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A new and likely extinct species of antilissus sharp, 1879 (Coleoptera: Zopheridae: Colydiinae) from Makauwahi Cave, Kauai, Hawaiian Islands

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posted on 2020-01-01, 00:00 authored by Nicholas PorchNicholas Porch
This paper describes Antilissus makauwahi, sp. nov., from the subfossil record of Makauwahi Cave on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. This new species is the second species of Antilissus Sharp from Hawaii and second described species for the genus. The type species of Antilissus, A. aper Sharp, has been widely collected from under the bark of dead or dying trees, at higher elevations, on all major Hawaiian Islands. In contrast, A. makauwahi is so far known only from a small number of subfossil sclerites recovered from sediments dating to before human arrival in Hawaii (>800 years before present). This potentially extinct species adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting the widespread extinction of Pacific island insects after human arrival.

History

Journal

Zootaxa

Volume

4868

Pagination

135-141

Location

Auckland, N.Z.

ISSN

1175-5326

eISSN

1175-5334

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

1

Publisher

Magnolia Press