and all hispaniolan localities are recorded and mapped. A discussion of the tribal characters followed by a key to the four species of both tribes known from Hispaniola is included.