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The invasive beetle Cis bilamellatus (Coleoptera: Ciidae) arrives in America.

Currently, there are 10 Chilean Ciidae (Insecta: Coleoptera: Polyphaga) species described in 3 genera (Lopes-Andrade 2007, 2010): Neoapterocis Lopes-Andrade, with N. chilensis Lopes-Andrade; Orthocis Casey, with O. elguetai Lopes-Andrade; and Cis Latreille, with C. andersoni LopesAndrade, C. bimaculatus Germain, C. campoi Brethes, C. chilensis Germain, C. espinosai Brethes, C. fernandezianus Lesne, C. peckorum Lopes-Andrade and C. rufus Germain. These species occur in continental Chile and in the Juan Fernandez archipelago, comprising parts of the Central Chilean, Subantarctic and Patagonian biogeographic subregions of the Andean region (sensu Morrone 2006).

Recent field collections in the Region de Valparaiso revealed a Ciidae species not previously reported from the country and morphologically unrelated to the known Chilean species. The species was identified as Cis bilamellatus Wood, an Australasian ciid recognized as an invasive species in northern Europe (Orledge et al. 2010). This paper constitutes the first report of C. bilamellatus from America and the first report of a non-native ciid in Chile. Here we formally report C. bilamellatus from Chile and provide information on its morphology, biology and distribution.


We compared specimens from Chile to named C. bilamellatus from England and New Zealand, and dissected one male from each country to compare their male genitalia and pregenital segments. Photography and dissection methods used here are those explained by Oliveira & Lopes-Andrade (2013). Terms used for external morphology of ciids, including those for sclerites of male abdominal terminalia, are explained and discussed in previous works (Lopes-Andrade & Lawrence 2005, 2011; Oliveira et al. 2013). We updated host fungi names cited in this paper by consulting the online database of Index Fungorum (http://www.

Pin label transcriptions are placed within quotations marks, with each label separated by a backslash. The number and gender of specimens bearing these labels are stated immediately before the label data.

We deposited voucher specimens in the following scientific collections:

CPAL--Coleccion Particular Alfredo Luer, Santiago, Chile

LAPC--Cristiano Lopes-Andrade Private Collection, Vifosa, MG, Brasil

MNHC--Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Seccion Entomologia, Santiago, Chile

UMCE--Instituto de Entomologia, Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educacion, Santiago, Chile


A total of 18 specimens of Cis bilamellatus (Figs. 1-7) were collected, as follows: 12 males and 6 females (CPAL 5 males and 2 females; LAPC 3 males and 2 females; MNHC 2 males and 1 female; UMCE 2 males and 1 female) labeled "Chile, Provincia de Quillota, sector Rabuco, 12 April 2013, leg. A. Luer \ Ganoderma australe \ 32[degrees] 53' 46" S-71[degrees] 06' 23" W, 335 m.a.s.l.". Specimens were found in 3 basidiomes of Ganoderma australe (Fr.) Pat. (Polyporales: Ganodermataceae) (Fig. 8). All collected C. bilamellatus were dead apart from one female. A few specimens are teneral adults.


Cis bilamellatus can be diagnosed as follows: Males with elongated body, subparallel-sided and subcylindrical (Figs. 1-3), length 1.5 to 1.9 mm; surface color uniform, individually varying from light to dark brown; dorsal surface covered with yellowish light brown, short, suberect bristles. Head with frontoclypeal ridge raised and produced forming a wide subquadrate lamina with rounded sides, its anterior margin slightly to strongly sinuous. Each antenna with 10 antennomeres, with approximate lengths (in mm; left antenna of a male measured from the basal to the apical antennomere) as follows: 0.07, 0.05, 0.04, 0.02, 0.02, 0.02, 0.02, 0.04, 0.05, 0.07; each antennomere of the club bearing 4 sensillifers. Eyes coarsely facetted. Pronotum convex; punctation coarse, with punctures separated by approximately a puncture-width and surface between them microreticulated; anterior edge projected forward as a raised plate, sinuous at apex and slightly curved in lateral view (Fig. 2). Scutellum triangular (Fig. 4). Elytra approximately twice as long as pronotum (not including anterior pronotal projection); surface finely rugose; punctation confused, dual and dense, consisting of shallow punctures; the smallest punctures bearing decumbent bristles and the largest ones without conspicuous seta (Fig. 4). Hind wings developed. First abdominal ventrite with a circular, margined sex patch at middle (Fig. 5, arrow). Male abdominal terminaba with subtrapezoidal, short sternite VIII (Fig. 6), its posterior angles bearing long seta; tegmen (Fig. 7, above) elongate, narrowest at the basal one-third, its lateral margins conspicuously sinuous and apical portion tapering to a narrow apex; penis (Fig. 7, below) subcylindrical, very narrow and as long as tegmen, its anterior half approximately twice as wide as posterior half. Females similar to males, but devoid of secondary sexual characteristics (frontoclypeal horn, pronotal plate and abdominal sex patch) on head, pronotum or abdomen; the prothorax is narrower at the anterior portion, its anterior edge broadly rounded and anterior angles more obtuse than those of males.

