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Research Project: Beetle Taxonomy and Systematics Supporting U.S. Agriculture, Arboriculture and Biological Control

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: Revision of Mandarella Duvivier from Taiwan, with a new species, new synonymies and identities of highly variable species (Insecta, Chrysomelidae, Galerucinae, Alticini)

Author
item Chi-feng, Lee - Agricultural Research Institute Of Taiwan
item Cheng-lung, Tsai - Chung Hsing University
item Konstantinov, Alexander - Alex
item Wen-bin, Yeh2 - Chung Hsing University

Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/21/2015
Publication Date: 2/23/2016
Citation: Chi-Feng, L., Cheng-Lung, T., Konstantinov, A.S., Wen-Bin, Y. 2016. Revision of Mandarella Duvivier from Taiwan, with a new species, new synonymies and identities of highly variable species (Insecta, Chrysomelidae, Galerucinae, Alticini). Zootaxa. 568:23-49 10.3.

Interpretive Summary: Leaf beetles, especially flea beetles, are among the most important insects for 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 control unwanted and invasive weeds. This paper describes a new species of leaf beetles from Taiwan and improves its clasification. This study will be useful to biological control workers, taxonomists, ecologists, and anyone interested in plant feeding beetles.

Technical Abstract: Taiwanese species of Mandarella Duvivier are compared on the basis of morphological and molecular evi¬dence. Only three of eleven morphospecies are considered to be valid. Mandarella uenoi (Kimoto, 1969) is transferred from the genus Luperus Geoffroy. Stenoluperus taiwanus Kimoto, 1991 and S. kimotoi Döberl, 2001 are synonymized with M. uenoi. Taiwanese records of Stenoluperus tibialis Chen, 1942, S. nipponensis Laboissière, 1913, and S. potanini (Weise, 1889) were based on misidentifications and represent M. uenoi. The Taiwanese population previously erroneously identified as S. pallipes Gressitt and Kimoto, 1963 is here described as a new species, M. tsoui sp. n., Stenoluperus esakii Kimoto, 1969, S. matsumurai Takizawa, 1978, and M. taiwanensis Medvedev, 2012 are synonymized with M. flaviventris (Chen, 1942).