A new genus and species of flightless, microphthalmic Corythoderini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae) from Cambodia, associated with Macrotermes termites

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Abstract

Eocorythoderus incredibilis, a new genus and new species, of Corythoderini is described. This new species was found in fungus gardens of Macrotermes gilvus (Hagen, 1858) in Angkor Wat, Cambodia. The new taxon is a flightless, microphthalmic species and the first corythoderine associated with Macrotermes Holmgren, 1910. The beetles were observed being carried by worker termites. Eocorythoderus is probably closely related to the genera Corythoderus Klug, 1845 and Paracorythoderus Wasmann, 1918 (also Corythoderini). Some character states shared with the distantly-related termitophilous scarab genus Termitotrox Reichensperger, 1915 (Termitotrogini) are noted, and proposed as convergent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-88
Number of pages6
JournalZootaxa
Issue number3555
Publication statusPublished - Nov 20 2012

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Macrotermes
Cambodia
Scarabaeidae
termite
Isoptera
new genus
Coleoptera
new species
new taxon
new taxa
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beetle
fungus
fungus gardens

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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