Location: Systematic Entomology LaboratoryTitle: A new species of Melzerella from Bolivia (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae: Aerenicini) Author
Submitted to: ZooKeys
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/8/2011
Publication Date: 3/30/2011
Citation: Wappes, J., Lingafelter, S.W. 2011. A new species of Melzerella from Bolivia (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae: Aerenicini). ZooKeys. 2805:31-35. Interpretive Summary: Longhorned beetles are very important to agriculture and the economy due to their destruction of wood during their development. Many exotic pest or potential pest species of woodboring beetles are intercepted at ports-of-entry in the United States and preventing their introduction is a major concern. This study describes one new species of longhorned beetle from Bolivia and provides an identification key and figures to it and the the three most closely related species. This study will be important to port identifiers, regulatory personnel associated with APHIS-PPQ, and scientists and laypersons concerned with control and preventing the spread of pestiferous woodboring beetles.
Technical Abstract: A new species of Melzerella Lima is described from Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia. A key to the four known species is provided, along with color photographs documenting their vibrant patterns.