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Revista mexicana de biodiversidad

On-line version ISSN 2007-8706Print version ISSN 1870-3453


ARCE-PEREZ, Roberto  and  MORON, Miguel Ángel. The genus Hydrophilus (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Hydrophilina) in Mexico and Central America. Rev. Mex. Biodiv. [online]. 2013, vol.84, n.1, pp.140-152. ISSN 2007-8706.

The taxonomy and precise distribution of the species of the genus Hydrophilus Geoffroy, 1762 from Mexico and Central America are reviewed, based on the morphological study of499 adult specimens, descriptions and literature records. Hydrophilus (Dibolocelus) purpuracens Régimbart, 1901 is recorded for the first time for Mexico. Species with widest distribution are H. (H.) ensifer Brullé, 1837 cited from 5 countries and in the Antilles, and H. (H.) insularis Castelnau, 1840 cited from 4 countries and the Antilles. The richest countries are Mexico with 5 species, and Costa Rica and Nicaragua with 3 species. The highest species richness is recorded for the state of Veracruz, Mexico, and from the departments of León and Río San Juan, Nicaragua. An illustrated key to the species is included.

Keywords : Water beetles; taxonomy; Mexico; Guatemala; Nicaragua.

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