Location: Systematic Entomology LaboratoryTitle: A new species of the genus Eripus Dejean (Peleciini: Carabidae: Coleoptera) from Honduras
Submitted to: Journal of Insect Biodiversity
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/22/2019
Publication Date: 9/4/2019
Citation: Sokolov, I.M. 2019. A new species of the genus Eripus Dejean (Peleciini: Carabidae: Coleoptera) from Honduras. Journal of Insect Biodiversity. 12(1):9-16.
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: A new species of the genus Eripus, E. balli, sp.n. is described from Honduras (Honduras, Cortés, Parque Nacional Cusuco). Digital images of the new species and its relatives are given for comparison. A taxonomic key as well as a distribution map for Honduran species of Eripus are provided.