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22 September 2019 Discovery of the First Nearctic Moss-Eating Flea Beetle, Distigmoptera borealis Blake, 1943 (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini)
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A flea beetle, Distigmoptera borealisBlake, 1943, is documented for the first time to feed on liverworts, Reboulia hemisphaerica (L.) Raddi (Aytoniaceae), and moss, Weissia controversa Hedw. (Pottiaceae). This is the first and only known bryobiont leaf beetle in the USA and Nearctic biogeographic region. The adult of D. borealis is redescribed and illustrated, and the larva and pupa of D. borealis are described and illustrated for the first time.

Alexander S. Konstantinov, Adelita Maria Linzmeier, Ana Carla Coelho Morais, Michael W. Palmer, Sonja J. Scheffer, and Matthew L. Lewis "Discovery of the First Nearctic Moss-Eating Flea Beetle, Distigmoptera borealis Blake, 1943 (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini)," The Coleopterists Bulletin 73(3), 599-610, (22 September 2019). https://doi.org/10.1649/0010-065X-73.3.599
Received: 4 March 2019; Accepted: 21 July 2019; Published: 22 September 2019
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