Tshernyshev S.E. 2020. Protopectinus pseudoparatinus — a new genus and species of soft winged flower beetle of the tribe Apalochrini (Coleoptera: Malachiidae) from East Africa // Russian Entomol. J. Vol.29. No.1: 69–72 [in English].
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ABSTRACT. A new genus and species, Protopectinus pseudoparatinus gen. et sp.n., is described in the tribe Apalochrini (Coleoptera: Malachiidae) from Tanzania, East Africa. The species looks similar to Eurasian Apalochrus Er. (former Paratinus Abeille de Perrin), but differs in presence of a comb on second segment of anterior tarsi in male. Amongst Apalochrini congeners possessing tarsal comb the new species is most close to Protapalochrus Evers due to male special characters which are weakly pronounced. From the latter genus the new species differs in special male characters as follows: antenna slightly serrate, 1st–2nd tarsomeres enlarged in comparison with remaining ones in all legs, anterior tibiae slightly widened distally whereas intermediate swollen and with flat straight area along the inner side possessing glands of pheromones. A new genus, Protopectinus gen.n., is described on the basis of characters mentioned above. External appearance, special characters and genitalia of male of the new species are illustrated, and a distribution map is provided.
KEY WORDS: Coleoptera, Malachiidae, Apalochrini, Protopectinus, pseudoparatinus, new genus, new species, Tanzania, East Africa.