Revision of the genus Habutarus Ball & Hilchie from the Australian region (Insecta, Coleoptera, Carabidae, Lebiinae)

As a third part of a general revision of the Oriental-Australian species formerly assigned to the genus Anomotarus Chaudoir (s.l.), the genus Habutarus Ball & Hilchie is revised. Nototarus crassiceps (Macleay) and N. morosus Sloane from Australia, and N. pilosus Baehr from New Guinea are herein transferred from the genus Nototarus Chaudoir of the subtribe Calleidina to the genus Habutarus Ball & Hilchie of the subtribe Apenina. A new subgenus, Setitarus subgen. nov. is erected for N. pilosus Baehr. For nomenclatural stability, a lectotype is designated for Nototarus crassiceps (Macleay). The following new species of Habutarus are described: H. abboti, H. calderi, H. canaliculatus, H. chillagoensis, H. convexipennis, H. demarzi, H. eungellae, H. iridipennis, H. kirramae, H. laticeps, H. monteithi, H. nitidicollis, H. opacipennis, H. parviceps, H. punctatipennis, H. rugosipennis and H. weiri from Australia, and H. madang and H. wau from New Guinea. Due to its close relationships to the African-Oriental genus Cymindoidea Castelnau, the genus Habutarus represents an Oriental faunal element that immigrated into the Australian Region only after the Australian plate came in contact with the South Asian insular arc some 10 mya. The genus subsequently underwent a period of rapid speciation, mainly in the montane rainforests along the east coast of Queensland. Some species, however, also occur in more open forests in northern Queensland and the Top End of the Northern Territory. Most species are very closely related which suggests very recent, probably Pleistocene speciation events.


Baehr, M. 2008 04 30: Revision of the genus Habutarus Ball & Hilchie from the Australian region (Insecta, Coleoptera, Carabidae, Lebiinae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 52(2): 13–48. Brisbane. ISSN 0079-8835. 

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    30 April 2008


    Martin Baehr