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A new record: Paraskeletodes gracilis AURIVILLIUS 1927


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According to Eduard Vives in his paper Cerambicidos nuevos o interesantes de Filipinas (Part II) (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae), the Phoracanthine species that I have previously blogged about is in fact Paraskeletodes gracilis AURIVILLIUS 1927. This is a new record for the Philippines and the second species of the tribe to be found in the country.

Aurivillius described this first as occuring in the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia and according to Vives, hasn’t been collected since. This surprising find further supports the close affinity of the Philippine and Sulawesi fauna. In August 2007, I blogged on a Calomera sp. (Cicindelidae) that has the same case.