Revision of the genus Endochilus Weise (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae: Chilocorini)

J Insect Sci. 2014 May 20:14:71. doi: 10.1093/jis/14.1.71.


The members of the endemic African genus Endochilus Weise, 1898 (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae: Chilocorini) are redescribed, diagnosed, and illustrated. Lectotypes are designated for Endochilus compater Weise, Endochilus minor Weise, Endochilus plagiatus Sicard, Endochilus rubicundus Weise, and Endochilus styx Sicard. One new species is described: Endochilus abdominalis sp nov. Notes on the genus and nomenclatural history for each species are provided. A key for identification of all species is presented. Adult characters concerning similarities of Endochilus to other genera of African Chilocorini are discussed.

Keywords: Africa; Cucujoidea; lady beetles; taxonomy.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Coleoptera / anatomy & histology
  • Coleoptera / classification*
  • Female
  • Male