Phylogenetic revision of the flightless Australian genus Apterotheca Gebien (Coleoptera : Tenebrionidae : Coelometopinae)

Bouchard, P. (2002) Phylogenetic revision of the flightless Australian genus Apterotheca Gebien (Coleoptera : Tenebrionidae : Coelometopinae). Invertebrate Systematics, 16 3: 449-554. doi:10.1071/IT01029


Author Bouchard, P.
Title Phylogenetic revision of the flightless Australian genus Apterotheca Gebien (Coleoptera : Tenebrionidae : Coelometopinae)
Journal name Invertebrate Systematics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-5226
1447-2600
Publication date 2002-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/IT01029
Volume 16
Issue 3
Start page 449
End page 554
Total pages 106
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC, Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Language eng
Subject C1
270501 Animal Systematics, Taxonomy and Phylogeny
770703 Living resources (flora and fauna)
Abstract Members of the flightless genus Apterotheca Gebien (Coleoptera : Tenebrionidae) are mostly restricted to the high elevation rainforests of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area of north-eastern Australia. This region has been recognised as an 'epicentre of evolution for low vagility animals'. The genus Apterotheca is the most diverse low vagility insect taxon known in this region. Forty-four species are included here in a revision of the genus. Three of these species were previously included in Apterotheca (A. antaroides (Pascoe), A. besti (Blackburn) and A. punctipennis Carter), four were previously included in other genera (A. australis (Kulzer), comb. nov. and A. punctifrons (Gebien), comb. nov. in Apterophenus Gebien, A. costata (Buck), comb. nov. in Caxtonana Buck and A. pustulosa (Carter), comb. nov. in Austropeus Carter) and 37 are new. The monotypic genera Austropeus Carter, syn. nov. and Caxtonana Buck, syn. nov. are proposed as new synonyms of Apterotheca. A lectotype for A. punctipennis and A. besti are designated. A key to the species of Apterotheca and a phylogenetic analysis based on the morphological features of adults, as well as a discussion of character evolution, are also included. Data presented here represent the framework for future studies on the determinants of the patterns of diversity found in the Wet Tropics.
Keyword Zoology
Body Arresting Mechanism
Tropical Rain-forests
Beetles Coleoptera
Wet Tropics
Ultrastructure
Contractions
Extinctions
Patterns
Q-Index Code C1

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