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.
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.