Insects - Southern Africa (identified for the 1st time on iNat or difficult to identify)'s Journal

July 16, 2024

Anomalipus urus Fåhraeus 1870

Primary carinae appear continuous, although they are deeply punctate; secondary carinae, however, less elevated and granularly fragmented

Detailled description, distribution map and photo in:
Endrody-Younga, S. 1988. Revision of the genus Anomalipus Latreille, 1846. Page 80
http://the-eis.com/elibrary/sites/default/files/downloads/literature/Revision%20of%20the%20genus%20Anomalipus%20Latreille.pdf
Plate 22B: https://journals.co.za/doi/pdf/10.10520/AJA090799001_18

Distribution: NE South Africa ('Transvaal'), KZN, Botswana.

Original description in:
Fåhraeus, O. I. 1870. Coleoptera Caffrariae, annis 1838–1845 a J. A. Wahlberg collecta. Heteromera descripsit. Öfversigt af Kongliga Vetenskaps-Akademiens Förhandlingar 27. Page 293.
Fåhraeus OI (1870) Coleoptera Caffrariae, annis 1838–1845 a J. A. Wahlberg collecta. Heteromera descripsit. Öfversigt af Kongliga Vetenskaps-Akademiens Förhandlingar 27

iNat observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/229532647

(Identification & info provided by @andrewdeacon - thank you!)

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July 15, 2024

Yellow-marked Craspedophorus species in Southern Africa

Notabene:

  • This is a treatment for species recorded from Southern Africa only. Distribution data is for Southern Africa only, most species listed here do occur beyond the subregion.
  • iNat calls the genus Craspedophorus "Yellow-spotted" Ground Beetles which is very apt for some species, less so or misleading for other species. Some species have patches or fascia rather than spots, some are unicolor without maculae. Some species have yellow patches, others have orange-reddish patches.
  • The best known and perhaps most common species is Craspedophorus bonvouloirii, but it is hardly identified to species level on iNat, the iNat community seems to be not brave enough to make a call and determine a species or some users are overenthusiastic and Id them all as C. bonvouloirii not being aware that there are numerous similar species known from the region. This species was given the common name "Yellow-spotted Ground Beetle" in several editions of Picker et al. Field Guide to insects of South Africa, which is an okayish name, as the beetle has four yellow large patches, but this is true for the entire complex of the*erichsoni* and nobilis groups. The shape of the spots is however distinctive for several groups or species: roundish, subquadrate, transverse, fascia-like, serrated, rounded or straight edge of the patches, small to large.
  • Distinguishing characters are: shape of pronotum, pronotum pedunculate or not, shape and size of elytral markings, colour of elytral markings, lack of elytral markings.
  • Identification: All listed species are illustrated in the five Häckel papers. Carefully compare to the photos and known distribution and make a call. I am optimistic that we can determine most of the observations to species level provided the photos show enough detail.

References:
Häckel, M. & Farkač, J. 2012. A check-list of the subfamily Panagaeinae Hope, 1838 of the World (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Studies and Reports, Taxonomical series. 8. 67-116.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/265964033_A_check-list_of_the_subfamily_Panagaeinae_Hope_1838_of_the_World_Coleoptera_Carabidae/link/5421a1740cf2a39f4af5d845/download?_tp=eyJjb250ZXh0Ijp7ImZpcnN0UGFnZSI6InB1YmxpY2F0aW9uIiwicGFnZSI6InB1YmxpY2F0aW9uIn19

Häckel, M. 2016. A contribution to the knowledge of the subfamily Panagaeinae Hope, 1838 from Africa. Part 1. Revision of the Craspedophorus reflexus group (Coleoptera: Carabidae)
http://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4061.5.3
https://www.tesble.com/10.11646/zootaxa.4061.5.3

Häckel, M. 2017. A contribution to the knowledge of the subfamily Panagaeinae Hope, 1838 from Africa. Part 2. Revision of the Craspedophorus leprieuri and C. regalis groups (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Zootaxa
https://www.academia.edu/116731584/A_contribution_to_the_knowledge_of_the_subfamily_Panagaeinae_Hope_1838_br_from_Africa_Part_2_Revision_of_the_Craspedophorus_leprieuri_and_C_regalis_groups_Coleoptera_Carabidae_&nav_from=1122ed86-b6c0-4a82-ac68-c4c7a4884f58&rw_pos=0

