Paroster extraordinarius sp nov., a new groundwater diving beetle from the Flinders Ranges, with notes on other diving beetles from gravels in South Australia (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae)

Remko Leijs, Ben Roudnew, C Watts

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    Abstract

    The first groundwater (stygobitic) diving beetle is reported from South Australia. Paroster extraordinarius sp. nov. (Dytiscidae: Hydroporini) is described and figured. Its morphology and mitochondrial DNA sequences place it in the hydroporine genus Paroster Sharp. Phylogenetic analysis shows that the new species is imbedded in a clade of stygobitic species from the Yilgarn area of Western Australia. The evolution of this species is discussed and compared with observations on the behaviour and distribution of other dytiscid beetles found in subterranean habitats in South Australia.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)66-72
    Number of pages7
    JournalAustralian Journal of Entomology
    Volume49
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010

    Keywords

    • Mitochondrial DNA
    • Paroster
    • Stygobitic

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