Location: Systematic Entomology LaboratoryTitle: A new subterranean species of Anillinus Casey (Carabidae, Trechinae, Anillini) from Florida
Submitted to: Subterranean Biology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/28/2021
Publication Date: 6/8/2021
Citation: Sokolov, I.M. 2021. A new subterranean species of Anillinus Casey (Carabidae, Trechinae, Anillini) from Florida. Subterranean Biology. 39:33-44. https://doi.org/10.3897/subtbiol.39.65769.
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 one unusual subterranean ground beetle species previously unknown to science. This 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 blind subterranean ground beetle in the genus Anillinus Casey is described from Florida. Anillinus albrittonorum sp. n. (type locality: 6 miles NW High Springs, Columbia County, Florida) has a unique structure of female genitalia and occupies an isolated position within the genus. This new species is illustrated with images of the habitus, body parts, and male and female genitalia. Relationships of A. albrittonorum to other members of the genus are discussed.