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Rev Bras Entomol 2017;61:262-5 - Vol. 61 Núm.3 DOI: 10.1016/j.rbe.2017.04.001
Short Communication
New synonymy in Platyphora Gistel (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Chrysomelinae)
Aline A. Sampaioa,, , Marcela L. Monnéa,b
a Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – (UFRJ), Museu Nacional, Departamento de Entomologia, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
b Fellow of the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), Brasília, DF, Brazil
Recebido 07 Outubro 2016, Aceitaram 06 Abril 2017

New synonymy in Platyphora Gistel (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Chrysomelinae). Doryphora cliens Stål, 1858 is considered a synonym of Doryphora congener Stål, 1858.

Beetles, Chrysomelini, Insecta, Taxonomy

The genus PlatyphoraGistel, 1857 presents 452 species distributed from Mexico to Argentina and 182 species occur in Brazil (Blackwelder, 1946; Daccordi, 1994; Sekerka, 2016). The study of the type specimens of Platyphora allows us to propose a new synonymy in P. congener (Stål, 1858).

Abbreviations cited in the text are as follows: FIOC, Fundação Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; MNHN, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France; MNRJ, Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; MZSP, Museu de Zoologia, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; NHRS, Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden; ZSMC - Zoologische Staatssammlung des Bayerischen Staates, Munich, Germany.

Platyphora congener (Stål, 1858)

(Figs. 1–3, 11–16)

Doryphora congenerStål, 1858: 470; Stål, 1862: 14; Weise, 1916: 14; Blackwelder, 1946: 669.

Chrysomela congener; Stål, 1862: 14.

Doryphorella (Histrionella) congener; Achard, 1922: 47; Bechyné, 1946: 88.

Stichotaenia congener; Bechyné, 1952: 47; 1954: 618.

Platyphora congener; Bechyné & Bechyné, 1965: 90; Sekerka, 2016 (cat. on – line without page)

Doryphora cliens: Stål, 1858: 471; Stål, 1862: 14; Weise, 1916: 14; Blackwelder, 1946: 669. Syn. nov.

Chrysomela cliens; Stål, 1862: 14.

Doryphorella (Histrionella) cliens; Achard, 1922: 47.

Stichotaenia cliens; Bechyné, 1952: 47; Zikán & Zikán, 1967: 132.

Platyphora cliens; Bechyné & Bechyné, 1965: 91; Sekerka, 2016 (cat. on – line without page).

The original descriptions of Doryphora congener and Doryphora cliensStål, 1858 are very similar and only some differences were related to the color of the elytra and ventral region. The comparisons of the holotype photos of D. congener (Figs. 1, 2) and D. cliens (Figs. 4, 5), deposited in NHRS, and the comparative examination of 48 specimens helped us to observe that the differences between these species are only due to intraspecific variation (Figs. 1–6, 11–16). Also, the male genitalia of specimens from different localities (Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo) were dissected and no differences were observed. Therefore, Doryphora cliens is here considered a synonym of Doryphora congener.

Figs. 1–10.

1–3, holotype of Platyphora congener (Stål, 1858) – 1, dorsal view; 2, ventral view; 3, labels; 4–6, holotype of Platyphora cliens (Stål, 1858) – 4, dorsal view; 5, ventral view; 6, labels; 7, 9, syntype of Platyphora histrio (Olivier, 1807) – 7, dorsal view; 9, labels; 8, 10, holotype of Platyphora circumflexa (Stål, 1857) – 8, dorsal view; 10, labels. Figs. 1–6, 8, 10 photographed by J. Bergsten (© 2016 Naturhistoriska riksmuseet). Made available by the Swedish Museum of Natural History under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License, CC-BY 4.0, Figs. 7, 9 © A. Mantilleri/MNHN. Scale 10mm.

Figs. 11–16.

Platyphora congener (Stål, 1858), 11, 13, 15, dorsal view; 12, 14, 16, ventral view. Scale 10mm.

Platyphora congener (Figs. 1–3, 11–16) is similar to Platyphora histrio (Olivier, 1807) (Figs. 7, 9) and Platyphora circumflexa (Stål, 1857) (Figs. 8, 10) and differs by projection of the mesosternal process well developed, enlarged and not curved and by the elytra with a narrow yellow stripe restricted to the outer margin. In P. histrio and P. circumflexa the projection of mesosternal process is shorter and curved. In P. histrio the lateral and anterior margins of elytra present a narrow yellow stripe. P. circumflexa presents two stripes on lateral margins of elytra, one external yellow and another internal, black.

