New distribution records of two species of metallic ground beetles of the genus Chlaenius (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Chlaeniini) from the Western Ghats, India

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Duraikannu Vasanthakumar
Erich Kirschenhofer


While identifying the collections of carabid beetles of Western Regional Centre of Zoological Survey of India, we came across two beetle species identified as Chlaenius (Chlaeniellus) cookei Andrewes, 1933 and Chlaenius (Pseudochlaenielluspuncticollis Dejean, 1826. Perusal of published works on the Chlaeniusbeetles of India revealed that this species has not been reported from Western Ghats areas earlier and hence the present collection forms a new distribution record.

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