On the rare Neotropical genus Ophionthus Bernhauer (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Staphylininae): redescription of the type species and description of a new species

  • Maryzender Rodríguez-Melgarejo Laboratorio de Entomología, Instituto Argentino de Investigaciones de las Zonas Áridas (IADIZA, CCT CONICET, Mendoza), Casilla de Correo 507, 5500 Mendoza, Argentina https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3516-4270
  • Mariana Chani-Posse Laboratorio de Entomología, Instituto Argentino de Investigaciones de las Zonas Áridas (IADIZA, CCT CONICET, Mendoza), Casilla de Correo 507, 5500 Mendoza, Argentina https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3466-7669
Keywords: Neotropical Philonthina, Jelski, Weyrauch, type locality, Ophionthus asenjoi sp. nov.


Two female specimens of the Neotropical genus Ophionthus Bernhauer were found during museum collection surveys, representing different species of the genus. These species are Ophionthus serpentinus Bernhauer, 1908 and O. asenjoi sp. nov. The genus Ophionthus was monotypic until the present study and only known from a single male specimen from Central Peru. The genus is redescribed with the inclusion of female characters from both the type species and the new species here proposed. Additionally, the systematic position of Ophionthus within the Neotropical lineage of Philonthina and its geographical distribution in Peru are reassessed. Descriptions, diagnoses, illustrations, pictures, a cladogram, and a distribution map are provided.


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Rodríguez-Melgarejo, M., & Chani-Posse, M. (2021). On the rare Neotropical genus Ophionthus Bernhauer (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Staphylininae): redescription of the type species and description of a new species. European Journal of Taxonomy, 735(1), 15–33. https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2021.735.1237
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