Кавказский энтомол. бюллетень 14(2): 157–159 © CAUCASIAN ENTOMOLOGICAL BULL. 2018

Arhinops, a new name for the genus Arhina Murray, 1876, non Arhina Agassiz, 1846 (Insecta: Diptera),

and notes on the tribe Arhinopini nom. n. (Insecta: Coleoptera: Nitidulidae: Cryptarchinae)

Arhinops, новое название для рода Arhina Murray, 1876, non Arhina Agassiz, 1846 (Insecta: Diptera) и замечания по трибе

Arhinopini nom. n. (Insecta: Coleoptera: Nitidulidae: Cryptarchinae)

© A.G. Kirejtshuk1, P. Bouchard2

© А.Г. Кирейчук1, П. Бушар2

1Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya emb., 1, St. Petersburg 199034 Russia. E-mail: agk@zin.ru, kirejtshuk@gmail.com

2Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 960 Carling Avenue Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6 Canada. E-mail: Patrice.Bouchard@canada.ca

1Зоологический институт Российской академии наук, Университетская наб., 1, Санкт-Петербург 199034 Россия

2Канадская национальная коллекция насекомых, паукообразных и нематод, Сельское хозяйство и сельскохозяйственные продукты, Карлинг авеню, 960, Оттава, Онтарио K1A 0C6 Канада

Key words: Coleoptera, Nitidulidae, replacement names, type genus, tribe.

Ключевые слова: Coleoptera, Nitidulidae, изменения названий, типовой род, триба.

Abstract. The genus-group name Arhina Murray, 1876 has been used as valid for a group of beetles in the family Nitidulidae. Indeed this name is preoccupied by the available name Arhina Agassiz, 1846 (Insecta: Diptera). Arhinops nom. n. is hereby proposed as a replacement name for Arhina Murray, 1876. Correspondingly the tribal name Arhinini Kirejtshuk, 1987 is changed into Arhinopini nom. n. The composition of the tribe is reviewed. Support for the treatment of Arhinella Kirejtshuk, 1987 as a valid genus is given for the first time. Clarification regarding the distribution of the type species Arhinella congoensis Kirejtshuk, 1987, comb. n. is presented as well as new pictures of the same species.

Резюме. Название родовой группы Arhina Murray,

1876 использовалось как валидное для группы жуков в семействе Nitidulidae. В действительности это название преоккупировано имеющимся названием Arhina Agassiz, 1846 (Insecta: Diptera). Arhinops nom. n. предлагается как замещающее название Arhina Murray, 1876. Соответственно, название трибы Arhinini Kirejtshuk, 1987 изменено на Arhinopini nom. n. Дан обзор состава трибы. Впервые приведено обоснование использования Arhinella Kirejtshuk, 1987 как валидного рода. Представлено уточнение распространения типового вида Arhinella congoensis Kirejtshuk, 1987, comb. n., а также его фотографии.

The subject of this paper is conditioned upon a problem that the beetle genus Arhina Murray, 1867 is a junior homonym of Arhina Agassiz, 1846 [Agassiz, 1846: 34] proposed as an emendation for the Diptera name Arina


DOI: 10.23885/181433262018142-157159

Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 [Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830: 696]. As a result the family-group name Arhinini Kirejtshuk, 1987 based on Arhina [Murray, 1867: 178] is therefore permanently invalid (Article 39 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature) [1999]). We propose the new name Arhinops nom. n. (gender masculine) for the junior homonym Arhina Murray, 1867 and the name of the tribe Arhinini [Kirejtshuk, 1987] has to be changed, correspondingly, to Arhinopini nom. n. (stem: Arhinop-). Thus, the subfamily Cryptarchinae Reitter, 1884 includes three tribes: Cryptarchini s. str., Platyarchini Kirejtshuk, 1987 and Arhinopini nom. n., and the latter tribe includes Arhinella Kirejtshuk, 1981, Arhinops nom. n. (= Arhina Murray, 1867, non Agassiz, 1846) and Ceratarhina Kirejtshuk, 1981.

Family Nitidulidae Latreille, 1802 Subfamily Cryptarchinae Reitter, 1884 Tribe Arhinopini nom. n.

Genus Arhinella Kirejtshuk, 1981

Type species: Arhina (Arhinella) congoensis Kirejtshuk, 1981 (by monotypy).

Notes. As it was supposed in the original description the differences of the type species of the Arhinella from known species of the Arhinops nom. n. are rather great to consider this taxon as a separate genus, but at that time only a subgenus of Arhina (= Arhinops nom. n.) was proposed. Later this taxon was mentioned as a separate genus without comments [Kirejtshuk, 2008]. These differences were

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Figs 1–4. Arhinella congoensis comb. n., male.

1 – dorsal view; 2 – lateral view; 3 – ventral view; 4 – anterior view. Length of body 2.3 mm. From [https://www.zin.ru/Animalia/Coleoptera/rus/ arhconkk.htm].

Рис. 1–4. Arhinella congoensis comb. n., самец.

1 – вид сверху; 2 – вид сбоку; 3 – вид снизу; 4 – вид спереди. Длина тела 2.3 мм. По [https://www.zin.ru/Animalia/Coleoptera/rus/arhconkk.htm].

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defined as the following: oblong (not oval) body, mandibles with apices upwardly curved, rather narrow prosternal process, narrowly separated coxae in each pair.

Arhinella congoensis Kirejtshuk, 1981, comb. n.

(Figs 1–4)

Kirejtshuk, 1981: 798 – Zaire (“Tshuapa”).

Material. 1, “Rep. Central Africa, P.N. Ndoki, Camp 1, Chabilis 1, 7-8.II.2012, N / E, diverse forest, piege UV, exp. Bangha 2012, Pilippe Moretto leg.” The specimen examined was donated by Albert Allen (9235 Wenatchee Ct., Boise, Idaho, USA) to the collection of Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg, Russia).

Comments. Accordingtothegeographicalcoordinates of the mentioned locality, it is on the territory of the People’s Republic of the Congo (Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park) but not of Central African Republic (Dzanga-Ndoki National Park).


The authors greatly appreciate A. Allen (9235 Wenatchee Ct., Boise, Idaho) for the specimen of Arhinella congoensis donated to the collection of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg, Russia) and A.V. Kovalev (Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia) for preparation of pictures of Arhinella congoensis Kirejtshuk, 1981, comb. n. presented on the website “Beetles (Coleoptera) and Coleopterists” (https://www.zin.ru/ Animalia/Coleoptera/rus/arhconkk.htm). M.A. Alonso- Zarazaga (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid, Spain) provided the authors with valuable advices on nomenclature.

This study was partly supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project No 18-04-00243a).

The studies of the first author were carried out within the framework of the Russian state research project No АААА-А17-117030310210-3 and the Program of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences “Evolution of the organic world. Significance and influence of planetary processes”.


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Received / Поступила: 5.12.2018 Accepted / Принята: 7.12.2018