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Revision of the dung beetle genus Temnoplectron Westwood (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeini)

Reid, C.A.M. and Storey, R.I. (2000) Revision of the dung beetle genus Temnoplectron Westwood (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeini). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 46 (1). pp. 253-297.


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Temnoplectron Westwood is revised and five new species described, four from North Queensland: cooki, finnigani, lewisense, monteithi, one from New Guinea: wareo. Temnoplectron reyi Paulian is removed from synonymy with T. politulum Macleay, Temnoplectron laevigatum Matthews is placed in synonymy with T. boucomonti Paulian, T. heurni Paulian and Z howdeni Paulian are synonymised with Z atropolitum Gillet, and T. major Paulian is recognised in Australia for the first time. All known species are redescribed.

A key is provided for the 19 species of Temnoplectron and new distribution records are noted. A cladistic analysis of the genus is presented, the results of which suggest at least two origins for flightlessness in the genus. The biogeography of Temnoplectran is discussed with reference to isolation of rainforest blocks during periods of maximum aridity.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Reproduced with permission of the © Queensland Museum.
Keywords:Coleoptera; Scarabaeidae; Temnoplectron; Australia; New Guinea.
Subjects:Science > Zoology > Invertebrates > Insects
Live Archive:08 Jul 2004
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:47

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