New records of Buprestidae (Coleoptera) from Israel with description of a new species
In two expeditions to Israel (in 1994 and 1996), 123 species of Buprestidae (Coleoptera), including one with two subspecies, were collected. Data collected, general distribution, and known larval host plants are given for each species. Fifteen Buprestidae species, and new hosts for four species, are recorded from Israel for the first time, including three new host associations for species that already had other known hosts. Xantheremia (Xantheremia) freidbergi is described as a new species. Acmaeodera (Palaeotethya) macchabaea Abeille de Perrin is resurrected from synonymy with A. rubromaculata sensu Volkovitsh 1986, in part, and two new synonyms, A. pharsaea Obenbberger and A. houskai Obenberger, are established for this species. Acmaeoderella sefrensis Pic is a new status for Acmaeodera rufomarginata var. sefrensis Pic, and two new synonyms are established for it: A. rufomarginata var. stramineipennis Chobaut and A. virgulata var. lucasi Théry. Acmaeodera miribella Obenberger is a new subspecies of Acmaeoderella elegans (Harold) n. comb., and Acmaeodera eucera Obenberger is its synonym. Acmaeoderella adspersula arabica Cobos is elevated to species status. Lectotypes are designated for A. rufomarginata var. sefrensis, A. rufomarginata var. stramineipennis, and A. virgulata var. lucasi.
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