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Published: 2019-10-08

Aurum, a new monotypic genus of Cetoniinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) endemic to Western Australia, Australia

Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, Quarantine Western Australia, Perth, W.A., Australia.
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship, Queensland Biosciences Precinct, University of Queensland, 306 Carmody Road, St. Lucia, Queensland 4067, Australia Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney, NSW 2010, Australia
Coleoptera Flower beetle flower chafer flower-visiting Goldfields Leonora gold-coloured Diaphonia Aphanesthes Chondropyga Grevillea

Abstract

The flower beetle genus Aurum new genus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Schizorhinini: Schizorhinina) is described. Aurum is endemic to Australia, and contains a single species, Aurum leonorensis new species, from Western Australia. The genus is compared to the most closely related Australian flower beetle genera, Diaphonia Newman, 1840, Aphanesthes Kraatz, 1880, and Chondropyga Kraatz, 1880. Ecological observations and the collecting localities are detailed for Aurum leonorensis.

 

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