Tshernyshev S.E. 2021. A new species of soft-winged flower beetle of the genus Tibipectinus Tshernyshev, 2020 (Coleoptera: Malachiidae: Apalochrini) from South Africa // Russian Entomol. J. Vol.30. No.1: 74–77 [in English].
Institute of Animal Systematics and Ecology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch, Frunze Street, 11, Novosibirsk 630091, Russia. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABSTRACT. A new soft-winged flower beetle species, Tibipectinus seawardi Tshernyshev sp.n. (Coleoptera: Malachiidae) from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa is described. The new species is similar to T. caeruleoviolaceus Tshernyshev, 2020 but differs in the following characters: 1st to 3rd in part and base of 4th antennomeres yellow; anterior tibiae at base and femora in apical part brown beneath, basal 2/3 of intermediate femora yellow, remaining part black; intermediate tibiae stout, but not wide, with thin slightly dilated distally appendage, and inner side of the tibia in front of the appendage slightly impressed. 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, Tibipectinus seawardi, new species, taxonomy, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.