Minagrion ribeiroi ( Santos, 1962 )

Vilela, Diogo Silva, Anjos-Santos, Danielle, Koroiva, Ricardo, Cordero-Rivera, Adolfo & Guillermo-Ferreira, Rhainer, 2020, Revision of the genus Minagrion Santos, 1965 (Odonata: Coenagrionidae), Zootaxa 4786 (2), pp. 176-198: 188-190

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Minagrion ribeiroi ( Santos, 1962 )


Minagrion ribeiroi ( Santos, 1962) 

Figs. 1eView FIGURE 1 (♂ hab), 2i–j (♂ and ♀ tub), 3q–t (♂ app), 4e (♂ lig.), 5i (♀ hab), 6e (♀ lob), 7d (♀ ptx), 8e–f (♂ app, lost holotype), 9g–i (♀ lost allotype), 10e (alive ♂ specimen)

Telagrion ribeiroi, Santos (1962)  : 1 −6 (original description ♂ and ♀)

Minagrion ribeiroi, Santos (1965a)  : 9 (transference from Telagrion  to Minagrion  );— Santos (1967): 8 (comparison with M. canaanensis  );— Garrison (1991): 13 (synonymic list);— Carvalho & Nessimian (1998): 7 (habitats of immatures occuring in Rio de Janeiro State);— Costa & Mascarenhas (1998): 11 (Catalogues of the types housed in the MNRJ, comments);— Costa et al. (2001): 437, 440, 446 (species list);— Lencioni (2006): 172 (illustrated guide, distribution);— Garrison et al. (2010): 287, 289 (synonymic list, illustrations: Figs. 1852 and 1853 as M. mecistogastrum  ).

Holotype ♂ and allotype ♀: BRAZIL, Rio de Janeiro State, Recreio dos Bandeirantes (Lagoa das Taxas), 14.ix.1960, N.D. Santos leg., in MNRJ [examined] 

Specimens examined. Total: 108♂♂, 38♀♀. 74♂♂, 27♀♀, BRAZIL, Rio de Janeiro State, Recreio dos Ban- deirantes (Lagoa das Taxas), collected in diferent dates, as follows  : 1♂, 2♀♀ 05.x.1961 N.D. Santos and J.P. Mach- ado leg., 6♂♂, 3♀♀ (paratypes) 21.ix.1960 N.D. Santos leg. (one ♂ paratype housed in FAAL)  , 1♂ 22.ix.1963 N.D. Santos leg., 1♂, 1♀ 17.x.1965 N.D. Santos leg., 1♂ 12.xii.1965 N.D. Santos leg., 4♂♂, 4♀♀ 20.xi.1966 N.D. Santos leg., 11♂♂, 2♀♀ 07.i.1968 N.D. Santos leg., 2♂♂ 02.i.1965 N.D. Santos leg., 4♂♂, 1♀ 08.viii.1965 N.D. Santos leg., 2♂♂, 1♀ 13.viii.1964 N.D. Santos leg., 1♂, 1♀ 05.ix.1965 N.D. Santos leg., 9♂♂, 7♀♀ 19.ix.1965 N.D. Santos leg., 3♂♂ 29.viii.1967 N.D. Santos & J. Machado leg., 5♂♂ 01.ix.1968 N.D. Santos leg., 10♂♂, 1♀ 02.xi.1969 N.D. Santos leg., 12♂♂, 4♀♀ 26.xi.1969 N.D. Santos and J. Machado leg. and 1♂ xi.1969 N.D. San- tos and J. Machado leg., all in MNRJ  ; 2♂♂, Rio de Janeiro State, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, 01.ix.1968,? leg., in MNRJ  ; 3♂♂, Rio de Janeiro State, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, ‘ Inside the forest’, 06.ix.1962, J. Machado & O.A. Roppa leg., in MNRJ  ; 1♂, Rio de Janeiro State, ‘ Canal das Taxas (forest)’, 05.x.1961, J. Machado, O.A. Roppa & H.F. Berla leg., in MNRJ  ; 13♂♂, 5♀♀, Rio de Janeiro State, Restinga de Itapeba , Lagoinha das Taxas, collected in different dates as follows  : 2♂♂ 02.viii.1964; N.D. Santos leg., 2♂♂, 1♀ 16.viii.1964 N.D. Santos leg., 9♂♂, 3♀♀ 21.ix.1969 N.D. Santos leg. and 1♀ 13.xi.1964 N.D. Santos leg., all in MNRJ  ; 2♂♂, Rio de Janeiro State, São Ber- nardino, Estrada de Ferro Rio d’Ouro , 19.ix.1937, R  . d’Almeida leg. in ABMM; 1♀, São Paulo State, Salesópolis (23°35’51” S, 45°43’41”, 1074 m asl), F.A.A. Lencioni leg., in FAAL  .

