Bennelongia is excited to reveal the pending descriptions of several new species of stygobitic diving beetles (Dytiscidae) that were collected during recent sampling trips. Specimens of two putative species were collected late last year in the Gascoyne region by team members Michael Curran and Anton Mittra, while specimens from a previous study in the Yilgarn are also considered likely to belong to undescribed species. Stygal dytiscids are typically restricted to single calcrete aquifers and no species have been described from the collection locations of these specimens. Formal descriptions are expected to be completed later this year and will be accompanied by genetic sequencing to investigate the relatedness of new species to those from other regional calcretes.
2nd May 2017