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Diversity of Aleochara species in Madagascar (Coleoptera Staphylinidae Aleocharinae). 2000. Klimaszewski, J.; Uhlig, M.; Maus, C. Belgian Journal of Entomology 2: 227-256.

Year: 2000

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 20469

Language: English

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A review of the species of the genus Aleochara Gravenhorst from Madagascar is presented. Fifteen species in five subgenera are reported from the island. Of the fifteen species reported, six are known to occur only in Madagascar and are potentially endemic, but the remaining nine are broadly distributed and are reported from Madagascar and elsewhere (mainly continental Africa). The potentially endemic species constitute about 40% of the Aleochara fauna of the island. Aleochara granulicauda Cameron and A. lineatocollis Bernhauer are reported as new to Madagascar. A new subgenus, Madagaschara, is erected to embrace Aleochara subsulcata Pace. A lectotype is designated for A. granulicauda Cameron. Aleochara eppelsheimi Likovsky, a replacement name for A. picipennis Eppelsheim, is considered as a junior synonym of A. keiseri Scheerpeltz. Aleochara amplicollis Erichson is transferred to the tribe Hoplandriini Fenyes and the subgenus Palaeochara Bernhauer is elevated to generic status to embrace it (following Pace 1999). Keys to the subgenera and species are provided. Diagnoses are given for the fifteen Aleochara species (genitalic illustrations are provided for six), and for Palaeochara amplicollis (Erichson).