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Two new termitophiles of the tribe Termitohospitini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae) associated with Coptotermes formosanus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)

  • Munetoshi Maruyama (a1) and Ryûtarô Iwata (a2)

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The termitophilous tribe Termitohospitini was discovered in Japan. Sinophilus yukoaesp.nov. and Japanophilus hojoigen.nov., sp.nov. are described from specimens collected in Nansei-shotô. The genus Sinophilus is redefined. These species are the first-discovered inquilines of Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki in Japan. This suggests that C. formosanus is native to Japan rather than an introduced species, as previously believed.

Des termitophiles de la tribu Termitohospitini ont été découverts au Japon. On trouvera ici les descriptions de Sinophilus yukoaesp.nov. et de Japanophilus hojoigen.nov., sp.nov. à partir de spécimens récoltés à Nansei-shotô. Le genre Sinophilus est redéfini. C’est la première mention de coléoptères symbiotes de Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki au Japon. Cette découverte suggère que C. formosanus est une espèce indigène du Japon plutôt qu’une espèce exotique.

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Two new termitophiles of the tribe Termitohospitini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae) associated with Coptotermes formosanus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)

  • Munetoshi Maruyama (a1) and Ryûtarô Iwata (a2)

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