Häckel, M. 2017. A contribution to the knowledge of the subfamily Panagaeinae Hope, 1838 from Africa. Part 3. Revision of the Craspedophorus strachani and C. brevicollis groups (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Zootaxa 4330.
https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4330.1.1
https://www.tesble.com/10.11646/zootaxa.4330.1.1

Häckel, M. 2020. A contribution to knowledge of the subfamily Panagaeinae Hope, 1838 from Africa. Part 4. Revision of the Craspedophorus erichsoni and nobilis groups (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Studies and Reports Taxonomical Series 16 (1): 21-71, 2020
https://ia600602.us.archive.org/15/items/sar18055648-16-1-021-072/sar18055648-16-1-021-072.pdf

Häckel, M. 2022. A contribution to knowledge of the subfamily Panagaeinae Hope, 1838 from Africa. Part 5. Revision of the Craspedophorus festivus group (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Studies and Reports Taxonomical Series 18(1).
https://sar.fld.czu.cz/cache/article-data/SaR/Published_volumes/2022-1/7-66_hackel.pdf


Craspedophorus species wihout yellow maculae on the elytra:
C. impictus (Boheman, 1848) - reflexus group
Distribution: Mozambique: Maputo Province; South Africa: Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Western Cape Provinces; Zimbabwe.
C. unicolor (Chaudoir, 1879) - regalis group
Distribution: Zimbabwe


leprieuri species group
Craspedophorus leprieuri peringueyi Csiki, 1929
Distribution: Mozambique: Niassa Province; eastern Zimbabwe
Head short, not constricted behind eyes. Pronotum more transverse. Smaller species: 13-18 mm.

Craspedophorus-leprieuri-peringueyi

Craspedophorus merus merus Péringuey 1904.
Distribution: Zimbabwe.
Pronotum with anterior angles weakly lobed and protruded anteriorly, base weakly extened posteriorly. Elytra with maculae transverse, more-or-less fragmented (Plate 3, Figs 26, 27).

Craspedophorus-merus-merus

Craspedophorus pretiosus (Chaudoir, 1837), as Panagaeus.
Distribution: South Africa: KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape Provinces.

Craspedophorus-pretiosus


strachani group
Craspedophorus sciakyi Häckel 2022
Distribution: South Africa: Namaqualand, Northern Cape.

Craspedophorus-sciakyi


brevicollis group
Craspedophorus abnormis Bates 1886.
Distribution: South Africa: KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo; Zimbabwe.

Craspedophorus-abnormis


erichsoni group
Craspedophorus ornatus (Boheman 1848)
Distribution: South Africa: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal.

Craspedophorus-ornatus-ornatus

Craspedophorus rikatlensis (Péringuey, 1896)
Distribution: Mozambique (Maputo province)

Craspedophorus-rikatlensis


nobilis group
Key to nobilis group in Southern Africa:
Key-to-nobilis-group-in-Southern-Africa

Craspedophorus bonvouloirii (Chaudoir 1861)
Original description in:
Chaudoir, M. de 1861. Revision des espèces qui rentrent dans l`ancien genre Panagaeus. Bulletin da la Société Impériale des Naturalistes de Moscou 34(4).
https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/152369#page/1070/mode/1up
Redescription in:
Chaudoir, M. de 1879. Essai monographie sur les Panagéides (part II). Annales de la Société Entomologique des Belgique 21
https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/46150#page/139/mode/1up
Distribution: Botswana, Mozambique: Maputo Province; South Africa: KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo,
Mpumalanga; eSwatini.
Pronotum more triangular than hexagonal, with maximum width behind midlength and base always with at least minor lateral emarginations (pedunculate).
Antenna from 4th antennomere on always flattened.
Shape wider and more convex, elytra more ovoid, each elytron with two rectangular to quadrate yellow maculae.
Larger species, 15-20 mm.

Craspedophorus-bonvouloirii

Craspedophorus gratiosus (Chaudoir 1879)
Original description in:
Chaudoir M. de 1879: Essai monographie sur les Panagéides (part II). Annales de la Société Entomologique des Belgique 21
https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/46150#page/138/mode/1up
Distribution: Mozambique: Maputo Province; South Africa: KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga.

Craspedophorus-gratiosus-gratiosus

Craspedophorus gratiosus drakensis Häckel 2020
Distribution: South Africa: KwaZulu Natal, Drakensberg Mountains.

Craspedophorus-gratiosus-drakensis

Craspedophorus nobilis (Dejean 1826)
Distribution: South Africa: Eastern, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, North West.

