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Records of four species of subfamily Melolonthinae Macleay, 1819 from Malaysia (Scarabaeidae: Coleoptera)


M. A. A., Ali and Adam, Nur Azura and Hwayyiz, Darya and Muhamad Awang, Rita and S., Azman (2016) Records of four species of subfamily Melolonthinae Macleay, 1819 from Malaysia (Scarabaeidae: Coleoptera). Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies, 4 (5 pt. N). pp. 1023-1033. ISSN 2349-6800; ESSN: 2320-7078


Melolonthinae is the largest subfamily of Scarabaeidae, their larvae are serious soil pests eating roots and adults have strong mouthparts eating leaves and sometimes young fruits. But it is poorly defined and often being a subject of confusion for its inclusion or exclusion at various stages. Therefore, it is always essential to conduct studies regarding their taxonomical description to differentiate the particular species. This study established the current taxonomical status of four species (Schoenherria vervex, Schoenherria hispida, Lepidiota stigma and Lepidiota leai belonging to subfamily Melolonthinae inhabiting the region of Malaysia and scrutinized their functional sense of anatomy to show the results of evolutionary adaptation to their special habitat in the forest of Malaysia. The species primarily for morpho-species study of genera Schoenherria and Lepidiota were selected. The specimens have been identified by comparing with the specimens at Sarawak’s Museum and The Natural History Museum of Sweden. It is expected from this study that in future it will be helpful for understanding to devise control measure to suppress the pest population below significant level.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture
Publisher: AkiNik Publications
Keywords: Melolonthinae; Taxonomy; Malaysia
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2018 09:13
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2018 09:13
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/53734
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