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Discovery of the genus Skidmorella Johnson (Coleoptera: Ptiliidae) in Japan, with descriptions of two new species

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  • Yoshihiro SAWADA,

    1. Entomological Laboratory, Graduate School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka, Japan
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  • Toshiya HIROWATARI

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    1. Entomological Laboratory, Graduate School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka, Japan
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Dr Toshiya Hirowatari, Entomological Laboratory, Graduate School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka, 599-8531 Japan. Email: hirowata@plant.osakafu-u.ac.jp

Abstract

The genus Skidmorella Johnson, previously known only from the South Pacific islands, is discovered in Japan. The type species, Skidmorella magnifica Johnson, is confirmed from Japan as the first record of the species other than the type locality. In addition, two new species, Skidmorella amamiana sp. nov. and Skidmorella quadrisulucia sp. nov., are described from the Ryukyus, Japan. Phylogenetic relationships of the genus Skidmorella and its allies are discussed on the basis of their morphological characters.

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