First report of Austroporus doctus (Blackburn) from New Zealand and description of its larva (Coleoptera: Phalacridae)




Cucujoidea, Immature stages, Australian region, Shining mold beetles


The Australian species Austroporus doctus (Blackburn) is reported from New Zealand for the first time. Adults are illustrated and diagnosed, and late-instar larvae are fully described and illustrated. In addition, a summary of prior larval descriptions of Phalacridae is provided. This represents the first description of the morphology and habitat of the larvae within the genus Austroporus Gimmel and the Olibroporus-group of genera. Austroporus doctus is native to eastern Australia, where adults are distinguished from similar species by characters of the male genitalia and by a suite of external morphological features. There are no native members of Phalacridae known from New Zealand, but A. doctus represents the second introduced and established species there. A key is given to differentiate adult and larval A. doctus from the other introduced New Zealand species, Phalacrus uniformis (Blackburn).


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Author Biographies

Matthew L. Gimmel, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - Santa Barbara, California, United States.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Santa Barbara, California, United States.

Richard A. B. Leschen, New Zealand Arthropod Collection (NZAC). Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research - Auckland, New Zealand.

Private Bag 92170, Auckland, New Zealand.


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Gimmel, M. L., & Leschen, R. A. B. (2020). First report of Austroporus doctus (Blackburn) from New Zealand and description of its larva (Coleoptera: Phalacridae). Papéis Avulsos De Zoologia, 60(special), e202060(s.i.).29.



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