Location: Systematic Entomology LaboratoryTitle: Additions to the known Vesperidae and Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) of Bolivia Author
Submitted to: Insecta Mundi
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/1/2013
Publication Date: 9/10/2013
Citation: Wappes, J.E., Lingafelter, S.W., Monne, M.A., Ledezma-Arias, J. 2013. Additions to the known Vesperidae and Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) of Bolivia. Insecta Mundi. 0319:1-25. Interpretive Summary: Knowledge of species distributions is crucial to the study of invasive species and preventing their introduction. It allows us to make better predictions of sources of invasive species and gives a stronger foundation for other studies involving those species. This publication presents over 80 new species records for longhorned woodboring beetles in a highly diverse country, Bolivia. Woodboring beetles include some of the most important pest insects because their larvae eat and develop within wood, often killing trees or rendering processed wood worthless. This study will be very useful to scientists studying biodiversity, the classification and identification of woodboring beetles, and action agencies concerned with species intercepted at our borders.
Technical Abstract: Seventy-nine Cerambycidae and two Vesperidae species not previously recorded from Bolivia are listed along with the department(s) where they were collected, and are thus added to the known fauna. An additional 22 species gleaned from existing publications, but whose Bolivia distribution is not recorded in the 2013 version of Bezark and Monné (2013), are listed separately to assist inclusion in this important reference. These records, along with the 60 new species described (through February, 2013) since Wappes et al. (2011), brings the total number of Cerambycidae, and closely related families Disteniidae, Oxypeltidae and Vesperidae (Cerambycoidea), to 1,717 species now known from Bolivia. New Department records for another 254 species are listed and color illustrations for 80 of the 81 newly recorded species are provided. Among the new records for Bolivia is Lathroeus oreoderoides Thomson. This is the first ever country and locality record for the species. A male of Myzomorphus Dejean collected at the same time and locality as a female Myzomorphus amabilis (Tippmann) is likely the previously unknown male of the species. Both sexes are illustrated.