Additions to the original female description. Head ( Fig. 5iView FIGURE 5). Black dorsally, except for a pale occipital bar; labrum, anteclypeus, postclypeus, antefrons and postfrons yellow. Back of the head black.

Thorax ( Figs. 5iView FIGURE 5, 6eView FIGURE 6, 7dView FIGURE 7, 9gView FIGURE 9). Posterior lobe of prothorax trilobed in dorsal view, all lobes subequal in size; lateral and middle lobes slightly erected in lateral view; lateral margin of prothorax widens greatly towards the base; notopleural suture a nearly straight line.

Legs ( Fig. 5iView FIGURE 5). Pale, spination brown, tibial spines longer than the space between them.

Wings ( Fig. 5iView FIGURE 5). Hyaline with brown parallelogram pterostigma, occupying one cell; 9 Px in HW, 11 Px in FW; CuA extending for 9 cells distal to vein descending from subnodus in FW and HW; MP not reaching wing posterior margin and merged to MP&AA in FW and HW.

Abdomen ( Figs. 2jView FIGURE 2, 5iView FIGURE 5, 9View FIGURE 9 h–i). Tubercle roughly triangular as in the male, significantly smaller, slightly excavated posteriorly. Ovipositor surpasses the posterior margin of S10 for a distance shorter than this segment and does not reach the level of cercus.

Measurements. Total 33−35; abdomen 27−29; FW 18−19; HW 16.6−18.

Diagnosis. Male cercus shorter than S10 ( Figs. 3View FIGURE 3 q–t, 8e–f; shared only with M. mecistogastrum  ), wide ventrobasal portion occupying at least 3/4 of cercus length, in other species, the ventrobasal portion occupies 1/2 of cercus or less; cercus with one strong tooth at its apex; paraproct with acute apex, pointed posteriorly (shared with M. caldense  ); segment one of genital ligula with a pair of digit-like lateral sclerotized processes, similar to lobes, in flexure; small inner fold sub triangular in lateral view, proximal to flexure; segment two very short, almost at level of the inner fold, with an entirely straight apex ( Fig. 4eView FIGURE 4); tubercle triangular with acute apex, smaller in females ( Fig. 2iView FIGURE 2). Posterior lobe of female prothorax trilobed ( Fig. 6eView FIGURE 6), each lobe subequal in size, slightly erected in lateral view ( Fig. 7dView FIGURE 7); lateral margin of prothorax wider at base ( Fig. 7dView FIGURE 7; shared with M. canaanense  ); notopleural suture nearly a straight line; tubercle roughly triangular, smaller than in male ( Fig. 2jView FIGURE 2).

Distribution. This species is only recorded in the States of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil, in the Atlantic Forest region. Although this species was numerous in MNRJ collection, it seems to be one of the rarer Minagrion  species in collections and is also rarely encountered in the field.


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Minagrion ribeiroi ( Santos, 1962 )

Vilela, Diogo Silva, Anjos-Santos, Danielle, Koroiva, Ricardo, Cordero-Rivera, Adolfo & Guillermo-Ferreira, Rhainer 2020

Minagrion ribeiroi, Santos (1965a)

Garrison, R. W. & von Ellenrieder, N. & Louton, J. A. 2010: 287
Lencioni, F. A. A. 2006: 172
Costa, J. M. & Lourenco, A. N. & Vieira, L. P. 2001: 437
Carvalho, A. L. & Nessimian, J. L. 1998: 7
Costa, J. M. & Mascarenhas, B. J. A. 1998: 11
Garrison, R. W. 1991: 13
Santos, N. D. 1967: 8
Santos, N. D. 1965: 9

Telagrion ribeiroi, Santos (1962)

Santos, N. D. 1962: 1