Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 60(1), pp. 1–12, 2014

Title: Oxytelus meinanderi Scheerpeltz, 1974 and O. tuberculifrons Eichelbaum, 1913, two Afrotropical species with problematic type material (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Oxytelinae)

Author: Makranczy, György

Author's address: Department of Zoology, Hungarian Natural History Museum, H-1088 Budapest, Baross utca 13, Hungary; E-mail:

Abstract: Oxytelus meinanderi Scheerpeltz, 1974 and O. tuberculifrons Eichelbaum, 1913 are identified as not based on proper type material. In the absence of information on the whereabouts of missing specimens and in lack of more material the available specimens are left 'as is', but they are fully illustrated to make these taxa recognizable. Habitus is depicted by colour habitus photographs, genitalia and terminalia by SEM images and line drawings.

Key words: Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Oxytelinae, Oxytelus meinanderi, O. tuberculifrons, Afrotropical region, redescription.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 60(1), pp. 13–38, 2014

Title: Synonymies in the Holarctic Thinobius major and linearis species groups (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Oxytelinae)

Author: Makranczy, György

Author's address: Department of Zoology, Hungarian Natural History Museum, H-1088 Budapest, Baross utca 13, Hungary; E-mail:

Abstract: A cleanup effort for taxonomy of the Central European species of the genus Thinobius Kiesenwetter, 1844 resulted in a series of previously unpublished synonymies. The new edition of "Die Käfer Mitteleuropas, Band 4" interpreted the names in their correct identities, but the research that lead to these could not be presented there in detail, in part also because of extralimital taxa involved, this is supplied with the present contribution. One species is described as new to science: Thinobius paramicros sp. n. (Algeria: Tamanrasset), for earlier erroneous use of T. algiricus Fauvel. The following new synonymies are proposed: T. angusticeps Fauvel, 1889 = Thinobius (Thinophilus) allocerus Eppelsheim, 1893, syn. n., = Trogophloeus alaskanus Fall, 1926, syn. n., T. major Kraatz, 1857 = Thinobius diversicornis Fauvel, 1889, syn. n., = Thinobius sahlbergi Scheerpeltz, 1959, syn. n., T. micros Fauvel, 1871 = Thinobius algiricus Fauvel, 1898, syn. n., T. petzi Bernhauer, 1908 = Thinobius tingitanus Peyerimhoff, 1925, syn. n., = Thinobius (Thiphonilus) anatolicus Smetana, 1967, syn. n. T. procerus Eppelsheim, 1893 = Trogophloeus teres Fall, 1926, syn. n., and lectotypes are designated for the following ten nominal species: Thinobius micros Fauvel, 1871, Thinobius diversicornis Fauvel, 1889, Thinobius (Thinophilus) allocerus Eppelsheim, 1893, Thinobius (Thinophilus) procerus Eppelsheim, 1893, Thinobius algiricus Fauvel, 1898, Thinobius silvaticus Bernhauer, 1899, Thinobius bicolor Joy, 1911, Thinobius longicornis Joy, 1913, Thinobius franzi Scheerpeltz, 1947 and Thinobius peezi Scheerpeltz, 1957. A neotype for Thinobius angusticeps Fauvel, 1889 is designated from France (Alpes-Maritimes).

Key words: Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Oxytelinae, Thinobius, new species, new synonyms, lectotypes, neotype, Palaearctic and Nearctic regions.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 60(1), pp. 39–44, 2014

Title: On the geographic distribution of Nemognatha plaumanni Borchmann, 1942 (Coleoptera: Meloidae): new records from Venezuela, with a 4500 km range extension

Authors: García-París, Mario1, Manzanilla, Jesús2, Martínez-Solano, Iñigo3,4 and Buckley, David1,5

Authors' addresses: 1Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, MNCN-CSIC c/ José Gutiérrez Abascal 2, 28006-Madrid, Spain
2Museo del Instituto de Zoología Agrícola, Facultad de Agronomía, Universidad Central de Venezuela (U.C.V.), Maracay, 2101-A, Aragua, Venezuela
3Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos, IREC-CSIC-UCLM-JCCM
Ronda de Toledo, s/n, 13005 Ciudad Real, Spain
4Current address: CIBIO/UP, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos da Universidade do Porto, InBIO, Campus Agrario de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, s/n, 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal
5Current address: Dpt. Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge Cambridge CB2 3DY, UK; E-mail: (Author for correspondence)

