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Zookeys. 2019 Dec 10;898:83-102. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.898.46465. eCollection 2019.

Taxonomic revision of the genus Machleida Fåhraeus, 1870 (Tenebrionidae, Pimeliinae, Asidini).

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Northern Arizona University, Department of Biological Sciences, 617 S. Beaver St., Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5640, USA Northern Arizona University Flagstaff United States of America.
Purdue University, Department of Entomology, 901 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA Purdue University West Lafayette United States of America.
Zoological Museum, Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wilcza 64, 00-679 Warsaw, Poland Zoological Museum, Museum and Institute of Zoology Warsaw Poland.


The taxonomic concept of the genus Machleida Fåhraeus, 1870 is tested and revised based on newly identified material. The following new species are described: Machleida banachi, M. flagstaffensis, M. tarskii, and M. zofiae Kamiński. Machleida capillosa Wilke, 1925 is considered as a junior subjective synonym of Asida devia Péringuey, 1899. Asida lecta Péringuey, 1899 (= Pseudomachla recurva Wilke, 1925) (transferred to Afrasida), Machleida nossibiana Fairmaire, 1897 (transferred to Scotinesthes), and Machleida tuberosa Wilke, 1925 (interpreted as incertae sedis in Asidini) are excluded from Machleida. An identification key for the species of the newly revised Machleida is provided. The present paper brings the total number of species within the genus to six (M. banachi sp. nov.; M. devia (Péringuey, 1899); M. flagstaffensis sp. nov.; M. nodulosa Fåhraeus, 1870; M. tarskii sp. nov.; M. zofiae Kamiński sp. nov.). The morphology of female terminalia (ovipositor and genital tubes) is described for the genus for the first time.


Afrasida ; Scotinesthes ; South Afric; darkling beetles; female terminalia; new species; synonyms

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