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A new downloadable ebook focusing on the genus Pachyrhynchus and its mimics

It’s here! The first downloadable ebook from salagubang.net is now available: A Folio of Genus Pachyrhynchus GERMAR Model and its Mimics.

This half letter, 54 page ebook is sure to delight collectors and entomologists. It consists of an introduction and of course, full page images of 16 Pachyrrhynchus beetles and a corresponding number of their mimics from different genera: Metapocyrtus, Eupyrgops, Polycatus, all from family Curculionidae and the very interesting Doliops and Paradoliops genera, family Cerambycidae. Thumbnail images are also included.

You can check out a sampler by clicking the link below.

Get the full version of the ebook for just $6. Proceeds will go to support future collecting trips around the country as well as take care of website hosting expenses. Click the link below. I’m still fine tuning an e-commerce plugin. Once it’s setup, ordering will be smooth. For the meantime, it will be manual ordering.

Buy the full ebook

Email me your receipt at estancabigas [at] gmail [dot] com. Once I have confirmed your payment, I will send you the ebook.

Pachyrhynchus congestus form, model

Eupyrgops sp., mimic from another tribe

Pachyrhynchus congestus PASCOE 1871 have many forms and are found in the higher altitudes of the Cordillera region. One such form, probably the nominotypical species (far left) is one of the beautiful races with its spectacular spots and coloration of blue and yellow rings.

Not to be missed, however, is a species of Eupyrgops that has almost the same coloration and patterns, but drabber than it’s model.

New paper from Eduard Vives

Eduard Vives was published by Magellanes last November 2009 his latest installment on Philippine longhorn beetles: New or interesting Cerambycidae from the Philippines (Part III) (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae).

This one includes 34 different species of cerambycids with over 12 new descriptions, new records, a designation of a new genus Mimacronia with new combinanations including the genera Acronia and Aprophata. This paper has around seven specimens that I’ve contributed which are mostly new species. And lastly, two new species of the spectacular genus Doliops are here.

Check this out.

The new Salagubang fan page in Facebook

I should have done this a long time ago. Anyway…

Salagubang, your online resource on Philippine Coleoptera has a new fan page in Facebook! I’ve just added several images of beetles from my site and more to come. Click on the image at the left to go to the fan page.

Check it out! Better still, be a fan!

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.

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