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Genus Martineziana

Martineziana dutertrei (Chalumeau) - Martineziana dutertrei Bristly Scarab - Martineziana dutertrei Martineziana dutertrei  Eupariini? - Martineziana dutertrei Martineziana dutertrei (Chalumeau) - Martineziana dutertrei Ataenius? - Martineziana dutertrei Ataenius? - Martineziana dutertrei Ataenius? - Martineziana dutertrei
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea (Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles)
Family Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Aphodiinae (Aphodiine Dung Beetles)
Tribe Eupariini
Genus Martineziana
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Martinezia Chalumeau 1983 not Bolivar 1881 or Hegner & Hewitt 1940
Martineziella Chalumeau 1986 not Hegner & Hewitt 1941
Our single species (introduced) has had a confused nomenclatural history. In the NA literature, it has been referred to as:
Myrmecaphodius excavaticollis auct. not Blanchard 1843* (Myrmecaphodius is a valid genus for the species proseni. The real excavaticollis Blanchard, now also in Martineziana, doesn't occur in the US). Many useful, primarily pre-1985, references used this combination for our species. (1)
Martinezia dutertrei Chalumeau 1983 (proposed new genus and species names for sp. now in NA)
Martineziella dutertrei (Chal.), Chalumeau 1986 (replacement for preoccupied genus name) (2)
Martineziana dutertrei (Chal.), Chalumeau and Özdikmen 2006:69 (replacement for previously replaced preoccupied genus name!!)
*"auct. not Blanchard 1843" means a misidentification of this species by various authors.
Explanation of Names
Martineziana Chalumeau & Özdikmen 2006
in honor of entomologist Antonio Martinez. Gender: masculine.
a single (adventive) species in our area, 4 spp. total
Pronotum laterally flared with distinct flattened setae - most similar to our native fire ant obligate euparine Euparia castanea - now in decline, as is our native fire ant species.
South America (native range); adventive in so. US, spreading with Solenopsis invicta
symbiont of S. invicta(3)
comes to lights, often in great numbers
Print References
Wojcik D.P., Banks W.A., Hicks D.M., Summerlin J.W. (1977) Fire ant myrmecophiles: new hosts and distribution of Myrmecaphodius excavaticollis (Blanchard) and Euparia castanea Serville (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Coleopterists Bulletin 31: 329-334.
Vander Meer R.K., Wojcik D.P. (1982) Chemical mimicry in the myrmecophilous beetle Myrmecaphodius excavaticollis. Science 19 (218) 4574: 806-808. Abstract
Wojcik D.P., Smittle B.J., Cromroy H.L. (1991) Fire ant myrmecophiles: feeding relationships of Martinezia dutertrei and Euparia castanea (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) with their host ants, Solenopsis spp. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insectes Sociaux 38: 273-281. Abstract
Chalumeau F. (1983) Batesiana et Martinezia, nouveaux genres d’Eupariini (Coleoptera : Scarabaeidae : Eupariini) du Nouveau Monde. Bull. mens. Soc. linn. Lyon 52: 142-153. (Full text)
Chalumeau F. (1986) Martineziella, nom. novo pour Martinezia Chalumeau (Eupariini). Nouvelle Rev. d’Entomologie (Nouvelle Série), 3: 286.
Chalumeau F., Özdikmen H. (2006) Martineziana nom. nov., a replacement name for the preoccupied genus name Martineziella Chalumeau, 1986 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Mun. Ent. Zool. 1: 69-70. (Full text)
Works Cited
1.The Scarab Beetles of Florida
Robert Woodruff. 1973. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
2.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.
3.Beetles of the genera Myrmecaphodius, Rhyssemus, and Blapstinus in Texas fire ant nests.
Summerlin, J.W. 1978. Southwestern Entomologist 3(1): 27-29.