Sagrinae

Sagra buqueti, copyright Jiro Iguchi.

Belongs within: Chrysomelidae.

The Sagrinae are a group of leaf beetles characterised by enlarged hind femora bearing teeth or spines. They are most diverse in Australia with the genus Sagra also found in Africa and Asia (Lawrence & Britton 1991).

Characters (from Lawrence & Britton 1991): Length more than 8 mm; head somewhat rostrate, with genae and frontoclypeus extending well in front of antennal insertions; head between antennal insertions with paired, subtriangular elevations bounded by deep grooves; pronotum much narrower than bases of elytra, without lateral carinae; fore coxae globular to transverse, not or only slightly projecting, well separated by complete prosternal process and usually with exposed trochantins; femora more or less inflated, those of hind legs with a tooth or angular prominence on inner edge; tarsi 5-segmented, with minute penultimate segment more or less concealed at base of segment 3 (pseudotetramerous); ventrite 1 as long as or longer than remaining ventrites taken together.

<==Sagrinae [Sagridae]B14
|--AtalasisLB91
|--Carpophagus banksiae MacLeay in Boisduval 1835LB91, B35
|--PolyoptilusLB91
|--Mecynodera coxalgicaLB91
|--Brachyscelis vellereaLC40
|--MegamerusB70
| |--M. kingiB70
| `--M. prionesthis Boisduval 1835B35
`--SagraB14
|--S. amethystinaB14
|--S. boisduvalii Laporte de Castelnau 1840LC40
|--S. brevipes Jacoby 1889J89
|--S. buqueti (Lesson 1831)B14
|--S. chrysochloraB90
|--S. femorata [=Megalopus (Sagra) femoratus]G20
|--S. fulgida [incl. S. petelii, S. pygmaea]B90
|--S. mouhotiJ89
|--S. multipunctata Jacoby 1889J89
|--S. papuanaLB91
`--S. purpurea Lichtenst. 1796 (see below for synonymy)B90

Sagra purpurea Lichtenst. 1796 [incl. S. formosa, S. ignita, S. mutabilis Baley 1864, S. splendida Weber 1801, S. purpurea var. tridentata Weber 1801]B90

*Type species of generic name indicated

References

[B90] Baly, J.-S. 1890. Contributions a la faune Indo-Chinoise. 6e mémoire. Sagridae, Crioceridae, Chrysomelidae, Hispidae. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, 6e série 9: 485–492.

[B35] Boisduval, J. B. 1835. Voyage de Découvertes de l’Astrolabe. Exécuté par ordre du Roi, pendant les années 1826–1827–1828–1829, sous le commandement de M. J. Dumont d’Urville. Faune entomologique de l’océan Pacifique, avec l’illustration des insectes nouveaux recueillis pendant le voyage vol. 2. Coléoptères et autres ordres. J. Tastu: Paris.

[B14] Bouchard, P. (ed.) 2014. The Book of Beetles: A lifesize guide to six hundred of nature’s gems. Ivy Press: Lewes (United Kingdom).

[B70] Britton, E. B. 1970. Coleoptera (beetles). In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers pp. 495–621. Melbourne University Press.

[G20] Goldfuss, G. A. 1820. Handbuch der Naturgeschichte vol. 3. Handbuch der Zoologie pt 1. Johann Leonhard Schrag: Nürnberg.

[J89] Jacoby, M. 1889. Viaggio di Leonardo Fea in Birmania e regioni vicine. XVII.—List of the phytophagous Coleoptera obtained by Signor L. Fea at Burmah and Tenasserim, with descriptions of the new species. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova, Serie 2a, 7: 147–237.

[LC40] Laporte de Castelnau, F. 1840. Histoire Naturelle des Insectes Coléoptères vol. 2. P. Duménil: Paris.

[LB91] Lawrence, J. F., & E. B. Britton. 1991. Coleoptera (beetles). In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers 2nd ed. vol. 2 pp. 543–683. Melbourne University Press: Carlton (Victoria).

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