Four New Ladybug Species Belonging to Decadiomus Chapin (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) from Puerto Rico

Neotrop Entomol. 2014 Dec;43(6):555-63. doi: 10.1007/s13744-014-0243-8. Epub 2014 Oct 14.


While searching for native natural enemies attacking invasive insect pests in Puerto Rico, we found four undescribed ladybug species belonging to the Caribbean ladybug genus Decadiomus Chapin. In this article, we describe the following species from Puerto Rico: Decadiomus seini n. sp., Decadiomus ramosi n. sp., Decadiomus hayuyai n. sp., and Decadiomus martorelli n. sp. Illustrations of the dorsal habitus, shape of prosternal carinae, and drawings of male and female genitalia are presented. We also present a key for Diomini of Puerto Rico and discuss their importance as potential biocontrol agents.

Keywords: Caribbean; Coccinellidae; Decadiomus; Puerto Rico; new species.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Coleoptera / anatomy & histology
  • Coleoptera / classification*
  • Female
  • Genitalia, Female
  • Genitalia, Male
  • Male
  • Puerto Rico