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IJSTR >> Volume 3- Issue 11, November 2014 Edition

International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research

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ISSN 2277-8616

Morphological Variation Of The Tanzanian Tailed Net-Winged Beetle Lycus Trabeatus Guérin-Méneville (Coleoptera: Lycidae) Connotes Subspecific Delimitation

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Nicodemus D. Matojo



Index Terms: Coleoptera, holotype, Lycidae, Lycus trabeatus, monotypic, paratype, species, subspecies



Abstract: Two morphotypes of the Tailed Net-winged Beetle Lycus trabeatus Guérin-Méneville, 1835 (Lycidae; Coleoptera), currently listed as a monotypic form, were identified and collected from the field in the southern highlands of Tanzania, where they were uncommon. One category was identified as a holotype female and the other one appeared to be a less described paratype female. Their morphological analysis reveals significant variation that connotes subspecific delimitation. The landmarks here reported as the basis for sub-categorization of L. trabeatus are mainly associated with the elytra upon which two new subspecies namely Lycus t. trabeatus and Lycus t. matojoi are proposed. The findings also expand the biogeographic docket of this insect.



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