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Research Project: SYSTEMATICS OF BEETLES IMPORTANT TO AGRICULTURE, LANDSCAPE PLANTS, AND BIOLOGICAL CONTROL

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: New species of Diabrotica Chevrolat (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae) and a key to Diabrotica and related genera: results of a synopsis of North and Central American Diabrotica species

Author
item Derunkov, A. - University Of Maryland
item Tishechkin, A. - Santa Barbara Museum Of Natural History
item Rocha Prado, L. - Universidad De Sao Paulo
item Konstantinov, Alexander - Alex

Submitted to: ZooKeys
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/7/2015
Publication Date: 2/5/2015
Publication URL: http://www.insectbiodiversity.org/index.php/jib/article/view/101
Citation: Derunkov, A., Tishechkin, A.K., Rocha Prado, L., Konstantinov, A.S. 2015. New species of Diabrotica Chevrolat (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae) and a key to Diabrotica and related genera: Results of a synopsis of North and Central American Diabrotica species. ZooKeys. 3(2):1-55.

Interpretive Summary: Leaf beetles are among the most important insects affecting U.S. agriculture. Many are serious pests and feed on crops destroying valuable plants costing millions of dollars annually. Others are important biological control agents that can be used to destroy unwanted and invasive weeds. This work provides descriptions and illustrations for 18 previously unknown to science species of leaf beetles in Central America, to allow for its identification and proper classification. This study will be useful to taxonomists, evolutionary biologists, and anyone interested in plant-feeding beetles.

Technical Abstract: The following 18 new species of Diabrotica are described and illustrated as a result of the synopsis of North and Centrla American species: D. barclayi nov. sp. Guatemala, D. caveyi nov. sp. Costa Rica, D. costaricensis nov. sp. Costa Rica, D. dmitryogloblini nov. sp. Mexico, D. duckworthae nov. sp. Honduras, D. hartjei nov. sp. Panama, D. josephbalyi nov. sp. Costa Rica, D. lawrencei nov. sp. Mexico, D. mantillerii nov. sp. Panama, D. martinjacobyi nov. sp. Honduras, D. mitteri nov. sp. Panama, D. perkinsi nov. sp. Guatemala, D. redfordae nov. sp. Costa Rica, D. reysmithi nov. sp. Costa Rica, D. salvadorensis nov. sp. Salvador, D. sel nov. sp. Panama, D. spangleri nov. sp. Costa Rica, D. waltersi nov. sp. Panama. In addition, a key to Diabrotica and related genera is proposed.