Eur. J. Entomol. 104 (1): 99-103, 2007 | DOI: 10.14411/eje.2007.015

Afroaltica subaptera, new genus and new species of flea beetles from the southern Africa (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Alticinae)

Maurizio BIONDI, Paola D'ALESSANDRO
Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali, University of L'Aquila, 67010 Coppito (AQ), Italy; e-mail: biondi@univaq.it


Afroaltica subaptera
, a new genus and species of flea beetles (Chrysomelidae: Alticinae) from the eastern regions of southern Africa (Eastern Transvaal and Kwazulu-Natal), is described. Afroaltica gen. n. shows some similarities with the genus Dibolia Latreille, 1829 but it is easily distinguishable mainly by the simple-shaped apical spur of hind tibiae, not bifid. External habitus, scanning electronic micrographs of particular morphological features and line drawings of metafemoral spring and male and female genitalia of the new taxon are provided.

Keywords: Taxonomy, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Alticinae, Afroaltica, new genus, new species, Afrotropical region

Received: April 12, 2006; Accepted: October 3, 2006; Published: January 3, 2007Show citation

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BIONDI, M., & D'ALESSANDRO, P. (2007). Afroaltica subaptera, new genus and new species of flea beetles from the southern Africa (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Alticinae). Eur. J. Entomol.104(1), 99-103. doi: 10.14411/eje.2007.015.
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