Craspedophorus-nobilis-Dejean-1829

Craspedophorus opulentus (Péringuey 1898)
Distribution: South Africa: KwaZulu-Natal

Craspedophorus-opulentulus
to host deutsch

Craspedophorus subgratiosus Basilewsky 1987
Distribution: South Africa: Limpopo

Craspedophorus-subgratiosus


festivus group
Craspedophorus galla (Raffray, 1886), as Eudema
Distribution: South Africa: Mpumalanga; eSwatini.
Pronotum with lateral margins more straight narrowing to the neck, anterior pronotal angles vide open, rounded but slightly distinct (Fig. 48 j, k), elytral maculae with a strongly serrated margin in both sexes (Plate 3: Figs. 29, 30).

Craspedophorus-galla

Craspedophorus jeanneli Alluaud, 1930.
Distribution: South Africa: Limpopo.
Pronotum strictly semilunar-shaped, not narrowing anteriorly, but widely and regularly rounded, anterior angles completely indistinct, flanks arcuate to anterior pronotal margin (Fig. 48o), elytral maculae with a less serrated margin in some females (Plate 3, Figs. 27, 28).

Craspedophorus-jeanneli

Craspedophorus schuelei Häckel 2022.
Distribution: Mozambique: Sofala Province.

Craspedophorus-schuelei

Craspedophorus selenoderus (LaFerté-Sénectere, 1851), as Isotarsus. =Epigraphus fuscicornis (Kolbe 1883).
Distribution: Zimbabwe.

Craspedophorus-selenoderus

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July 11, 2024

Symplecta (Podoneura) anthracogramma (Bergroth 1888)

The subgenus S. (Podoneura) can be recognised by the fork of the last longitudinal wing vein A1. Wing venation of. S. anthracogramma is illustrated in MAD2, page 456 fig. 91.
Only one species known from Southern Africa (Western Cape, KZN and Harare).

Thorax with three dark longitudinal lines. Legs variegated, all femora with a subterminal yellow ring, remainder black. Wings subhyaline and spotted; fork of vein A1 large and sprawly.

Original description & illustration of wing in:
Bergroth, E. 1888. On some South African Tipulidae. Entomologisk Tidskrift. Volume 9
Figure 2: https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/12256099#page/141/mode/1up
https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/12256099#page/143/mode/1up

Symplecta-anthracogramma

Key (Erioptera) in:
Alexander, C. P. 1956. Tipulidae. Ruwenzori Expedition 1934-1935. Volume 1. London British Museum (Natural History) pp. 129 - 380. Page 347
https://ccw.naturalis.nl/documents/Alexander,_1956f.pdf

iNat observation:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/102514965

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July 10, 2024

Phycus flavus Lyneborg 1978

Slender fly with yellowish abdomen and all femora yellowish. Antennae (illustrated in Lyneborg 1978 and 1987): Scape with only short pile dorsally. First flagellomere entirely black. Palpi dark brown.

Original description in:
Lyneborg, L. 1978. The Afrotropical species of Phycus Walker (Diptera: Therevidae). Entomologica Scandinavica 9. Also in: Insect Systematics & Evolution, 9(3), 212-233. https://doi.org/10.1163/187631278X00467
https://www.tesble.com/10.1163/187631278x00467

Male:
Total length. 7.2 mm.
Head: Frons at level of antennae c.35 % as wide as head, and at level of anterior ocellus c. 30% as wide as head. Antennal segment I c. 34% as long as depth of head, and c. 160% as long as maximal width. Antennal segment 3 c. 520% as long as segment 1, and c. 650% as long as maximal width. - Frons largely black and shining, but not polished, upper half depressed and with an extremely thin tomentum, lower lateral parts with thick, whitish tomentum.
Frons and face entirely bare. Palpi dark brownish. Antennal segments I and 2 brownish, segment 3 blackish. Segment 1 with extremely short pile and some strong setae on ventral surface.
Thorax. n = 2-3, sa = 1, pa = 1, dc = 0, sc = 1.
Mesonotum black, intensively tomentose, the tomentum forming a pattern of two narrow, brownish-grey stripes on middle and broader lateral bands of same coloration, areas between these brownish-grey portions are pure greyish.
Mesonotal pile very short and black. Mesopleuron black, shining; however, not polished due to a very thin tomentum, but clearly different in coloration from sternopleuron, which is intensively greyish tomentose.
Wings uniformly brownish-hyaline. Knob of halteres dark brownish.
Legs. All coxae greyish-black. F 1 and f2 yellowish-brown; f3 missing. T 1, t2 and their tarsi black.
Abdomen yellowish-brown with extremely short, black pile.

