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New species of Eriopeltastes Burmeister & Schaum, 1840 (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Cetoniinae, Trichiini) from South Africa.

Ricchiardi E, Perissinotto R - Zookeys (2014)

Bottom Line: This is only the fifth out of 12 known species in this genus for which the female is known.The species appears to be restricted to areas within or in the immediate vicinities of two marginal nature reserves, Karkloof and Blinkwater, in a grassland habitat that is regarded as one of the most threatened in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.Despite its acknowledged importance as centre of endemism the area is currently in a precarious state of large-scale degradation.

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Affiliation: Corso A. Tassoni 79/4, 10143 Torino, Italy.

ABSTRACT
Both male and female of a new species of Eriopeltasttes Burmeister & Schaum, 1840, E. (E.) ornatus Ricchiardi, sp. n., are described from the mistbelt grassland of KwaZulu-Natal. Sexual dimorphism is extreme in this genus, with females being brachypterous, fossorial and entirely black to dark brown in general body colour. This is only the fifth out of 12 known species in this genus for which the female is known. The species appears to be restricted to areas within or in the immediate vicinities of two marginal nature reserves, Karkloof and Blinkwater, in a grassland habitat that is regarded as one of the most threatened in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. Despite its acknowledged importance as centre of endemism the area is currently in a precarious state of large-scale degradation.

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Eriopeltastes (Eriopeltastes) ornatus Ricchiardi, sp. n. Paratype ♀: a habitus in dorsal view b habitus in ventral view (Photo: Enrico Ricchiardi).
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Figure 2: Eriopeltastes (Eriopeltastes) ornatus Ricchiardi, sp. n. Paratype ♀: a habitus in dorsal view b habitus in ventral view (Photo: Enrico Ricchiardi).

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New species of Eriopeltastes Burmeister & Schaum, 1840 (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Cetoniinae, Trichiini) from South Africa.

Ricchiardi E, Perissinotto R - Zookeys (2014)

Eriopeltastes (Eriopeltastes) ornatus Ricchiardi, sp. n. Paratype ♀: a habitus in dorsal view b habitus in ventral view (Photo: Enrico Ricchiardi).
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Figure 2: Eriopeltastes (Eriopeltastes) ornatus Ricchiardi, sp. n. Paratype ♀: a habitus in dorsal view b habitus in ventral view (Photo: Enrico Ricchiardi).
Mentions: Figures 1–3

Bottom Line: This is only the fifth out of 12 known species in this genus for which the female is known.The species appears to be restricted to areas within or in the immediate vicinities of two marginal nature reserves, Karkloof and Blinkwater, in a grassland habitat that is regarded as one of the most threatened in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.Despite its acknowledged importance as centre of endemism the area is currently in a precarious state of large-scale degradation.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Corso A. Tassoni 79/4, 10143 Torino, Italy.

ABSTRACT
Both male and female of a new species of Eriopeltasttes Burmeister & Schaum, 1840, E. (E.) ornatus Ricchiardi, sp. n., are described from the mistbelt grassland of KwaZulu-Natal. Sexual dimorphism is extreme in this genus, with females being brachypterous, fossorial and entirely black to dark brown in general body colour. This is only the fifth out of 12 known species in this genus for which the female is known. The species appears to be restricted to areas within or in the immediate vicinities of two marginal nature reserves, Karkloof and Blinkwater, in a grassland habitat that is regarded as one of the most threatened in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. Despite its acknowledged importance as centre of endemism the area is currently in a precarious state of large-scale degradation.

No MeSH data available.