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Classification, natural history and evolution of the Epiphloeinae (Coleoptera, Cleridae). Part 5, Decorosa Opitz, a new genus of checkered beetles from Hispaniola with description of its four new species ; American Museum novitates, no. 3628

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dc.contributor.author Opitz, Weston. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-09-18T15:01:19Z
dc.date.available 2008-09-18T15:01:19Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/5936
dc.description 19 p. : ill. (1 col.), 1 map ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 18-19). en_US
dc.description.abstract The new genus Decorosa Opitz, known only from the Dominican Republic, and its four new species are described: D. aladecoris, D. iviei, D. limatula, and D. neiba. Reduction of the seventh row of elytral punctations and filiform funicular antennomeres distinguish Decorosa specimens from other epiphloeines with antennae composed of 10 antennomeres. Aside from the conventional components of generic revisions this treatise also includes a review of Greater Antillean and Hispaniolan paleogeography, and comments about phylogenetics and zoogeographic considerations. Distributional records, in conjunction with analysis of intrageneric relationships suggest that Decorosa evolved in northern Hispaniola. Available specimens of Decorosa were collected from mountain forests of the Cordillera Central (1160-2885 m), Sierra de Neiba, (1856-1874 m), and from eastern terrain prehistorically considered part of the northern element of ancient Hispaniola. Compelling evidence from geology and biology suggests that extant Hispaniola was prehistorically composed of a northern and southern island. It is suggested that ancestral Decorosa split into the limatula-iviei and decorosa-neiba stocks in the more northern ancient terrain of Hispaniola. Subsequently, each of two ancestral lineages yielded at least two sister species. It is further postulated that there occurred two dispersal events that brought one species of each sister pair to more southern Hispaniola; limatula from the limatula-iviei lineage and neiba from the aladecoris-neiba lineage. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York, NY : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates, no. 3628 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.3628 2008 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Decorosa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cleridae -- Hispaniola en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Beetles -- Hispaniola en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Insects -- Hispaniola en_US
dc.title Classification, natural history and evolution of the Epiphloeinae (Coleoptera, Cleridae). Part 5, Decorosa Opitz, a new genus of checkered beetles from Hispaniola with description of its four new species ; American Museum novitates, no. 3628 en_US
dc.title.alternative Decorosa Opitz, a new genus of checkered beetles from Hispaniola with description of its four new species en_US
dc.title.alternative Epiphloeinae. en_US
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  • American Museum Novitates
    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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