Female: Total length. 8.6 mm.
Head. Frons at level of antennae c. 38 % as wide as head, and at level of anterior ocellus c. 31 % as wide as head. Antennal segment 1 c. 28% as long as depth of head, and c. 160% as long as maximal width. Antennal segment 3 c. 400 % as long as segment 1, and c. 650 % as long as maximal width. -Coloration as in male. Thorax and wings as in male. Coxae paler than in male, largely brownish and with only slight grey tomentum. Also f3 yellowish-brown. Abdomen entirely yellowish-brown as in male.

Type locality: South Africa, N. E. Transvaal, Olifants River, Grootdraai (holotype male) - Female paratype from Pretoria, South Africa.

Key to species of southern African Phycus in:
Lyneborg, L. 1987. Notes on the Phycini of southern Africa with the description of a new genus and two new species (Diptera: Therevidae: Phycinae). Annals of the Natal Museum 28 (2): 467-474.
https://journals.co.za/doi/pdf/10.10520/AJA03040798_396

iNat observation:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/225381602

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July 08, 2024

Meloe (Meloe) hottentotus Péringuey 1885

Diagnostic description by @beetledude

Meloe (Meloe) hottentotus -- Eastern ZA Oil Beetle
Six or seven species, belonging to two subgenera, of Meloe oil beetles occur in southern Africa. The genus is unmistakeable: fairly large, black beetles, some of them with a greenish, bluish, purplish sheen, sometimes metallic; all flightless, with shortened elytra; and mostly with a hugely distended abdomen.

Three Meloe species are known from KwaZulu-Natal and from the Eastern Cape, two species of the subgenus Afromeloe and the third in the subgenus Meloe. The subgenus Meloe is easily told apart from the Afromeloe therein that the middle antennal segments (Nos 5, 6, 7) are modified, but unmodified in Afromeloe. In the males [this observation] those segments are crooked and enlarged; in females those segments are broader than the other segments.

The single species of subgenus Meloe known from this area is Meloe (Meloe) hottentotus. This species can be distinguished from other southern African Meloe by the following combination of characters:
• Middle antennale segments modified [as above].
• Head and pronotum with coarse, deep and dense punctures.
• Pronotum elongate, longer than wide.
• Punctures on head and pronotum dense but distinctly separated from each other.
• Distribution ECape, KZN, Free State, Lesotho, Mpumalanga.

Reference
Bologna MA, Pinto JD (1998) A review of the Afrotropical species of Meloe Linnaeus 1758 (Coleoptera Meloidae) with descriptions of first instar larvae, a key to species and an annotated catalogue. Tropical Zoology 11(1): 19–59.
https://doi.org/10.1080/03946975.1998.10539352.
OPEN ACCESS.


Oringinal description in:
Péringuey, L. 1885. First contribution to the South-African coleopterous Fauna. Transactions of the
South African Philosophical Society 3 (1885). doi:10.1080/21560382.1881.9526176
https://www.tesble.com/10.1080/21560382.1881.9526176

Tranlsated from Latin:
Cyan, shiny, antennae long, joints 5-7 thickened in male, compressed; prothorax elongate, deeply punctate; elytra aciculate [=marked with fine irregular streaks like needle scratches].

Length 13-22mm, width 4-7 mm.
The head is deeply punctured and separated from the epistome by a longitudinal impression; the antennae are long reaching as far as the middle of the elytra; in the male the 5 and 7 article are enlarged and compressed, the 6, the largest of the three is hollowed; the palpi are black and slightly infuscated at the tips.
The prothorax is deeply punctured, slightly convex on the upper side, attenuated near the base the margin of which is slightly sinuated; above the basal margin is a slight depression, and the outer sides are perpendicular.
The elytra are broader than the prothorax and three times as long. They diverge greatly from the middle and are finely aciculated.
The abdomen and underside are finely punctured.
The legs are coppery dark-blue, the tarsi are very slightly hirtose underneath.
From Port Elizabeth, Cape Colony, and Leydenberg, Transvaal.
In the Collection of the South-African Museum.

Redescription and illustration of male in:
Péringuey, L. 1909. Descriptive catalogue of the Coleoptera of South Africa. Family Meloidae.
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa 1
https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/181696#page/243/mode/1up
Plate 22, figure 4

Photos of museum specimens in Bolgna Pinto 1998: figures 25 and 30.

