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Date of this Version

March 2003


Published in INSECTAMUNDI, Vol. 17, No. 1-2, March-June, 2003. Copyright © 2003 P. Skelley and M. Alonso-Zarazaga. Used by permission.


The genus Bancous Pic, originally described in the Heteromera (Rhysopaussidae) and later transferred to Cucujiformia (incertae sedis), was found to be congeneric with Rhamphidera Skelley (Erotylidae). Bancous is here placed in the family Erotylidae (Erotylinae, Tritomini) and Rhamphidera is moved into synonymy. This synonymy creates two new combinations: Bancous perplexus (Skelley) and Bancous eureka (Skelley). Bancous is redescribed and a lectotype is designated for Bancous irregularis Pic.

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