Eur. J. Entomol. 113: 240-258, 2016 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2016.029

Revision of the attaphilous genus Phoxonotus (Coleoptera: Histeridae: Saprininae)

Czech University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Department of Forest Protection and Entomology, Kamýcká 1176, 165 21 Praha 6 - Suchdol, Czech Republic; e-mail:

In this paper the strictly attaphilous Central- and South American genus Phoxonotus Marseul, 1862 is revised. Based on the structure of their antennal cavities, the species of Phoxonotus are newly split into two subgenera: Phoxonotus Marseul, 1862 and Alienosternus subgen. n. (type species Saprinus venustus Erichson, 1834). The subgenus Phoxonotus contains three species: Phoxonotus (P.) tuberculatus Marseul, 1862 (French Guyana, Suriname, Brazil: Pará, Mato Grosso), P. (P.) lectus Lewis, 1902 (eastern Peru) and the newly described P. parvotuberculatus sp. n. (Guatemala, Costa Rica). The subgenus Alienosternus subgen. n. contains two species: Phoxonotus (Alienosternus) venustus (Erichson, 1834) (Brazil: Bahia) and P. (Alienosternus) fryi Lewis, 1879 (Brazil: Rio de Janeiro and Bahia). P. tuberculatus Marseul, 1862 is synonymized with P. suturalis Lewis, 1907, syn. n. Lectotype of Phoxonotus fryi Lewis, 1879 is designated. Genitalia of the males for the species for which they are available are illustrated, most type specimens are imaged and scanning electron micrographs of P. tuberculatus provided. Mouthparts and sensory structures of the antennal club of P. tuberculatus are depicted.

Keywords: Coleoptera, Histeridae, Saprininae, Phoxonotus, revision, taxonomy, new subgenus, new species, new synonym, lectotype designation, biodiversity, morphology, Neotropical region

Received: September 22, 2015; Accepted: November 12, 2015; Revised: November 12, 2015; Published online: March 1, 2016Show citation

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LACKNER, T. (2016). Revision of the attaphilous genus Phoxonotus (Coleoptera: Histeridae: Saprininae). Eur. J. Entomol.113(1), 2016.000. doi: 10.14411/eje.2016.029.
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