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Blepharum sp. I just received feedback from Chuck Bellamy, an authority on world Buprestidae that two of the specimens I sent to him a couple of months ago for identification are definitely new to Science.

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.

Engertia sp. 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.

Calomera sp. Sometime last April, I sent a parcel of mixed unidentified tiger beetles to Fabio Cassola, known authority of world Cicindelidae. These specimens were from different places like Cavite, Banaue, Ilocos in Luzon; Cebu; Homonhon Is., Samar; Leyte; Marinduque; Gingoog, Bukidnon, Zamboanga del Norte, Bucas Grande in Mindanao and Coron Is., Palawan.

This parcel included one species of Calomera that Fabio specifically requested to include as he saw it in my website. From his initial feedback, this Calomera species can only be two things:

  • a new species, or
  • it is a new range for C. decemguttata

These are two possibilities but with the second, the said species is found only in Indonesia (Sulawesi, Ambon, Ceram and other islands) and not in the Philippines. If this is C. decemguttata, it might prove to be a new distributional range but he cautions that this species is in dire need of a revision which will be done by an American entomologist.

The specimen that I sent him will be forwarded to this entomologist to determine if indeed this might be a new species or not.

Trypogeus cabigasi VIVES, 2005 Trypogeus cabigasi VIVES, 2005 was first described by Eduard Vives in his paper Notes on Lepturinae (XI). Four New Species of Lepturinae from South East Asia (Col. Cerambycidae). It was one of two Philippine Lepturinae that was featured as new.

The lepturine beetle is about 15mm long and like the species featured in the previous post, only a single specimen, this time a male, is so far known. Found in the higher elevations of Bukidnon in Mindanao, this also marks the first time that the genus is recorded in the country. As what I have mentioned in this post, there are still many new discoveries awaiting the persistent collector.

Heffernia filipina VIVES, 2005 In 2005, Eduard Vives published his paper Notes on Lepturinae (XI). Four New Species of Lepturinae from South East Asia (Col. Cerambycidae) wherein he described four new species of Lepturinae of which two are from the Philippines.

Heffernia filipina VIVES, 2005 is one of the two which is the second species to be described by the author under the genus (Heffernia borneana VIVES, 2001 is the first one from North Borneo). Measuring at just 13mm, it is clearly distinguished from the latter because of its unique coloration, other than bodily characteristics. Only one specimen, a female, is currently known and the holotype is deposited in the author’s collection.

This species is found in the island of Mindanao. A new record for the Philippines in terms of the genus, it represents a faunistic link between this island and Borneo.

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