Location: Systematic Entomology
2013 Annual Report
The genus and species level databases for flea beetles of the Caribbean Region have been developed and two revisionary and descriptive papers have been published. One is a revision of the New World species of genus Argopistes and another one is a description of a new genus and species of flea beetles collected in mosses in Puerto Rico. Additional research in the Lesser Antilles is necessary to complete this project. This resulting publications and identification guides are critical to APHIS-PPQ and other regulatory agencies to prevent the spread of pest species into the U.S. and better use biological control agents.
Progress has been made in resolving some species boundaries in Naemia and Paranaemia, but the revision to the North American lady beetle genera Naemia and Paranaemia has not been completed. Much work remains in the study of the Central and South American Coleomegilla. Peripheral work dealing with emerging pest problems (cycad aulacaspis scale, new adventive ambrosia beetles, etc.) have been the principal reason for the delay in fully meeting this milestone. This work is critical to APHIS-PPQ and other regulatory agencies to prevent the spread of pest species into the U.S. and better use biological control agents.
Significant numbers of beetle identifications have been made. In the period from October 1, 2012 to June 11, 2013, 1482 submittal lots (2322 specimens) were identified, including 1220 “urgent” and 112 “prompt” submittals for USDA-APHIS-PPQ of specimens intercepted on perishable commodities at ports of entry. “Urgent” identifications (those requiring same day turn-around of specimens intercepted on perishable commodities at ports of entry) have been processed daily as submitted. Obstacles to achieving this milestone include shortness of staff specialists to perform identifications, diversion of scientific staff to perform technical and IT functions due to loss of former positions, and loss of collaborating specialists who formerly handled regular lots for some groups. These identifications are critical to APHIS-PPQ, regulatory agencies, universities and state extension agencies.
Cognato, A.I., Rabaglia, R.J., Vandenberg, N.J. 2013. Another Asian ambrosia bark beetle, Xyleborinus artestriatus (Eichhoff) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae), found in the United States. Pan-Pacific Entomologist. 89(1):27-31.
Giorgi, J.A., Vandenberg, N.J. 2012. Review of the lady beetle genus Phaenochilus Weise (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae: Chilocorini), with description of a new species from Thailand and that preys on cycad auacaspis scale, Aulacaspis yasumatsui Takagi (Diaspididae). Zootaxa. 3478:239-255.
Lingafelter, S.W. 2013. Hispaniolan Hemilophini (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae). ZooKeys. 258:53-83.
Lingafelter, S.W., Garzon-Moreno, A., Nearns, E.H. 2013. Primary types of Chinese longhorned woodboring beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: and Disteniidae) of the Smithsonian Institution. Insect Fun—In Memory of Wenhsin Lin. p. 117-146.
Santos-Silva, A., Lingafelter, S.W. 2012. Morphological analysis of Mecosarthron Buquet and Xixuthrus Thomson and reevaluation of generic assignment of Xixuthrus domingoensis Fisher (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Prioninae). Papeis Avulsos de Zoologia. 52(27):315-332.
Lingafelter, S.W., Wappes, J.E. 2012. A new species of Trichoxys Chevrolat (Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae: Clytini) from Mexico, with a key to known species. Pan-Pacific Entomologist. 88(2):154-162.
Jendek, E., Chamorro, M.L. 2012. Six new species of Agrilus Curtis, 1825 (Coleoptera, Buprestidae, Agrilinae) from the Oriental region related to the emerald ash borer, A. planipennis Fairmaire, 1888 and synonymy of Sarawakita Obenberger, 1924. ZooKeys. 239:71-94.
Konstantinov, A.S., Chamorro, M.L., Prathapan, K.D., Si-Qin, G., Xing-Ke, Y. 2013. Moss inhabiting flea beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini) with description of a new genus from Cangshan, China. ZooKeys. 1-19.
Blanco, J., Konstantinov, A.S. 2013. Review of the New World species of the genus Argopistes Motschulsky (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini). Zootaxa. 3626(2):249-267.