[Taxacom] distribution of Proterhinus (Coleoptera)

Doug Yanega dyanega at ucr.edu
Tue Jul 21 11:17:37 CDT 2009

>Dear colleagues,
>I'm trying to find the distribution of the beetle Proterhinus 
>(Proterhinidae). Nothing on Wikispecies, EOL, COL, GBIF, or the 
>other websites referred to in recent taxacom correspondence, or 
>Google scholar.  Zimmerman (1948) lists it from Hawaii (164 endemic 
>species!), plus New Zealand, New Caledonia, Fiji, Samoa, Phoenix 
>Is.,  Austral Is., Society Is., and Marquesas Is., also Canary Is.
>I'd be grateful for any further information.

Is it possible that the use of an archaic family name is impeding the 
search? I've seen the family name for this genus listed as Belidae, 
Oxycorynidae, and Aglycyderidae (these latter two now often treated 
as subfamilies of Belidae), but never heard of "Proterhinidae" until 
today. A little quick digging suggests that that name was last in 
*common* use as a family name around 1910, and was formally replaced 
by Aglycyderidae by Crowson back in 1981.


Doug Yanega        Dept. of Entomology         Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314        skype: dyanega
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