Florida State Collection of Arthropods

Saint Pete Beach, FL, United States

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The genus Cycadophila Xu, Tang & Skelley (Coleoptera: Erotylidae: Pharaxonothinae) associated with Cycas L. (Cycadacaeae) in Asia is reviewed. Strobilophila, new subgenus, with five species is described: Cycadophila (Strobilophila) assamensis new species, C. (S.) hiepi new species, C. (S.) kwaiensis new species, C. (S.) tansachai new species and C. (S.) yangi new species, all associated with Cycas. For the nominate subgenus Cycadophila eight new species are described, Cycadophila (Cycadophila) abyssa new species, C. (C.) collina new species,C. (C.) samara new species, C. (C.) convexa new species, C. (C.) cyclochasma new species, C. (C.) eurynota new species, C. (C.) papua new species, and C. (C.) torquata new species and four new generic combinations are proposed: C. (C.) vittata (Arrow) new combination, C. (C.) discimaculata (Mader) new combination, C. (C.) intermedia (Chûjô) new combination, and C. (C.) lata (Grouvelle) new combination. Only the first three listed species of the nominate subgenus have known associations with Cycas. Species are distinguished on the basis of morphology and/or by analysis of 16S rRNA gene sequences. The larva of subgenus Strobilophila is described based on individuals collected together with adults and matched with analysis of 16S rRNA gene sequences. Keys to subgenera and species of known adults and larvae are provided.


News Article | November 23, 2016
Site: www.sciencenews.org

Bedbugs give me nightmares. Really. I have dreamt of them crawling up my legs while I lie in bed. These are common bedbugs, Cimex lectularius, and after largely disappearing from our beds in the 1950s, they have reemerged in the last few decades to cause havoc in our homes, offices, hotels and even public transportation. Now there’s a new nightmare. Or rather, another old one. It’s the tropical bedbug, C. hemipterus. Its presence has been confirmed in Florida, and the critters could spread to other southern states, says Brittany Campbell, a graduate student at the University of Florida in Gainesville, who led a new study that tracked down the pests. Tropical bedbugs can be found in a geographic band of land running between 30° N latitude and 30° S. In the last 20 years or so, they’ve been collected from Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Australia, Rwanda and more. Back in 1938, some were collected in Florida. There were more reports of the species in the following years, but none since the 1940s. Then, in 2015, researchers at the Insect Identification Laboratory at the University of Florida identified bedbugs sent to the lab from a home in Brevard County, Florida, as tropical bedbugs. To confirm the analysis, researchers went to the home and collected more samples. They were indeed tropical bedbugs, the team reports in the September Florida Entomologist. The family thought that the bedbugs must have been transported unknowingly into the house by one of the people who lived there. But no one living in the home had traveled outside the state recently, let alone outside the country. This suggests that tropical bedbugs can be found elsewhere in Florida, the team concludes. Additional evidence comes from the Florida State Collection of Arthropods, which holds two female tropical bedbugs that, according to their label, were collected in Orange County, Florida, on June 11, 1989, from bedding. “Whether this species has been present in Florida and never disappeared, or has been reintroduced and remains in small populations, is not currently known,” the researchers write. Why hasn’t anyone noticed? Well, people don’t usually send bedbugs to entomologists when they have an infestation, and your average victim isn’t going to notice the difference between the two species. “Both species are very similar,” Campbell says. Not only do they look alike, but they also both “feed on blood, hide in cracks and crevices and have similar lifestyles.” Plus, there’s been little research directly comparing the two species, she notes, so scientists don’t know how infestations might differ. Just to give us all a few more nightmares, Campbell points out something else: While there’s probably no reason to worry that the creepy critters will spread as climate change warms the globe, she says that there is a potential for the species to move north “because humans provide nice conditions for bedbugs to develop.”


Ratcliffe B.C.,University of Nebraska - Lincoln | Skelley P.E.,Florida State Collection of Arthropods
Coleopterists Bulletin | Year: 2011

The larva of Homophileurus integer (Burmeister, 1847) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae: Phileurini) is described for the first time and accompanied by notes on its biology based on specimens from Suriname. An updated key to the known third-stage larvae of American Phileurini is provided.


Wesolowska W.,Wrocław University | Edwards G.B.,Florida State Collection of Arthropods
Annales Zoologici | Year: 2012

Forty nine species of jumping spiders from the Calabar area in southeastern Nigeria and two from Kaduna Junction in central northern Nigeria are listed in this paper. Among these, the following 8 species are described as new to science: Bacelarella gibbosa sp. nov. (♂ ♀), Brancus lacrimosus sp. nov. (♂), "Brancus" nigeriensis sp. nov. (♀), Mexcala smaragdina sp. nov. (♂), Phintella paludosa sp. nov. (♂), Thiratoscirtus atakpa sp. nov. (♀), Thiratoscirtus efik sp. nov. (♂) and Thiratoscirtus procerus sp. nov. (♀). Females of Baryphas jullieni Simon, 1902, Longarenus brachycephalus Simon, 1903 and Thiratoscirtus torquatus Simon, 1903 are described for the first time. Two species names are synonymized, Schenkelia gertschi Berland et Millot, 1941 with Schenkelia modesta Lessert, 1927 and Myrmarachne insulana Roewer, 1942 with Myrmarachne hesperia (Simon, 1887). Four new combinations are proposed, Viciria mondoni Berland et Millot 1941, Viciria niveimana Simon, 1902 and Viciria peckhamorum Lessert, 1927 are transferred to the genus Brancus, and Mithion grassei Berland et Millot, 1941 is transferred to the genus Pseudicius. Twenty eight salticid species are recorded for the first time in Nigeria. © Fundacja Natura optima dux.


