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A new species of Schmidtiana

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In the June 30, 2007 issue of the Ent. Rev. Japan, Tatsuya Niisato described a new species in his paper Addition to the Callichromatine Genus Schmidtiana (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from the Philippines. Schmidtiana sasajii is found in Marinduque Island and is the 6th such species of the genus to be found in the Philippines.

The author notes that it has a very good resemblance with Schmidtiana ilocana SCHULTZE 1920, with similar coloration but can be separated based on two morphological characteristics:

  • rounded dorsal expansion of the prosternum
  • rectangular 8th abdominal segment

Because of these, Mr. Niisato says that there might be a relationship with the species from Palawan. The callichromatine beetle was named after the late Dr. Hiroyuki Sasaji, the author’s mentor. My great thanx goes to Eduard Vives for providing me a copy of the paper.