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Cis mooihoekite from South Africa

Cis mooihoekite sp. n. is described based on specimens collected at two localities in the province of Mpumalanga, South Africa. The new species is included in the Cis bilamellatus species-group, which comprises species with a single plate on both anterocephalic edge and anterior pronotal edge in males, females with pronotum usually widest near the posterior end and gradually narrowing anteriorly and both sexes with dual elytral vestiture. Cis mooihoekite sp. n. can be distinguished from the other South African species in the group by the pronotum devoid of a median impunctate line, pronotal plate angularly emarginate forming two small and triangular horns with acute apex and anterocephalic edge with very acute corners. New geographical records and information on the host fungi of Cis pickeri Lopes-Andrade, Matushkina, Buder & Klass, 2009 are provided.





Cis regius


1Laboratório de Sistemática e Biologia de Coleoptera, Departamento de Biologia Animal, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, 36570-900, Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil. E-mail:,
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The continental and insular Sub-Saharan Cis are represented by 42 described species, of which eight occur in Southern Africa (comprising Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Swaziland and the southernmost portion of Mozambique; Lopes-Andrade et al. 2009): Cis afer Fåhraeus, Cis bimucronatus Motschulsky, Cis caffer Fåhraeus, Cis capensis Mellié, Cis delagoensis Pic, Cis muriceus Mellié, Cis pickeri Lopes-Andrade et al. and Cis testaceus Fåhraeus. Our aim in this study is to describe a new peculiar species of Cis from the West Cape Province, South Africa

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Families of Fungus Beetles

1.Ciidae-minute tree fungus beetles,

2.Tenebrionidae-Darkling Beetles,

3.Erotylidae – Pleasing Fungus Beetles ,

4.Endomychidae – Handsome Fungus Beetles,

5.Tetratomidae -polypore fungus beetles,

6.Leiodidae-round fungus beetles,

7.Cryptophagidae-silken fungus beetles,

8.Mycetophagidae-hairy fungus beetles,

9.Salpingidae- narrow-waisted bark beetles,

10. Staphylinidae

11. Zopheridae

Phylogenetic tree of host fungi

Phylogenetic tree of host fungi

Orthocis nigrosplendidus Nobuchi, 1955

Orthocis nigrosplendidus Nobuchi, 1955 from JAPAN