Tennessen K.J.,Florida State Collection of Arthropods
Organisms Diversity and Evolution | Year: 2012

The final instar nymph of Anisagrion inornatum is described and illustrated based on five specimens (one reared) from southern Ecuador. It is the first to be discovered for the genus. The nymph of Anisagrion inornatum differs from its closest relative, Apanisagrion lais, by: (1) antenna shorter in relation to head length (ratio 1.35 in An. inornatum vs 1.55 in Ap. lais); (2) fewer palpal and premental setae (5 palpal and 4 or 5 premental setae in An. inornatum vs 6-8 palpal and 5-8 premental setae in Ap. lais); (3) venter of S3-S8 with medial dark stripe. The nymphs were found in a slow shallow seep overgrown with emergent wetland plants. © Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik 2012.


I correct the publication dates for one genus and 14 species of Mecoptera (1 choristid, 4 bittacids, and 9 panorpids), and resurrect Panorpa confusa Westwood, 1841. Additionally, I provide a nomenclatural and taxonomic summary for these taxa, and a publication history for all of Westwood's related publications. Copyright © 2011 · Magnolia Press.


Lee J.,Andong National University | Thomas M.C.,Florida State Collection of Arthropods
Florida Entomologist | Year: 2011

The larvae of Cucujus c. clavipes Fabricius and C. c. puniceus Mannerheim are fully described and illustrated in detail for the first time. Based on larval and adult morphology the present recognition of two subspecies is maintained.


This treatise deals with the new genera Akonesis Opitz, new genus, Antennosus Opitz, new genus, Crusbatus Opitz, new genus, and Diutius Opitz, new genus. Two new species are described: Crusbatus spinosus Opitz, new species and Diutius pallidus Opitz, new species. A lectotype is designated for Akonesis pictipennis (Spinola). In addition to descriptions of taxa, a key to the genera and species and discussions of natural history and evolutionary relationships are provided. Eighteen characters were evaluated phylogenetically and analyzed with WINCLADA, in coordination with NONA, to generate two well-supported phylogenetic trees. It is postulated that the ancestor of the genera evolved in South America, with one species dispersal into the more eastern Panamanian terrain. The distribution of most species coincides with Quaternary forest refugia and South American clerofaunas.


Opitz W.,Florida State Collection of Arthropods
Canadian Entomologist | Year: 2016

The Pseudichnea complex involves the genera Ambitus, new genus, Ampleris, new genus, Sirpa, new genus, and Pseudichnea Schenkling. Ambitus includes one species, A. anticus Opitz, new species. Ampleris includes A. achira Opitz, new species, A. angustata Opitz, new species, A. cava Opitz, new species, A. orosi Opitz, new species, A. primitura Opitz, new species, A. rufocapilla Opitz, new species, and A. buenavista Opitz, new species. Pseudichnea includes P. acia Opitz, new species, P. arima Opitz, new species, P. eliminata Schenkling, and P. gracila Opitz, new species. Sirpa includes S. cauda Opitz, new species, S. flavoapiculis Opitz, new species, and S. skelleyi Opitz, new species. Morphological observations, particularly those based on mouthpart structure, suggest that these beetles are predatory. Their leg construction, especially development of the tarsal pads and ungues, suggest that they are lignicolous beetles that inhabit the woody components of arboreal vegetation, a niche in which they presumably pursue bark-beetle prey. Besides descriptions, this treatise includes a key to genera and species, 72 line drawings, eight electron micrographs, 16 habitus illustrations, and two distribution maps. © Entomological Society of Canada 2016


Tennessen K.J.,Florida State Collection of Arthropods
Zootaxa | Year: 2016

Psaironeura angeloi sp. nov. (Holotype male deposited in FSCA: ECUADOR, Esmeraldas Province, small stream 5.6 km NW of Lita, 00.893°N 78.510°W, 4.II.1997, KJT leg.) is described and illustrated based on specimens from Ecuador, Pan-Ama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, bringing the total number of species in the genus to five. The new species is closely re-lated to P. remissa (Calvert), a Mexican/northern Central American species with broad, foliate male cerci, but is distinct in that the long flagella of the genital ligula lack a small sharp spine unique to P. remissa, labrum and clypeus are orange-red, and the back of the head is mostly pale in both males and females. In life, the eyes of the new species are bright red in males versus green and black in P. remissa. Copyright © 2016 Magnolia Press.

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