Location: Systematic Entomology LaboratoryTitle: Agrilus rubensteini, a new species from the Philippines related to the emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae)) Author
Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer reviewed journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/20/2013
Publication Date: 1/20/2014
Citation: Chamorro, M.L., Jendek, E. 2014. Agrilus rubensteini, a new species from the Philippines related to the emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 116(1):32-35. Interpretive Summary: Metallic wood-boring beetles are among the most important insects for U.S. agriculture. Many are serious forest pests, infesting and killing healthy trees and causing widespread mortality in rural and urban areas. Accurate identification is essential to detect and successfully control and contain the spread of invasive forest pests. This work provides the description of a new species from the Oriental region related to one of the most serious invasive insect forest pests in Eastern North America, the emerald ash borer (EAB) and includes high resolution images of the entire beetle from all angles, differential diagnosis and descriptions useful in distinguishing among species. This study will benefit foresters, regulators, resource managers, biological control workers, scientists and those interested in wood-boring beetles and invasive species.
Technical Abstract: A new species from the Philippines closely related to the emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, 1888 (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) is described: Agrilus rubensteini Chamorro & Jendek, new species. This is the first species in the A. cyaneoniger species-group recorded for the Philippines. Agrilus rubensteini resembles A. pseudolubopetri Jendek & Chamorro specifically by the elongate and narrow body shape, the narrow marginal and submarginal pronotal interspace not reaching the anterior pronotal margin, absent prehumerus and arcuate elytral apices, however, it can be easily distinguished from any other species in the group by the presence of golden tomentum in lateral pronotal impressions.