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A spectacular new genus of Staphylinini rove beetle from the tropical Andes and its phylogenetic assessment (Coleoptera : Staphylinidae)

Josh Jenkins Shaw A B , Dagmara Żyła A and Alexey Solodovnikov A
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A Biosystematics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Zoological Museum, Universitetsparken 15, Copenhagen 2100, Denmark.

B Corresponding author. Email: josh.shaw@snm.ku.dk

Invertebrate Systematics 31(6) 713-722 https://doi.org/10.1071/IS17020
Submitted: 23 February 2017  Accepted: 19 April 2017   Published: 31 October 2017

Abstract

Devilleferus brunkei Jenkins Shaw & Solodovnikov, gen. et sp. nov., a distinctive new genus and species of Staphylinini rove beetle with an unusual set of morphological characters is described from the tropical Andes (Ecuador and possibly Colombia and Bolivia) in South America. To resolve systematic placement of the new genus within Staphylinini we assembled a dataset of 68 morphological characters scored for 34 taxa representing a broad sample of the respective rove beetle tribe, and performed Bayesian inference and maximum parsimony phylogenetic analyses. Both analytical methods unambiguously placed Devilleferus as sister to the subtribe Amblyopinina, and overall they corroborated recently established subtribal systematics for Staphylinini inferred mainly from molecular markers. Based on the shared synapomorphies, Devilleferus is assigned to the subtribe Amblyopinina. The internal relationships within Amblyopinina remain to be clarified in a broader study of that very poorly explored austral lineage.


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