0284. Balcus violaceus (Fabricius), senior synonym of Balcus niger Sharp and B. signatus Broun (Coleoptera: Cleridae: Clerinae)

Weston Opitz

Abstract


The elytra of Balcus signatus Broun (Coleoptera: Cleridae: Clerinae) from New Zealand have pale markings. Such markings, most prominently found in females, represent intraspecific variations of Balcus violaceus (Fabricius). Accordingly, Balcus signatus Brown is synonymized with Notoxus violaceus Fabricius, new synonymy. Four habitus figures of Balcus violaceus (Fabricius) are presented to display the range of elytral color variation in the species.

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