I just received some papers, both old and new, from Eduard Vives. These are:
- Eight Contribution to the Coleoptera Fauna of the Philippines – SCHULTZE 1920
- Les Macrotomini de l’Ancien Monde (Region Ethiopienne Exclue) Genera et Catalogue Raisonee (Col. Cerambycidae Prioninae) – QUENTIN & VILLIERS 1981
- Notes on Asian Callichromatini (I). Description of One New Species of the Genus Aphrodisium THOMSON, 1864 (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) – VIVES & BENTANACHS (non Philippine)
These papers are really appreciated, especially the first two as these helped plug some gaps in my library.
I received an email from Deng of Rizal province saying that she got a beetle in her house and when I asked for a photo, I was just amazed at what she got: a prionine beetle! Intrigued at what species it might be, I arranged to visit her even if its a few hours from Makati. Two days later and after about 6 hours on the road, round trip, I was back at home with my prized specimen which at that time, was already weakened from a few days of being placed inside a wooden box.
I checked Hudepohl’s Longhorn Beetles of the Philippines and basing on the key and characteristics, the cerambycid is Macrophysis luzona FABRICIUS 1775.
Xenocerus striatus JORDAN 1894 is another anthribid species that is not so common, based on collecting experience in Mindanao. Compared with the other species that I have featured in earlier posts, this one is smaller.
Like the other Xenocerus species, this can often be found in dead or rotting wood and can easily be mistaken for a cerambycid. It seems not much is known about this species. This one was determined by M Tryzna.
I have finally revised the entire Papers section of this blog using cascading style sheets (CSS) for faster rendition of the pages and being standards compliant. However, instead of integrating it with the blog, I made it separate, as with the galleries, species, checklist and other pages.
For the next step, I am revising and redesigning the different section pages. Do note that due to the number that needs revisions, there are many broken links which will be fixed in due time.
Just bear with me.
W. Schultze, director of the Bureau of Science in Manila during the early part of the 20th century published in The Philippine Journal of Science his three part monograph on the Pachyrrhynchini:
A Monograph of the Pachyrrhynchid Group of the Brachyderinae Curculionidae: Part I The Genus Pachyrrhynchus Germar (A & B), 1923 & 1924
Part Ia consists of 28 species, 3 subspecies and 3 variations with 4 new descriptions.
Part 1b includes 52 species, 8 subspecies and 6 variations of which 4 are new to Science.
A Monograph of the Pachyrrhynchid Group of the Brachyderinae, Curculionidae: Part II The Genera Eupachyrrhynchus, Macrocyrtus, Eumacrocyrtus, Apocyrtus, Proapocyrtus, Pseudapocyrtus, Nothapocyrtus and Exnothapocyrtus, 1924
Part II treats 31 species and 2 variations of which 2 are new.
A Monograph of the Pachyrrhynchid Group of the Brachyderinae, Curculionidae: Part III The Genera Apocyrtidius Heller and Metapocyrtus Heller, 1925
Part III 176 species, 12 subspecies and 15 variations with 100 being new descriptions.
All in all, the three parts counts 287 species, 23 subspecies and 26 variations with 110 being new to Science. Between 1925 and 1934, there were additional new descriptions of Pachyrrnchini but beyond that, none.