First record of the family Sphindidae (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea) from Socotra

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The cryptic slime-mold beetle Sphindus cf. rendilianus Lesne, 1922, described originally from Kenya, and so far known only from the holotype, is recorded from Socotra Island based on five specimens from recent collecting efforts. This is the first report of the family Sphindidae from the archipelago.

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