Location: Systematic Entomology LaboratoryTitle: A review of the genus Pelodiaetus Jeannel (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Anillini) of New Zealand, with re-description of the genus, description of a new species and notes on the evolutionary history
Submitted to: ZooKeys
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/30/2019
Publication Date: 10/9/2019
Citation: Sokolov, I.M. 2019. A review of the genus Pelodiaetus Jeannel (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Anillini) of New Zealand, with re-description of the genus, description of a new species and notes on the evolutionary history. ZooKeys. 879:33-56. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.879.37684.
Interpretive Summary: Ground beetles are among insects important for U.S. agriculture. Many are predators of exotic pests that can be used as biological control agents while some are serious pests themselves destroying valuable crops costing millions of dollars annually. This work documents a discovery of a ground beetle species previously unknown to science. The species is described, illustrated and compared to known species of the genus. The study will be useful to biological control workers, evolutionary biologists, ecologists, and anyone interested in predatory beetles.
Technical Abstract: On the basis of new morphological data a re-description of the genus Pelodiaetus is given, a new species of the genus P. nunni, sp.n. (Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island) is described, and P. lewisi Jeannel is proposed as a synonym of P. sulcatipennis Jeannel, syn.n.. Taxonomic key as well as a distribution maps for species of Pelodiaetus are provided. Data on comparative morphology and biogeographical aspects of speciation in the genus Pelodiaetus and its morphological relatives from Australia and New Zealand are discussed.