Neotropical Entomology

, Volume 48, Issue 2, pp 290–301 | Cite as

A New Genus of Endomychinae (Coleoptera: Endomychidae) from the Neotropics with Unusual Mouthparts

  • E Arriaga-VarelaEmail author
  • W Tomaszewska
  • M Fikáček
Systematics, Morphology and Physiology


Tharina gen. nov. along with T. antennalis (as type species), T. ecuadoriensis, T. micra, and T. peckorum spp. nov. (Coleoptera: Endomychidae: Endomychinae) from Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia are described, diagnosed, and illustrated. Mouthpart structures, in this genus, which are unique within the family Endomychidae, are discussed in terms of their function. Notes on the unusual female genitalia in one species are provided.


Beetles Coccinelloidea Taxonomy Tharina Bolivia Ecuador Venezuela 



We thank Paul Skelley (FSCA), Robert Anderson and François Génier(CMN) for the loan of specimens used in this study. This study was partially supported by the grant SVV 260 434/2018 to the Department of Zoology, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (EAV) and by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic (DKRVO 2018/13, National Museum, 00023272) (MF). We are thankful to Richard Leschen, Joe McHugh, and Paul Skelley for their comments that helped improve the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of Zoology, Faculty of ScienceCharles Univ. in PraguePragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Dept. of EntomologyNational MuseumPragueCzech Republic
  3. 3.Museum and Institute of ZoologyPolish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland

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