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Rifkind J. 2021. Enoclerus hefferni, a new species of checkered beetle (Coleoptera: Cleridae: Clerinae) from Honduras, with additions to the Honduran Enoclerus Gahan fauna. Insecta Mundi 0847: 1–4.
Enoclerus hefferni Rifkind, new species (Coleoptera: Cleridae: Clerinae), is described from Honduras. This beetle represents the second known Honduran endemic Enoclerus Gahan species. New country records for 12 species of Enoclerus are presented for Honduras.
The Enoclerus Gahan fauna of Honduras is poorly known, and heretofore only seven species (E. gibbus Ekis, 1976, E. hoegei (Gorham, 1882), E. irregularis Barr, 1978, E. nigromaculatus (Chevrolat, 1843), E. pilatei (Chevrolat, 1874), E. salvini (Gorham, 1876), and E. zebra (Chevrolat, 1843)) have been recorded for that country. Most of these species have broader distributions north into Guatemala and southern Mexico, or south into Nicaragua and Costa Rica (Rifkind 1997). Heretofore, Enoclerus irregularis Barr has been the only known Honduran endemic member of the genus, although its distribution in the Copán region strongly suggests it will eventually be found in adjacent southeastern Guatemala. This paper describes and illustrates Enoclerus hefferni, new species, a second endemic species of Enoclerus from Honduras. In addition, new country records are presented for 12 species of Enoclerus.