Revision of the genus Xiphoscelis Burmeister 1842 (Coleoptera Scarabaeidae Cetoniinae), with description of two new species and notes on its phylogeny and ecology

M.H. VILLET, P. STOBBIA, R. PERISSINOTTO

Abstract


Recent field work has shown that the genus Xiphoscelis Burmeister 1842
contains at least three species. The type species is re-described, and two new
species are described, based on adult morphology. The distribution of all three
Xiphoscelis species is mapped, and a phylogeny is proposed for the genus. Ecological
data are presented and discussed in the context of the previously-reported
association of members of this genus with termites.
KEY WORDS: Scarabaeidae, Cetoniinae, new species, ecology, South Africa.

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