Location: Systematic Entomology
Title: A new genus of Neotropical Monoplatina (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini) from leaf litter Authors
Submitted to: The Coleopterists Bulletin
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: January 27, 2012
Publication Date: April 6, 2012
Citation: Konstantinov, A.S., Linzmeier, A.M. 2012. A new genus of Neotropical Monoplatina (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini) from leaf litter. The Coleopterists Bulletin. 3260:19-32. Interpretive Summary: Leaf beetles, especially flea beetles, are among the most important insects to U.S. agriculture. Many are serious pests, feeding on crops and destroying valuable plants; others are important biological control agents that can be used to control unwanted weeds. This work describes a leaf beetle group that inhabits leaf litter and 4 species new to science from Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. We provide characters, descriptions, and illustrations, as well as 2 keys for their identification. This study will be useful to biological control workers, taxonomists, ecologists, and anyone interested in phytophagous beetles.
Technical Abstract: A new genus (Andersonaltica) containing four new species from Central America is described and illustrated. It is compared to Aedmon Clark, Apleuraltica Bechyne, Distigmoptera Blake, Hypolampsis Clark, and Pseudolampsis Horn and a key to identification of these genera is provided