Eur. J. Entomol. 111 (2): 267-274, 2014 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2014.032

The family Nicoletiidae in the Canary Islands, with description of new taxa (Insecta: Zygentoma)

Rafael MOLERO BALTANÁS1, Miquel GAJU RICART1, Néstor LÓPEZ DOS SANTOS2, Pedro OROMÍ3, Carmen BACH DE ROCA4
1 Departamento de Zoología, Universidad de Córdoba, Edificio C-1 (C. Darwin), Campus de Rabanales, 14071 Córdoba, Spain; e-mails: ba1mobar@uco.es; ba1garim@uco.es
2 C/Portugal 74 1ºG, 35010 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain; e-mail: nlopez@cifor.net
3 Departamento de Biología Animal, Universidad de La Laguna, 38205 La Laguna, Tenerife, Islas Canarias, Spain; e-mail: poromi@ull.es
4 Departamento de Biología Animal, Biología Vegetal y Ecología, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain; e-mail: Carmen.Bach@uab.es

The knowledge of the family Nicoletiidae in the Canary Islands was limited to two reports of Proatelurina pseudolepisma (Grassi, 1887), a species which belongs to the subfamily Atelurinae. This study provides new data on the occurrence of representatives of Nicoletiidae on these islands and descriptions of two endemic troglobic taxa: Canariletia holosterna gen. n. et sp. n., from the island of Gran Canaria, and Coletinia majorensis sp. n., found in Fuerteventura. The latter belongs to a group of species whose males have asymmetric antennae, so it is compared with those Coletinia of this group. Canariletia gen. n. shows a unique combination of characters inside Nicoletiidae, so its position within this family is discussed, considering the new genus as incertae sedis, but probably related to the Palaearctic and Afrotropical genera included in the subfamily Coletiniinae sensu Mendes, 1988.

Keywords: Nicoletiidae, Canary islands, Canariletia gen. n., Coletinia majorensis sp. n., taxonomy, Coletiniinae, troglobionts

Received: November 9, 2012; Accepted: December 18, 2013; Prepublished online: March 27, 2014; Published: May 5, 2014

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