A new Brachypsectra LeConte from Australia (Coleoptera: Brachypsectridae) with comparative notes on adults and larvae





Australia, Coleoptera, Brachypsectridae, Taxonomy, Biology


A new species, Brachypsectra cleidecostae Lawrence, Monteith & Reid sp. nov., is described from Australia on the basis of one reared adult female from inland Queensland and larvae from the type locality and two other widely separated semi-arid localities in South Australia and Western Australia. Two of the four larval collections were from under tree bark and one was from ground litter. The species is differentiated on both adult and larval characters. The broader mandible with retention of a retinacular tooth may indicate a sister relationship with species of the genus from other continents.


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Author Biographies

  • John F. Lawrence, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) - Canberra, ACT, Australia.

    Canberra, ACT, Australia, 2602 and 61 Glenbar Road, The Palms, QLD, Australia.

  • Geoffrey B. Monteith, Queensland Museum. South Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

    South Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 4067.

  • Chris A.M. Reid, Australian Museum Research Institute - Sydney, NSW, Australia.

    Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney, NSW 2010, Australia.


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Lawrence, J. F., Monteith, G. B., & Reid, C. A. (2020). A new Brachypsectra LeConte from Australia (Coleoptera: Brachypsectridae) with comparative notes on adults and larvae. Papéis Avulsos De Zoologia, 60(special), e202060(s.i.).02. https://doi.org/10.11606/1807-0205/2020.60.special-issue.02