Entomology Collections, Miscellaneous


Date of this Version



The Florida Entomologist, Vol. 74, No. 3 (Sep., 1991), pp. 475-476.


Copyright Jack Schuster.


Species of Heliscus are known from Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Here I extend the range of this genus to Panama on the basis of a specimen of H. rotundicornis (Luederwaldt 1941) collected by E. Giesbert, 17-18 V 1987, 26km S. Rambala, Bocas del Toro, Panama, deposited in the Florida State Collection of Ar- thropods, Gainesville, FL. This species was previously cited from Costa Rica (Reyes-Castillo 1970). I have collected it in Costa Rica in Cartago Prov., between Sta. Cruz and Coliblanca at 1600m altitude. Another specimen in my collection is from cloud forest at Monteverde, Puntarenas Prov. On the basis of these records, H. rotundicornis appears to inhabit forests of the mountainous "backbone" of Costa Rica and western Panama.