Language: English, with bilingual summary in English and Spanish
This is the second part of a complete revision of the 15 Neotropical genera of the newly defined subtribe Odontocheilina. The results are based on a thorough examination of relevant type specimens and more than seven thousand other specimens. In the previous part of the
revision presented as Volume 1, 87 species were recognized as members of the genera Odontocheila Laporte de Castelnau, 1834 (78 species,1 subspecies), Cenothyla Rivalier, 1969 (7 species) and Phyllodroma Lacordaire, 1842 (2 species).
In the second part of the revision presented here, the remaining 84 species and 1 subspecies of the subtribe are recognized as members of 12 genera (including the four genera previously treated as subgenera of Pentacomia Bates, 1872 and elevated recently to their separate generic status). The genera comprise: Mesochila Rivalier, 1969 (20 species), divided into following subgenera: Mesochila s. str. (13 species); M. (Eumesochila) Moravec, 2018 (3 species); M. (Paramesochila) Moravec, 2018 (4 species); Poecilochila Rivalier,1969 (11 species), divided into following subgenera: Poecilochila s.str. (8 species); P. (Eupoecilochila) subgen. nov. (2 species) and P. (Neopoecilochila) subgen. nov. (1 species). Poecilochila rhytidopteroides (W. Horn,1906) syn. nov. is newly synonymized with Poecilochila (P.) sinnamarica (Fleutiaux,1886). Poecilochila (P.) metasetosa sp. nov. is described as new to science.
The other revised genera comprise: Beckerium W. Horn, 1897 (1 species); Brzoskaicheila Moravec, 2012 (2 species); Ronhuberia Moravec & Kudrna, 2002 (2 species); Mesacanthina Rivalier, 1969 (9 species); Opisthencentrus W. Horn, 1893 (1 species); Pentacomia Bates, 1872 (12 species, returned to its independent original status); Cheilonycha Lacordaire,1842 (3 species,1 subspecies); Pometon Fleutiaux,1899 (2 species); Eulampra Chaudoir,1848 (1 species); Oxygonia Mannerheim, 1837 (20 species).
Chapters on material and methods, remarks on phylogeny and developmental stages (if known) and illustrative explanation of diagnostic characters are included. Redescriptions, differential diagnoses, keys to genera, subgenera, species-groups and species are provided with lectotype designations in relevant taxa. Each taxon is illustrated from type specimens and other material, with colour photographs of their habitus, diagnostic characters and variability. The distribution, biology and the behaviour of adults are treated with specifications of the localities and with simplified maps of distribution.
Jiří Moravec (born 1942) was born in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic and lives in Adamov near Brno. Jiří is a well-known mycologist and entomologist. In mycology, he is a renowned specialist in the taxonomy of Ascomycetes and he has published a great number of scientiﬁc papers and a large monograph and discovered and described many new taxa of these fungi.
In entomology, he has been working on the taxonomy of Cicindelidae for over 40 years and has published a number of taxonomic papers and books. After his comprehensive taxonomic and nomenclatorial revisions which resulted in three voluminous books titled A Monograph of the Genus Physodeutera, A Monograph of the Genus Pogonostoma and Tiger Beetles of the Madagascan Region, his research has been focused primarily on Neotropical tiger beetle genera of the subtribe Odontocheilina W. Horn, 1899 (sensu Moravec 2012). Jiří has published a series of papers on the taxonomy of these genera, some of them jointly with his colleagues. The papers comprised signiﬁcant taxonomic and nomenclatorial changes and descriptions of new species made available before the completion of the concluding two publications on the subtribe.