0397. A review of the small carrion beetles and the round fungus beetles of the West Indies (Coleoptera: Leiodidae), with descriptions of two new genera and 61 new species.


  • Stewart B. Peck
  • Joyce Cook


The fauna of the small carrion beetles and round fungus beetles (Leiodidae) of the oceanic islands of the West Indies is reviewed with 11 genera and 81 species recorded. Keys to adults of all genera and species, descriptions, and figures are provided to aid in identification. All species are endemic to the islands of the West Indies. Most species are endemic to a single island, but some species in the Lesser Antilles occur on more than one island. It is certain that more species remain to be discovered, especially on larger and less explored islands.

Two new genera are described: Parvocyrtusa (type species Parvocyrtusa hispaniolensis), and Pseudolionothus (type species Pseudolionothus insularis). The genus Pseudoagathidium Angelini is reported from the New World for the first time with one species.

The higher taxa and 61 new species and their island distributions are as follows: Cholevinae, Eucatopini, Eucatops Portevin (first West Indian record): E. annulus, Hispaniola. Ptomaphagini, Proptomaphaginus Szymczakowski (four species, no new taxa), Greater Antilles and Bahamas (new genus record). Anemadini, Dissochaetus Reitter (five species, one new species): D. santalucia, St. Lucia. Leiodinae, Agathidiini, Agathidium Panzer (first West Indian record): A. minutum, Hispaniola. Pseudoagathidium Angelini (first New World record): P. ignotum, St. Vincent. Leiodini, Isoplastus Horn (first West Indian record): I. hispaniolensis, Hispaniola. Zeadolopus Broun (five known species, 28 new species): Z. acinaces, Hispaniola; Z. angulatus, St. Vincent; Z. antiguensis, Antigua, Saba, Montserrat; Z. atratus, Cuba; Z. bahamensis, Bahamas Islands (Andros Island); Z. caborojo, Hispaniola; Z. carinatus, Jamaica; Z caymanensis, Cayman Islands (Grand Cayman); Z. cubensis, Cuba; Z. dominica, Dominica; Z. exiguus, Hispaniola; Z. flavidus, Cuba; Z. hatomayor, Hispaniola; Z. hispaniolensis, Hispaniola; Z. iviei, Hispaniola; Z. jarabacoa, Hispaniola; Z. lavega, Hispaniola; Z. longipes, Hispaniola; Z. lucidus, Cuba; Z. miniusculus, Hispaniola; Z. nanus, Hispaniola; Z. nesiotes, St. Lucia and Martinique; Z. oviedoensis, Hispaniola; Z. parvantilliensis, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenada; Z. paulus, Hispaniola; Z. pedernales, Hispaniola; Z. pusillus, Cuba. Parvocyrtusa (new genus, one new species): P. hispaniolensis, Hispaniola. Pseudolionothus (new genus, two new species): P. andersoni, Cuba; P. insularis, Hispaniola. Scotocryptini, Aglyptinus Cockerell (five known species, 19 new species): A. angulatus, Hispaniola; A. bahamensis, Bahamas Islands (Andros Island); A. biserriatus, Cuba; A. capitaneus, Cuba; A. dominica, Dominica; A. fortipunctatus, Cuba; A. grandis, Hispaniola; A. grenadensis, Grenada; A. hemipterus, Jamaica; A. hispaniolensis, Hispaniola; A. longipalpus, Hispaniola; A. luciae, St. Lucia; A. maculatus, Jamaica; A. martiniquensis, Martinique; A. minutus, Cuba; A. parvoculus, Jamaica; A. parvus, St. Lucia; A. sinuatus, Cuba; A. vincentii, St. Vincent. Creagrophorus Matthews (one known species, seven new species): C. bicolor, Martinique; C. cubensis, Cuba; C. dominica, Dominica; C. hispaniolensis, Hispaniola; C. microdentatus, Hispaniola; C. santalucia, St. Lucia; C. unidentatus, St. Vincent and Grenada.