Location: Systematic Entomology LaboratoryTitle: A new genus of mimetic longhorned beetle from St. Lucia, Lesser Antilles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Rhinotragini) Author
Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/8/2013
Publication Date: 7/31/2013
Citation: Lingafelter, S.W., Ivie, M.A. 2013. A new genus of mimetic longhorned beetle from St. Lucia, Lesser Antilles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Rhinotragini). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 115(3):268-273. Interpretive Summary: Longhorned beetles are very important to agriculture and the economy because they damage living or dead wood during their development. Recently, pests such as the Asian longhorn beetle have cost millions of dollars of damage to trees and other agricultural products. This paper presents a description of a new genus of longhorned beetle from the island of St. Lucia. An identification key to all the genera and species of its tribe in the West Indies is presented. Although the hosts of this species are unknown, this group has its highest diversity in South America where they are important pollinators on many plant species including Croton, a plant that has medical uses. This study will be important to port identifiers, regulatory personel associated with APHIS-PPQ, and arborists whose trees may be attacked by this genus and its relatives.
Technical Abstract: A species originally described as Fortuneleptura romei Touroult 2011 (Lepturinae) is placed in a new genus, Iyanola Lingafelter & Ivie (Cerambycinae: Rhinotragini). Along with the new genus description, the species is redescribed and additional collection data is recorded. A key to the genera and species of Rhinotragini (Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae) of the West Indies is presented.