Pérenguey 1909, page 170 explains the common name of the genus Meloe: "When seized they exude through the joints of the legs, especially the knees, a yellow fluid, much in the same manner as in the genus Horia. It is this peculiarity which has gained for them the popular name of " oil beetles." "

iNat observations:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/187603452
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/198365786

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July 04, 2024

Mariazofia hottentotus (Péringuey 1899)

Very hairy beetle with small tubercles (not arranged on carinae).

Orinignal description (Psammodes hottentotus) and illustration in:
Péringuey L. 1899. Fifth contribution to the South-African Coleopterous Fauna. Annals of the South Africa Museum 1: 240–330.
https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/17257#page/289/mode/1up
Plate 6, figure 9: https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/17257#page/353/mode/1up
Translated from Latin:
Pitch black, somewhat glossy, antennae slender; head anteriorly densely clothed with ochraceous hairs, apex glabrous, light; the prothorax is equal in length to the width, rounded and widened, anterior angles acute, prominent, posterior obliterated, convex above sparsely punctate, the points bearing the longest setae, the lateral margin sub-serrate, the sides narrowly granular; elytra rounded, base enlarged, convex, sloping posteriorly, with strong granulation, thickly and regularly covered with long setae; strong feet, femora thick, with yellow tomrntum; epipleura granulated. Length. 23 mm.; width. 15 mm.

Type locality: Clanwilliam, South Africa

iNat observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/40893872

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July 03, 2024

Anomalipus meles Fåhraeus 1870

Small to medium sized; with three to seven welldeveloped elytral carinae, intervals tuberculate. Carination consists of three to seven continuous crests, seconpary carinae are lower or even fragmented. Margins of carinae serrate owing to confluent tubercles. Intervals set with a single, not quite straight row of tubercles. Pronotum with dense to moderately spaced fine but sharp punctures. Anterior tibia of males lacking apicoventral process but denticulate at inner margin.

Detailled description, distribution map and photo in:
Endrody-Younga, S. 1988. Revision of the genus Anomalipus Latreille, 1846
http://the-eis.com/elibrary/sites/default/files/downloads/literature/Revision%20of%20the%20genus%20Anomalipus%20Latreille.pdf
(Description page 75. Distribution map fig. 52)
Plate 20B: https://journals.co.za/doi/pdf/10.10520/AJA090799001_18

Also illustrated in:
Schoeman C. S, Cory Toussaint D, Tshililo P, Foord S. H, Hamer M. 2019. Darkling beetles of the bushveld: an annotated checklist of the Tenebrionidae of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, South Africa (Coleoptera). https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.29054.33604
Plate 5L: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Colin-Schoeman/publication/337533097_DARKLING_BEETLES_OF_THE_BUSHVELD_AN_ANOTATED_CHECKLIST_OF_THE_TENEBRIONIDAE_OF_THE_VHEMBE_BIOSPHERE_RESERVE_SOUTH_AFRICA_COLEOPTERA/links/5ddcde34458515dc2f4dd964/DARKLING-BEETLES-OF-THE-BUSHVELD-AN-ANOTATED-CHECKLIST-OF-THE-TENEBRIONIDAE-OF-THE-VHEMBE-BIOSPHERE-RESERVE-SOUTH-AFRICA-COLEOPTERA.pdf

Distribution: Eastern South Africa (Mpumalanga, Limpopo), Lesotho, southern Botswana.

Original description in:
Fåhraeus, O. I. 1870. Coleoptera Caffrariae, annis 1838–1845 a J. A. Wahlberg collecta. Heteromera descripsit. Öfversigt af Kongliga Vetenskaps-Akademiens Förhandlingar, 27, 243–358.
https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/38006#page/60/mode/1up
Translated from Latin:
Black, slightly convex. ochreous-pollinose; thorax rounded-enlarged, wrinkled-punctate, the lateral margin depressed, slightly sinuous near the base; elytra suboval, posteriorly sloping, dorsally ribbed, costae 3, 5 and 7 obsolete; anterior tibiae internally multi-dentate, with a medium-sized external tooth. Length 16 mm, width. 10 mm.

iNat observation:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/226813825

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July 01, 2024

Stips costata (Westwood 1837)

The genus Stips is represented by 3 species in South Africa:
Stips costata Westwood 1837 with two subspecies: S. c. costata and S. c. grandis
Stips cassidioides
Stips gebieni

Original description and illustration in:
Westwood, O. J. 1837 in: Magasin de zoology
https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/37087471#page/410/mode/1up
https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/37087471#page/559/mode/1up

Black, opaque, with punctuation, head with a raised central longitudinal line, thoracic disc finely punctate, and in the middle equipped with two posteriorly diverging costae; antennae and feet piceous.

