Sandracottus vijayakumari (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae), a new aquatic beetle species from landslide hit area of Nelliyampathy Forest Range, Western Ghats, Kerala, India

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P.P. Anand
P.P. Ashiq
M. Smitha
M. Adithya
T. Tibin
V. Suresh


The present study deals with the description of a new species Sandracottus vijayakumari from Nelliyampathy forest range, southern Western Ghats, Kerala, India with a comparative key of closely related species S. dejeani Aube, 1838.  Only one species is known from the genus Sandracottus Sharp, 1882, from southern Western Ghats, Kerala.  The Nelliyampathy forest areas are hilly and the altitude of the hills range 40–1,530 m.  The region experiences several types of landslides especially during the monsoon (August to September 2018).  The new species was discovered in one of the worst landslide hits area in Nelliyampathy forest, Kundrachola region.  The new aquatic beetle species is moderately large in size and often very attractively marked dorsally with complex maculations.  Additionally, the new species shows a strong synapomorphy along with Eretini, Hydaticini, and Aubehydrini tribes.

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V. Suresh, Department of Botany, Government Victoria College, Palakkad, Kerala 678001, India.

Assistant Professor, Post Graduate and Research Department of Botany, Govt. Victoria College (University of Calicut), Palakkad, Kerala, India, PIN 678001


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