Sunday, 10 May 2015

New species of diving beetle discovered in isolation in South Africa

Date:May 6, 2015

Source:University of Plymouth

Summary:A striking new species of beetle with no direct relatives has been identified living in wetlands on the outskirts of Cape Town. Capelatus prykei is so different from any of the world's other diving beetles that it has been placed in a new genus all of its own, with its nearest relations to be found around the Mediterranean and in New Guinea.

In a study, published in the journal Systematic Entomology, scientists used a combination of morphological and molecular data to study Capelatus, and establish it as a highly distinctive, and apparently endangered, member of the world fauna.

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