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Biology and taxonomy of the genus Pyronota Bois. (Melolonthinae, Coleoptera)

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Show simple item record Brown, J. G. 2011-04-29T00:11:26Z 2011-04-29T00:11:26Z 1963
dc.description.abstract The endemic Scarabaeid genus Pyronota boisduval contains small usually green beetles of diurnal habit commonly found on Leptospermum sp. bushes in the summer; hence their common name: Manuka beetles. The name Pyronota is derived from the Greek πυpos produced by fire or heat and ѵoτos tergum and refers to the metallic iridescent appearance of the dorsum. The genus has been revised by Given (1952) but no previous detailed studies of the biology and ecology of any species have been made. The aim of this study has been; first to review and revise past taxonomic work on the genus, wherever possible advancing knowledge of species to the level of gamma taxonomy; second to study and where possible compare some aspects of the biology and ecology of the three common and widely distributed species of the genus, Pyronota festiva (Fabr.), P. laeta (Fabr.), P. edwardsi Sharp. The two aspects of this work have been complementary. A full appreciation of the taxonomic status of the species under study could not have been realised without a knowledge of their behaviour in life as biological entities. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Lincoln College, University of Canterbury en
dc.subject Pyronota en
dc.subject manuka beetle en
dc.subject taxonomy en
dc.subject beetles en
dc.title Biology and taxonomy of the genus Pyronota Bois. (Melolonthinae, Coleoptera) en
dc.type Thesis en University of Canterbury en Masters en Master of Agricultural Science en
lu.thesis.supervisor Harrison, R. A.
lu.contributor.unit Department of Ecology en
dc.rights.accessRights Digital thesis can be viewed by current staff and students of Lincoln University only. Print copy available for reading in Lincoln University Library. May be available through inter-library loan. en
dc.subject.anzsrc 060808 Invertebrate Biology en
dc.subject.anzsrc 060301 Animal Systematics and Taxonomy en

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