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Antonio Santos-Silva

Juan Pablo Botero

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Santos-Silva A, Botero JP. 2021. On Atrypanius cretiger (White, 1855) and Atrypanius punctatellus (Bates, 1872) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae: Acanthocinini). Insecta Mundi 0866: 1–6.


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Published on April 30, 2021 by Center for Systematic Entomology, Inc. P.O. Box 141874 Gainesville, FL 32614-1874 USA


Atrypanius punctatellus (Bates, 1872) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae: Acanthocinini) is for­mally proposed as a junior synonym of A. cretiger (White, 1855). Atrypanius cretiger is redescribed and the type locality is confirmed as Colombia.

Despite the large amount of work on Acanthocinini published in the past fifty years, the tribe still has many problems. This is particularly true with regard to the limits and definition of the genera. Due to the large num­ber of species in this tribe, especially in the Neotropical region (146 genera and 1,138 species – Tavakilian and Chevillotte 2020; Roguet 2021), it is difficult to perceive eventual synonyms, which are often described in differ­ent genera.

Several species of the tribe seem to have a very wide geographical distribution, occurring in quite different biomes. For example, it is not rare to find species described from the Amazonian region in areas of the Brazilian Atlantic Rain Forest or in areas of northeastern Brazil where Caatinga, a dry forest, is predominant.

During the process of identification of specimens sent by several institutions and private collections, we found a synonymy in Atrypanius Bates, 1864, which, although already reported, was never formally established and remains partially forgotten in the current checklists and catalogs.