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ISRN Zoology
Volume 2012, Article ID 802371, 4 pages
Research Article

A New Species of Genus Anelpistina and the Second Described Nicoletiid (Zygentoma: Insecta) Species from the Mayan Ruins of Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico

School of Science, Marist College, 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, USA

Received 30 September 2012; Accepted 12 November 2012

Academic Editors: B. Crother, C. L. Frank, and V. Ketmaier

Copyright © 2012 Luis Espinasa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Recent studies on the American nicoletiid insects (“silverfish”) of the subfamily Cubacubaninae have shown that the group is more species rich than previously recognized. It has become common to find that a single locality is inhabited by more than one species of nicoletiid. In previous studies, a species from genus Squamigera had been described from the rainforest surrounding the Mayan ruins of Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. We report here the presence of two more species of nicoletiids in the same locality and we describe here a new species of genus Anelpistina. DNA sequence data and morphology are provided to differentiate these species.