A new petrophilous tiger beetle from the Trans-Pecos region of Texas and revised key to the genus Amblycheila (Coleoptera, Carabidae, Cicindelinae)

Zookeys. 2019 Dec 2:893:125-134. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.893.47059. eCollection 2019.


A new rock-dwelling (petrophilous) tiger beetle, Amblycheila katzi Duran & Roman, sp. nov. is described from calcareous canyons and steep hillsides in the Trans-Pecos region of western Texas. It is distinguished from all other Amblycheila based on multiple morphological characters, biogeography, and ecology. A revised key to the genus Amblycheila is provided.

Keywords: Caraboidea; Omini; Chihuahuan Desert; Nearctic; new species; petrophile; taxonomy.