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Luzonoparmena habei SATO & OHBAYASHI 1979


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Luzonoparmena habei SATO & OHBAYASHI 1979 In 1979, Masataka Sato and Nobuo Ohbayashi published in the Bulletin of the National Science Museum of Tokyo, Japan their paper A New Parmenine Cerambycid Beetle from Luzon, the Philippines. This was the result of a Japanese zoological expedition that they conducted in 1977.

It is remarkable, as far as a zoogeographical viewpoint is concerned, that Luzonoparmena habei SATO & OHBAYASHI from the tribe Parmenini, subfamily Lamiinae to be found in the Philippines where, as the authors said, bears a superficial resemblance to those found in New Caledonia (genus Tricondyloides) and South Africa (genus Stenauxa). Other species of the tribe can also be found in Australia but curiously have not, yet, been recorded in Southeast Asia*.

This is a very small, flightless beetle at just around 5mm in length. Females (no males were available) are chestnut brown in color and are found in higher elevations. In the case of the holotype, it was collected in Mt. Polis in Ifugao at around 1850 – 1900m above sea level. This beetle is named after Dr. Tadashige Habe who led the 1977 expedition.

I am sure that this beetle or possibly a related species or subspecies can also be found in the the other high mountains across the country.

*This is as of the paper’s publication. I’m not aware of other journals that have published about other Parmenine beetles after that year.