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Taxonomic changes for fifteen species of North American Mordellidae (Coleoptera)
By A.E. Lisberg
Insecta Mundi 17(3-4): 191-194, 2003
Cite: 491246 with citation markup [cite:491246]

Lisberg's taxonomic changes
Lisberg (2003) transferred the following to Falsomordellistena:

Falsomordellistena bihamata (Melsheimer, 1846) new combination
Falsomordellistena discolor (Melsheimer, 1846) new combination

transferred 10 species, all in Mordellistena, to the genus Mordellina as follows:

Mordellina floridensis (Smith, 1882), new combination
Mordellina guttulata (Helmuth, 1864), new combination
Mordellina impatiens (LeConte, 1862), new combination
Mordellina infima (LeConte, 1862), new combination
Mordellina lecontei (Ermisch, 1953), new combination
Mordellina minutalis (Liljeblad, 1945), new combination
Mordellina nigricans (Melsheimer, 1846), new combination
Mordellina parva (Liljeblad, 1945), new combination
Mordellina semiusta (LeConte, 1862), new combination
Mordellina testacea (Blatchley, 1910), new combination

synonymy of M. ancilla is summarized as follows:

Mordellina ancilla (LeConte, 1862), resurrected name and new combination
Mordellistena ustulata LeConte 1862, new synonym.
Mordellistena rufa Liljeblad 1917, new synonym.

The North American mordellid fauna, per the taxonomic changes outlined above, leaves the number of species at 201,

the number of Falsomordellistena becomes four,
the number of Mordellistena is reduced to 117, and
the number of Mordellina increases to 15.

Lisberg, A.E. 2003. Taxonomic changes for fifteen species of North American Mordellidae (Coleoptera). Insecta Mundi 17(3-4): 191-194.


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