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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: SYSTEMATICS OF BEETLES IMPORTANT TO AGRICULTURE, LANDSCAPE PLANTS, AND BIOLOGICAL CONTROL

Location: Systematic Entomology

Title: Revision of the Chinese Chaetocnema picipes species-group (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini), with descriptions of three new species

Authors
item Yongying, Ruan -
item Konstantinov, Alexander
item Si-Qin, Ge -
item Xing-Ke, Yang -

Submitted to: ZooKeys
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: January 26, 2014
Publication Date: March 10, 2014
Citation: Yongying, R., Konstantinov, A.S., Si-Qin, G., Xing-Ke, Y. 2014. Revision of the Chinese Chaetocnema picipes species-group (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini), with descriptions of three new species. ZooKeys. 387:11-32.

Interpretive Summary: Leaf beetles are among the most important insects affecting U.S. Agriculture. Many are serious pests and feed on crops destroying valuable plants costing millions of dollars annually. Others are important biological control agents that can be used to destroy unwanted and invasive weeds. This work provides description and illustrations for a species group of flea beetles in China, containing five species, three of which are new to science, to allow for its identification and proper classification. This study will be useful to taxonomists, evolutionary biologists, and anyone interested in plant-feeding beetles.

Technical Abstract: Chaetocnema picipes species-group is revised in China. It contains 5 species including 3 new species: C. cheni n.sp., C. constricta n.sp. and C. kingpinensis n.sp.. The lectotype of C. fortecostata is designated. A key to all known species of this group from China and illustrations of habitus and genitalia are provided. A map of species distribution is given.

Last Modified: 10/24/2014
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