Geographical distribution. Brazil (Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina, São Paulo).

Type material. We examined the holotype photos of P. congener (Figs. 1–3) from Brazil, and P. cliens (Figs. 4–6) from Brazil and P. circumflexa (Figs. 8, 10) from Bahia, Brazil, taken by Dr Johannes Bergsten (NHRS) and the syntype of Platyphora histrio (Figs. 7, 9) from Brazil taken by Dr. Antoine Mantilleri (MNHN).

Examined material. BRAZIL: Minas Gerais: 1 female, 5.X.1958, Sherlock leg. (MZSP); Espírito Santo: Linhares, 1 specimen, XII.1964, B. Silva leg. (MNRJ); 1 specimen, X.1968 (MNRJ); 1 specimen, XII.1968, B. Silva leg. (MNRJ); 2 specimens, IX.1970, B. Silva leg. (MNRJ); 1 specimen, X.1970, B. Silva leg. (MNRJ); 1 male, 1 specimen, III.1972, B. Silva leg. (MNRJ); 1 specimen (MNRJ); Barra de São Francisco (Córrego do Itá), 4 specimens, XI.1981, H. W. Saar leg. (MNRJ); Rio de Janeiro: Rio de Janeiro, (Corcovado), 1 specimen, IV.1933, Travassos leg. (MNRJ); (Altoda Boa Vista), 1 specimen, XII.1950, C.A. Campos Seabra leg. (MNRJ); (Corcovado), 1 specimen, 28.IX.1952, D. Zajciw leg. (MNRJ); (Corcovado), 1 specimen, 20.X.1952, D. Zajciw leg. (MNRJ); (Corcovado), 1 specimen, 28.X.1954, D. Zajciw leg. (MNRJ); (Corcovado), 1 male, 3 specimens, XI.1955, D. Zajciw leg. (MNRJ); (Estrada das Paineiras), 1 specimen, 21.X.1956, C.A. Campos Seabra leg. (MNRJ); (Corcovado), 1 specimen, X.1971 (MNRJ); 1 specimen, A. Neiva leg. (MNRJ); 1 specimen, Costa Lima leg. (MNRJ); Itatiaia, 1 specimen, 26.X.1926, J. F. Zikán leg. (FIOC); 1 specimen, 15.XI.1942 (MNRJ); Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, 800m, 2 specimens, 5–25.XI.1974, H. S. & M. A. Monné leg. (MNRJ); 1250m, 1 specimen, 26–30.XII.2008, M.L. Monné & M.A. Monné leg. (MNRJ); 1250m, 2 specimens, 1–4.X.2009, M.L. Monné, J.R. Mermudes & M.A. Monné leg. (MNRJ); São Paulo: São Paulo, (Cantareira), 1 male, 7.I.1934, Zellibor–Hauff leg. (MNRJ); (Horto Florestal), 1 specimen, III.1935, Travassos leg. (MNRJ); 1 specimen, 10.III.1936, Zellibor–Hauff leg. (MNRJ); (Cantareira), 1 specimen, X.1937, Zellibor–Hauff leg. (MNRJ); (Serra da Cantareira), 1 specimen, 9.XI.1946, F. Lane leg. (MZSP); 1 specimen, 29.XII.1951, G.H. Nick leg. (ZSMC); (Água Funda), 1 specimen, 8.II.1967, H. Reichardt leg. (MZSP); Amparo, 1 specimen (MNRJ); Santa Catarina: Corupá, 1 female (MNRJ); Timbó, 1 female, XI.1954, Dirings leg. (MZSP). No data: 4 specimens (MNRJ).

Conflicts of interest

The author declares no conflicts of interest.


We thank Dr Johannes Bergsten (NHRS) and Dr Antoine Mantilleri (MNHN) for the photos of the types, Dr Miguel A. Monné (MNRJ) for his comments on this manuscript, and the project Informatização da Coleção Entomológica do Museu Nacional/UFRJ, SIBBR/CNPq proc. 405588/2015-1 for the use of photographic equipment. The suggestions of two anonymous reviewers were very useful in improving the final version of the manuscript.

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