Abstract: Nemognatha plaumanni Borchmann, 1942 (Coleoptera: Meloidae: Nemognathinae) was described from a single specimen found in Brazil, and since its description no additional information has been published on the species. During a field survey in Venezuela, we found one individual morphologically assignable to the species. In this note, we report and discuss this finding, which, together with the revision of the entomological collections of the Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum (Hungarian Natural History Museum, HNHM, Budapest, Hungary), the Natural History Museum (NHM, London, UK), and the Museo del Instituto de Zoología Agrícola (MIZA, Maracay, Venezuela), has led us to acknowledge the presence of the species in Venezuela, therefore extending the known distribution range of the species by more than 4500 km. We discuss the possibility that N. plaumanni might in fact correspond to a complex of cryptic species distributed over this vast range, an hypothesis that has to be tested with further field- and lab-work.

Key words: blister beetles, South American fauna, species distribution, systematics, taxonomy.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 60(1), pp. 45–56, 2014

Title: A new species of the genus Allochthonius (Pseudoscorpiones, Pseudotyrannochthoniidae) from Liupan Mountains, China, with the description of the male of Allochthonius brevitus

Authors: Zhang, Fubin and Zhang, Feng*

Authors' address: The Key Laboratory of Invertebrate Systematics and Application, College of Life Sciences, Hebei University, Baoding, Hebei 071002, P. R. China; *E-mail:

Abstract: A new pseudoscorpion species, Allochthonius (Allochthonius) jingyuanus sp. n., is described and illustrated from Liupan Mountains, China. The hitherto unknown male of Allochthonius (Urochthonius) brevitus Hu et Zhang, 2012 is described and illustrated.

Key words: pseudoscorpion, taxonomy, Allochthonius, new species.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 60(1), pp. 57–71, 2014

Title: New Uropodina mites (Acari: Mesostigmata) from a Taiwanese Cryptomeria japonica (Taxodiaceae) plantation

Author: Kontschán, Jenő

Author's address: Plant Protection Institute, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, H-1525 Budapest, P.O. Box 102, Hungary and Department of Zoology and Animal Ecology, Szent István University, H-2100, Gödöllő, Páter Károly u. 1, Hungary; E-mail:

Abstract: Three new Uropodina species (Trichouropodella taiwanica, Uroobovella kozari and Uroobovella ornamenta spp. nov.) are described and illustrated from specimens collected in a Tawanese Cryptomeria japonica (L. F.) D. Don plantation. The genus Trichouropodella is recorded for the first time in Taiwan.

Key words: Acari, Uropodina, new species, Cryptomera japonica plantation, Taiwan.

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Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 60(1), pp. 73–84, 2014

Title: Comparative genetics of Apodemus agrarius (Rodentia: Mammalia) from insular and continental Eurasian populations: Cytochrome b sequence analyses

Authors: Koh, Hung Sun1,*, Shaner, Pei Jen2, Csorba, Gábor3, Wang, Yuchi4 Jang, Kyung Hee1 and Lee, Jong Hyek1

Author's address: 1Department of Biology, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju 361-763, Korea, e-mail:
2Department of Life Science, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan
3Department of Zoology, Hungarian Natural History Museum, H-1083 Budapest, Baross u. 13, Hungary
4School of Life Science, Shandong University, Jinan 250100, China

Abstract: To reexamine genetic divergence of Apodemus agrarius in insular Taiwan and the Korean Jeju from other populations in continental Eurasia, we obtained 91 cytochrome b complete sequences of A. agrarius across Eurasia, and these sequences were compared to eight corresponding sequences of A. agrarius, obtained from GenBank. We first found that the two insular populations are two clades, and that each of them is divergent from continental Eurasian populations, clustered into another clade. Each of the two insular clades appeared to be isolated in spite of land connection to nearby continent during the last glacial period, and we considered the two insular forms as A. a. insulaemus and A. a. chejuensis and one continental Eurasian form as A. a. agrarius, although further analyses are needed to confirm our present findings. Additionally, the Taiwan clade seemed to be composed of two subclades (western and eastern), separated by Taiwan's central mountain range.

Key words: DNA systematics, cytochrome b gene, biogeography, Taiwan Apodemus agrarius insulaemus, Jeju A. a. chejuensis.

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