Bryanites graeffii: New Beetle Species Described from 150-Year-Old Museum Specimen

A new class of belligerent beetle has been identified by Cornell University Professor James Liebherr.

Holotype citation of Bryanites graeffii. Image credit: J.K. Liebherr.

Holotype citation of Bryanites graeffii. Image credit: J.K. Liebherr.

Bryanites graeffii is described from Samoa shaped on a singular masculine citation collected between 1862-1870 that was recently detected in a Muséum inhabitant d’Histoire naturelle, Paris,” Prof. Liebherr said.

“The class abuse honors Dr. Eduard Graeffe, zoologist and naturalist from Zurich, Switzerland who collected a citation while operative in Samoa from 1862-1870. The class abuse is shaped from Gräffe converted to Latin iconography, and though a depot letter,” he explained.

The new class belongs to Bryanites, a classification of beetles in a family Carabidae that was formerly famous from dual class represented by dual specimens only, collected in 1924 from Savai’i Island, Samoa, by Edwin H. Bryan, Jr., Bernice P. Bishop Museum in Honolulu, during a Bishop Museum’s Whitney South Seas Expedition.

Much like a rest of a class within a genus, Bryanites graeffii showed undeveloped moody wings and other traits compared with flight-wing loss.

However, during length of 1.62 cm it is a largest for a taxonomic organisation it is now reserved to.

Although this competence seem approach too apparent for taxonomists to overlook, a beetle’s kin are only as obscure.

“As a result, we now have 3 class representing an evolutionary deviation in Samoa, all famous from singular specimens collected prolonged ago,” Prof. Liebherr said.

The phylogenetics of a 3 Bryanites class couple them to other groups from Fiji and New Zealand.

“What is a advantage of believe about class that existed some 90-150 years ago, though no longer? It competence indeed indicate us to a tangible turn of impact humankind has on healthy ecosystems,” Prof. Liebherr said.

“The means of a expected murder of Bryanites graeffi competence never be famous with certainty, however, a colonization of many Pacific islands by a Polynesian rodent has always been followed by a mitigation or rejecting of local insect species.”

“Thus, we can supplement another expected plant to a list of class that have been adversely impacted by mankind’s commensal voyagers.”

A minute outline of Bryanites graeffii appears in a Jan. 5 emanate of a biography Zoosystematics and Evolution.


J.K. Liebherr. 2017. Bryanites graeffii sp. n. (Coleoptera, Carabidae): museum rediscovery of a relict class from Samoa. Zoosystematics and Evolution 93 (1): 1-11; doi: 10.3897/zse.93.10802