A Monograph of the Australopacific Saprininae (Coleoptera, Histeridae)

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This study revises the taxonomy of Ungla - an obscure but widespread, attractive, and potentially useful Neotropical genus of green lacewings. Prior to the study, Ungla species were known to occur in a variety of settings - natural, agricultural, and horticultural. However, they could not be identified, and their value as natural enemies of phytophagous pests could not be assessed. The revision here recognizes twenty-five valid Ungla species based on distinctive external features and subtle differences in male abdominal morphology.

It assigns five previously misidentified species to Ungla, describes seven new species, and identifies ten new synonymies. It provides keys, detailed descriptions, and images for identifying and classifying all known species in the genus. And, it supplies information on the distribution, biology, and literature of each species. As a result of this work, the genus is now poised for biological investigation and evaluation.

The study also illustrates a fascinating geographical pattern of distribution. Ungla species now appear to comprise two geographically distinct groups: one in southern South America (specifically Argentina and Brazil) and the other in more northern areas of Neotropical America (Andean and Caribbean regions, Central America, southern Mexico). No overlap of the distributions is known to occur.
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  • Introduction
  • Material and methods
  • Taxonomy
  • Key to the genera of the Saprininae of the Australopacific Region.
  • Australopachylopus gen. n.
  • Australopachylopus lepidulus (Broun, 1881) comb. n.
  • Chalcionellus Reichardt, 1932
  • Chalcionellus aeneovirens (Schmidt, 1890)
  • Euspilotus Lewis, 1907
  • Subgenus Neosaprinus Bickhardt, 1909
  • Euspilotus (Neosaprinus) rubriculus (Marseul, 1855)
  • Gnathoncus Jacquelin du Val, 1857
  • Gnathoncus communis (Marseul, 1862)
  • Gnathoncus rotundatus (Kugelann, 1792)
  • Hypocacculus Bickhardt, 1914
  • Subgenus Hypocacculus s.str.
  • Hypocacculus (Hypocacculus) hyla (Marseul, 1864)
  • Hypocaccus C. Thomson, 1867
  • Subgenus Nessus Reichardt, 1932
  • Hypocaccus (Nessus) interpunctatus interpunctatus (Schmidt, 1885)
  • Subgenus Hypocaccus s.str.
  • Hypocaccus (Hypocaccus) brasiliensis (Paykull, 1811)
  • Hypocaccus (Hypocaccus) sinae (Marseul, 1862)
  • Subgenus Baeckmanniolus Reichardt, 1926
  • Hypocaccus (Baeckmanniolus) varians varians (Schmidt, 1890)
  • Iridoprinus gen. n.
  • Iridoprinus myrmecophilus sp. n.
  • Notosaprinus Kryzhanovskij, 1972
  • Notosaprinus irinus (Marseul, 1862)
  • Reichardtia Wenzel, 1944
  • Reichardtia pedator (Sharp, 1876)
  • Saprinodes Lewis, 1891
  • Saprinodes distinctus Dégallier, 1993
  • Saprinodes falcifer Lewis, 1891
  • Saprinus Erichson, 1834
  • Saprinus (Saprinus) amethystinus Lewis, 1900
  • Saprinus (Saprinus) artensis Marseul, 1862
  • Saprinus (Saprinus) australis (Boisduval, 1835)
  • Saprinus (Saprinus) chalcites (Illiger, 1807)
  • Saprinus (Saprinus) chathamensis sp. n.
  • Saprinus (Saprinus) cupreus Erichson, 1834
  • Saprinus (Saprinus) cyaneus cyaneus (Fabricius, 1775)
  • Saprinus (Saprinus) detritus (Fabricius, 1775)
  • Saprinus (Saprinus) grandiclava Kanaar, 1989
  • Saprinus (Saprinus) laetus Erichson, 1834
  • Saprinus (Saprinus) nitiduloides Fairmaire, 1883
  • Saprinus (Saprinus) pacificus sp. n.
  • Saprinus (Saprinus) pseudodetritus sp. n.
  • Saprinus (Saprinus) rarus sp. n.
  • Saprinus (Saprinus) splendens (Paykull, 1811)
  • Saprinus (Saprinus) tyrrhenus Blackburn, 1903 stat. n.
  • Saprinus (Saprinus) viridanus Lewis, 1899
  • Saprinus (Saprinus) viridipennis Lewis, 1901
  • Saprinus lindrothi Dahlgren, 1968 = Saprinus prasinus Erichson, 1834 syn. n.
  • Tomogenius Marseul, 1862
  • Tomogenius australis Dahlgren, 1976
  • Tomogenius incisus (Erichson, 1842)
  • Tomogenius kuscheli Dahlgren, 1976
  • Tomogenius latipes (Broun, 1881)
  • Tomogenius motocola Mazur, 1990
  • Tomogenius papuaensis Gomy, 2007
  • Tomogenius ripicola (Marseul, 1870)
  • Biogeographic synthesis and discussion
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
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