Stips costata grandis is known from Namaqualand and described in Hesse 1952
Koch C (1952b) The Tenebrionidae of southern Africa. VIII. Materials for a monographic study on Eurychorini (Coleoptera). Bulletin de la Société Fouad 1er d‘Entomologie 36: 1–125 + Plates I–XIII.

Distribution: South Africa south of the Orange River (Great Karroo, Namaqualand, Bushmanland)

Also illustrated in Koch 1955
Plate 2, figure 5: https://journals.co.za/doi/pdf/10.10520/AJA0000012_541

iNat observations:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/95775538
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/176163040

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June 28, 2024

Acacidiplosis Gagné 1993

Acacidiplosis is a Cedidomyiine genus of 13 species,
page 174: https://www.ars.usda.gov/ARSUserFiles/80420580/Gagne_Jaschhof_2021_World_Cat_5th_Ed.pdf
all described and illustrated by Gagné 1993 from Kenya, inducing galls on Vachellia tortilis.
https://journals.flvc.org/mundi/article/view/24725/24056

Several undescribed species are known from galls in South Africa, inducing galls on inflorescences of Vachellia tortilis or on nodes of Vachellia karroo, V. tortillis, V. gerrardi and V. exuvialis
These species are described and given common names in:
Adair, R. 2004. Seed-reducing Cecidomyiidae as potential biological control agents for invasive Australian wattles in South Africa, particularly Acacia mearnsii and A. cyclops. University of Cape Town
https://open.uct.ac.za/items/45d2b3ee-d5a3-40af-8b73-4915f6e4fc0e

Larvae: Sternal spatula reduced to broad, quadrate, short, shaft, with 1 or 2 narrow terminal teeth.

Description of adult detailled in Gagne 1993.

iNat observ ations from Botswana:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/101812470
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/144023550
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/193768281
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/102972204

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June 17, 2024

Omorgus (Afromorgus) species lists for Southern Africa

From Zidek 2013 & Zidek 2017:
Zidek, J., 2013. Checklist and bibliography of the Trogidae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea). Insecta mundi, pp. 1–38.
Zídek, J., 2017. Updated checklist and bibliography of family Trogidae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea). Folia Heyrovskyana, 25: 93-127

Botswana:
O.A. radula (Erichson, 1843)
O.A. tuberosus (Klug, 1855)
O.A. zumpti (Haaf, 1957)
O.A. asperulatus (Harold, 1872)
O.A. melancholicus (Fåhraeus, 1857)
O.A. mutabilis (Haaf, 1954

Mozambique:
O.A. ponderosus (Péringuey, 1901)
O.A. tuberosus (Klug, 1855)
O.A. unguicularis (Haaf, 1954)
O.A. melancholicus (Fåhraeus, 1857)
O.A. mutabilis (Haaf, 1954)
O.A. radula (Erichson, 1843)

Namibia:
O.A. radula (Erichson, 1843)
O.A. rusticus (Fåhraeus, 1857)
O.A. wittei (Haaf, 1955)
O.A. zumpti (Haaf, 1957)
O.A. asperulatus (Harold, 1872)
O.A. endroedyi (Scholtz, 1979)
O.A. foveolatus (Boheman, 1860)
O.A. freyi (Haaf, 1954)
O.A. insignis (Scholtz, 1979)
O.A. melancholicus (Fåhraeus, 1857)

South Africa:
O.A. ponderosus (Péringuey, 1901)
O.A. radula (Erichson, 1843)
O.A. rusticus (Fåhraeus, 1857)
O.A. tuberosus (Klug, 1855)
O.A. unguicularis (Haaf, 1954)
O.A. zumpti (Haaf, 1957)
O.A. asperulatus (Harold, 1872)
O.A. freyi (Haaf, 1954) https://www.zobodat.at/pdf/Entomologische-Arbeiten-Museum-Frey_5_0326-0393.pdf
O.A. lindemannae (Petrovitz, 1975)
O.A. melancholicus (Fåhraeus, 1857)
O.A. mutabilis (Haaf, 1954)
O.A. satorui Kawai, 2006

Zimbabwe
O.A. ponderosus (Péringuey, 1901)
O.A. radula (Erichson, 1843)
O.A. rusticus (Fåhraeus, 1857)
O.A. unguicularis (Haaf, 1954)
O.A. wittei (Haaf, 1955)
O.A. zumpti (Haaf, 1957)
O.A. melancholicus (Fåhraeus, 1857)

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