Catalogue of Iranian subfamily Galerucinae s. str. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)

Document Type : Research articles


1 Iranian Research Institute of Plant Protection, Agricultural Zoology Research Department, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Plant Protection, College of Agriculture, University of Tehran, Karaj, Iran


The first comprehensive catalogue of leaf beetles of subfamily Galerucinae s. str. from Iran is presented. In total, 44 species belonging to 18 genera of three tribes (Galerucini, Hylaspini and Luperini) are listed. In Iran, Galerucinae is represented by 11 endemic species. For every species provincial distributions are given based mainly on available literature records, along with some additional distributional records from a field survey of several localities in Iran in 2012-2015. All species deposited in Jalal Afshar Zoological Museum (University of Tehran) were also examined. Luperus perlucidus IablokoffKhnzorian, 1956 is reported as a new record for Iranian Chrysomelidae fauna. Moreover, Theone octocostata afghanistanica Mandl, 1968, Galerucella nymphaeae (Linnaeus, 1758), Galeruca pomonae (Scopoli, 1763), Exosoma thoracicum (Redtenbacher, 1843) and Luperus kiesenwetteri Joannis, 1865, which had been omitted in the catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera, were added again to the leaf beetle fauna of Iran. In addition, 13 new records for the administrative provinces of Iran are provided.


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