In 1979, Masataka Sato and Nobuo Ohbayashi published in the Bulletin of the National Science Museum of Tokyo, Japan their paper A New Parmenine Cerambycid Beetle from Luzon, the Philippines. This was the result of a Japanese zoological expedition that they conducted in 1977.
It is remarkable, as far as a zoogeographical viewpoint is concerned, that Luzonoparmena habei SATO & OHBAYASHI from the tribe Parmenini, subfamily Lamiinae to be found in the Philippines where, as the authors said, bears a superficial resemblance to those found in New Caledonia (genus Tricondyloides) and South Africa (genus Stenauxa). Other species of the tribe can also be found in Australia but curiously have not, yet, been recorded in Southeast Asia*.
This is a very small, flightless beetle at just around 5mm in length. Females (no males were available) are chestnut brown in color and are found in higher elevations. In the case of the holotype, it was collected in Mt. Polis in Ifugao at around 1850 – 1900m above sea level. This beetle is named after Dr. Tadashige Habe who led the 1977 expedition.
I am sure that this beetle or possibly a related species or subspecies can also be found in the the other high mountains across the country.
*This is as of the paper’s publication. I’m not aware of other journals that have published about other Parmenine beetles after that year.
In Vives’ paper New or interesting Cerambycidae from Philippines, part 1 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae), he described this new species as Nidella stanleyana based on specimens that I have provided.
Collected in Bukidnon, island of Mindanao, these are rather small cerambycid beetles that are usually 7mm x 2mm small and can be captured during the months of March – May on the treetops during the flowering season.
This species is dimorphic, meaning that the males and females are different. The female has a pronounced red patch on the pronotum and a lighter and greenish elytral coloration while the male does not.
The closest related species is Nidella coomani GRESSITT & RONDON 1970 and is from Vietnam.
Its remarkable that this species is present here. This only supports the idea that there is still so much to discover in the country.
In 2005, Eduard Vives published his paper New or interesting Cerambycidae from Philippines, Part 1 (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) in the French entomological publication specializing on Coleoptera, Les Cahiers Magellanes. This was the result of his studies based on specimens that I and a good friend, Ismael Lumawig, sent him.
Thirteen species were included with 1 new combination and 5 new species of which I have contributed 4 of these. The species mentioned belonged to the subfamilies Cerambycinae and Lamiinae.
I do hope that this will lead to the continuation of Hudepohl’s ground breaking work and this time, covering the subfamilies not covered previously as well as updates.
These are of the genus Blepharum and he will be describing it. The closest species to this specimen is from Malaysia, Blepharum leopardum FISHER. However, he hinted that its possible that this can be a related but new genus. If that’s the case, then I’m more than happy!
Its definitely good to know that there are still many new species to discover in the country.
According to Denis Keith of the Muséum d’Histoire naturelle et de Préhistoire in Chartre, France, this scarab from the subfamily Melolonthinae is a new species of Engertia which is rather common in Bukidnon.
Denis already has three females from Leyte and in order to describe this as a new species, he has to have the male specimens. But I still have to check if I have stock or papered. If not, then I have to send my pinned specimens when I get back home to Cebu.