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An undescribed Pachyrrhynchus and Metapocyrtus sp. from the Zamboanga Peninsula in Mindanao

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Undescribed Pachyrrhynchus sp.

Undescribed Pachyrrhynchus sp., female, model

Undescribed Pachyrrhynchus sp.

Undescribed Pachyrrhynchus sp., male, model

A few years ago, I was able to do a beetle entomological collection at the northeastern part of the Zamboanga Peninsula and, while the collection wasn’t too great, there were some species that are not only new to my collection but, most likely, and I’m pretty sure about it, new to Science.

First is a beautiful Pachyrrhynchus sp. that at first glance the spots looks like those of P. erichsonni WATERHOUSE 1841 but heavily punctured and colored reddish purple. But what delighted me more was the presence of a mimic!

Undescribed Metapocyrtus sp.

Undescribed Metapocyrtus sp., male, mimic

Undescribed Metapocyrtus sp.

Undescribed Metapocyrtus sp., female, mimic

Like many Pachyrrhynchus species, present also was a smaller Metapocyrtus species that was found on the same plant where I collected the former.

Other than it’s size, the elytral pattern isn’t as faithful but it does have an iridescent color that is almost the same as with it’s model.

  • Titanium Runner

    This site is fantastic! I remember playing with beetles as a kid in the province! Thank you for creating this site. It is indeed a tribute to our culture and history. Gone are the days that kids even know the different types of beetles or even the types of plants that live around their homes and houses. We are indeed losing our connection with the world around us though we have increased our social connections through another intricate web called the internet.

  • Maurizio

    Hi Estan, the Pachyrhynchus is P. sphenomorphoides Yoshitake, 2012, while the mimic Metapocyrtus is M. chlamydatus Schultze, 1925. Bye, Maurizio