Comparative Notes

Sclerites of male abdominal terminalia are morphologically similar between specimens from Chile, England and New Zealand. Based on the morphology of male abdominal terminalia and other external morphological features, we concluded that specimens of the examined populations are conspecific. Cis bilamellatus differs from the morphologically similar C. clarki Blair, from Australia, and C. pickeri Lopes-Andrade et al., from South Africa, in the comparatively wider frontoclypeal lamina and confused elytral punctation. These 3 species are included in the bilamellatus species-group (Lopes-Andrade et al. 2009) and may constitute a clade within the genus Cis. In the described native Chilean species of Cis, males are devoid of pronotal projections (Lopes-Andrade 2010).


In Europe, Cis bilamellatus is known to be polyphagous and has been found in basidiomes of Laetiporus sulphureus and Piptoporus betulinus (Fomitopsidaceae), Ganoderma applanatum, G. lucidum and G. resinaceum (Ganodermataceae), Pseudoinonotus dryadeus (Hymenochaetaceae), Bjerkandera adusta and Irpex sp. (Meruliaceae), Pleurotus cornucopiae (Pleurotaceae), Polyporus squamosus, Trametes hirsuta and T. versicolor (Polyporaceae) (Paviour-Smith 1968a; Whitehead 1999; Orledge et al. 2010). Occasionally, it has been found in dead wood (Paviour-Smith 1968a). In Australasia it is known that the species may exploit a wide range of hosts (Orledge et al. 2010), although there are no published data on its host fungi. The few natural enemies that are known include the parasitic hymenopterans Cephalonomia formiciformis Westwood (Bethylidae) and Astichus arithmeticus (Forster) (Eulophidae), and there is a record of a parasitic dipteran larva of Lestodiplosis sp. (Cecidomyiidae) (Paviour-Smith 1968a; Orledge et al. 2010). In Chile, C. bilamellatus were found inside basidiomes of Ganoderma australe (Fig. 8) developing on live tree trunks of water oak (Quercus nigra L.), an introduced tree, which formed a grove located on the edge of a country road.

Cis bilamellatus is cited as being native to Australasia (Orledge et al. 2010). In the nineteenth century, it was accidently introduced into southeast England. Since its introduction, its distribution has been expanding and today includes most of England and Wales, also occurring in localities of Scotland, Ireland and northwest France (Orledge et al. 2010). In Chile (Fig. 9), the only record to date comes from a small rural area in Region de Valparaiso, Provincia de Quillota.

The range expansion of C. bilamellatus in northern Europe has been favored by its tolerance of both wet and dry conditions, great rate of increase, low rate of parasitoid attack and ability to breed in many different host fungi, but limited by freezing weather and low availability of basidiomes in the coldest temperate forests (PaviourSmith 1968b, Orledge et al. 2010). Diet breadth is one of the key features of invasive ciid species, for instance observed in the invasive C. chinensis Lawrence in Europe and Brazil (Lopes-Andrade 2008) and Ceracis tabellifer Mellie in continental Africa, islands of western Indian Ocean, south and southeast Asia (Antunes-Carvalho & Lopes-Andrade 2013). It is plausible to expect that the Chilean populations of C. bilamellatus will retain these same characteristics. The number of males and females and observations of teneral adults shows that C. bilamellatus has found adequate conditions to live in Chile. The temperate climate in the majority of the country allows us to suppose that the species has all conditions for a successful establishment and expansion to the central areas, being limited by freezing weather to the east and southernmost portions of the country. The introduction pathway of C. bilamellatus in Chile is unknown, but it could have been favored by the presence of a highway used for transportation of commercial products passing through the rural area where it occurs.

Caption: Figs. 1-7. Male Cis bilamellatus Wood, 1884, from Chile. 1. Dorsal view. 2. Lateral view. 3. Ventral view. 4. Dorsal view showing scutellum, and part of elytra and pronotum. 5. Ventral view showing part of abdomen with a circular sex patch at the first ventrite (arrow), part of the posterior legs and the metaventrite. 6. Sternite VIII of male. 7. Male aedeagus, showing tegmen (above) and penis (below). Basal piece not shown. Scale bars: 0.5mm (1-3), 0.2mm (4-5), 0.1mm (6) and 0.05mm (7).

Caption: Figs. 8-9. Host fungus and distribution of Cis bilamellatus Wood, 1884 in Chile. 8. A basidiome of Ganoderma australe, used as host. 9. The single distribution record (full circle) in the country.


We are grateful to Richard Honour and an anonymous reviewer for their comments and suggestions that improved this manuscript. Glenda M. Orledge and Stephen Thorpe kindly sent specimens of Cis bilamellatus to CLA some years ago. Financial support to CLA was provided by Fundando de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG: Universal APQ-00653-12; PPM-00026-14) and Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnologico (CNPq: PROTAX 52/2010 n[degrees] 562229/2010-8; Universal n[degrees] 479737/2012-6; research grant to CLA n[degrees] 302480/2012-9), Secretaria de Estado de Ciencia, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior de Minas Gerais (SECTES-MG) and Projeto Floresta-Escola.


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(1) Laboratorio de Sistematica e Biologia de Coleoptera, Departamento de Biologia Animal, Universidade Federal de Vinosa (UFV), 36570-900, Vinosa, Minas Gerais, Brasil

(2) Panguilemo 261, Quilicura, Santiago, Chile

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