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Paulsen MJ, Caterino MS (2009) The Platycerus (Coleoptera, Lucanidae) of California, with the recognition of Platycerus cribripennis Van Dyke as a valid species. ZooKeys 8: 89-94. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.8.118


Copyright M.J. Paulsen, Michael S. Caterino. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.


Th e status of Platycerus cribripennis Van Dyke, generally treated as a synonym of P. marginalis Casey, has been unclear. Here we recognize and redescribe P. cribripennis, which is endemic to the coastal mountains of California, as a valid species due to its unique morphology. A key to the Platycerus of California is presented, and the distributions of the recognized species are discussed.