A new species of Yola Gozis, 1886 from the Western Cape of South Africa (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae: Bidessini)

Zootaxa. 2015 Jan 13;3905(3):441-6. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3905.3.10.


Yola matsikammae sp. nov. is described from the Matsikammaberg, an inselberg on the northern edge of the fynbos biome of the Western Cape, South Africa. A key is provided to separate the new species from other southern African members of the Yola bicarinata group. Y. matsikammae sp. nov. bears a superficial resemblance to Sharphydrus species, particularly Sharphydrus brincki Bilton, 2013 with which it was found to co-occur. Comparative notes to separate these taxa are also included.

MeSH terms

  • Animal Distribution
  • Animal Structures / anatomy & histology
  • Animal Structures / growth & development
  • Animals
  • Body Size
  • Coleoptera / anatomy & histology
  • Coleoptera / classification*
  • Coleoptera / growth & development
  • Ecosystem
  • Female
  • Male
  • Organ Size
  • South Africa