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Type: Correspondence
Published: 2018-06-28
Page range: 592–596
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A new species of Leielmis Delève, 1964, with a revised key to members of the genus (Coleoptera: Elmidae)

Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre, School of Biological & Marine Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK.
Coleoptera Elmidae


The genus Leielmis was recently revised by Bilton (2017), who established the identity of the type species Leielmis georyssoides (Grouvelle, 1890), and described two new taxa: Leielmis gibbosus Bilton, 2017, widespread in the Cape Fold Mountains and Leielmis hirsutus Bilton, 2017, known to date only from a single site at high altitude in the Groote Winterhoek mountains. A distinctive new species of Leielmis was discovered in a high altitude stream in 2017 in the Hexrivierberge, being collected whilst the generic revision was in press! This species is described below, and a modified key to Leielmis species presented. In light of this discovery it appears likely that further work at high altitude will reveal additional species in the Cape.



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