Skip to main content Skip to main navigation menu Skip to site footer
Type: Article
Published: 2020-07-08
Page range: 1-16
Abstract views: 217
PDF downloaded: 3

Moss inhabiting flea beetles of the West Indies IV: new species of Andersonaltica Linzmeier and Konstantinov from the Dominican Republic (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini)

Ph. D., USDA – Systematic Entomology Laboratory, Washington, USA
Universidade Federal da Fronteira Sul, Rua Edmundo Gaievski, Realeza, PR, Brazil
Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA-ARS, 10300 Baltimore Av., Beltsville, USA
Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA-ARS, 10300 Baltimore Av., Beltsville, USA
Moss cushions bryobionts flea beetles Monoplatina COI barcodes species boundaries


Two new species of bryobiont flea beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini) from Dominican Republic are described and illustrated: Andersonaltica neiba sp. nov. (Sierra de Neiba) and A. villabarrancoli sp. nov. (Sierra de Baoruco). New species are compared morphologically with each other. Unusual intraspecific variability of A. villabarrancoli is reported. To obtain additional data in understanding the similarities between the specimens of A. villabarrancoli, we sequenced the Cytochrome oxidase I barcode region of adults and larvae. In all cases, the sequences are identical suggesting that the specimens in questions are conspecific.


Key words: Bryobionts, COI barcodes, flea beetles, Monoplatina, moss cushions, species boundaries


  1. Folmer O., Black M., Hoeh W., Lutz R. & Vrijenhoek R. 1994. DNA primers for amplification of mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I from diverse metazoan invertebrates. Molecular Marine Biology and Biotechnology 3(5): 294–299.

    Konstantinov A. S. 1998. Revision of the Palearctic species of Aphthona Chevrolat and cladistic classification of the Aphthonini (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Alticinae). Memoirs on Entomology, International, Associated Publishers, Gainesville, 429 pp.

    Konstantinov A. S. & Chamorro-Lacayo. M. L. 2006. A new genus of moss-inhabiting flea beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) from the Dominican Republic. The Coleopterists Bulletin 60(4): 275–290.[275:ANGOMF]2.0.CO;2

    Konstantinov A. S. & Konstantinova A. A. 2011. New genus and species of flea beetles (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Galerucinae, Alticini) from Puerto Rico, with comments on flea beetle diversity in the West Indies and a key to the West Indian Monoplatini genera. ZooKeys 155: 61–87.

    Konstantinov A. S. & Linzmeier A. M. (in press). Moss inhabiting flea beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini) of the West Indies III: Erinaceialtica, a new genus from Hispaniola. ZooKeys.

    Konstantinov A. S., Linzmeier A. M., Scheffer S. J. & Lewis M. L. 2020. Moss-inhabiting flea beetles of the West Indies I: New species of Borinken Konstantinov and Konstantinova and Kiskeya Konstantinov and Chamorro-Lacayo (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini) from Puerto Rico. Insecta Mundi 0771: 1–12.

    Linzmeier A. M. & Konstantinov A. S. 2012. A new genus of leaf litter inhabiting Neotropical Monoplatina (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini). Zootaxa 3260: 19–32.