Tetraserica khemoi Ahrens, 2023

Ahrens, Dirk, Lukic, Daniel, Pham, Phu, Li, Wei & Liu, Wangang, 2023, Tetraserica Ahrens, 2004 of continental Southeast Asia: new records, new species and an updated key to species (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Sericinae: Sericini), Zootaxa 5374 (4), pp. 451-486 : 466-468

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Tetraserica khemoi Ahrens

sp. nov.

Tetraserica khemoi Ahrens , new species

Fig. 6E–J View FIGURE 6

Type material examined. Holotype: ♂ “ VIETNAM: Nghe An: ca. 25 km SW of Con Cuong; Khe Moi River Forestry Camp, 308m Khe Moi River tributary 18°56’N, 104°49’E; UV light 6.vi.1995 B. Hubley ROM 956172; forest edge/ 1232 Sericini Asia spec.” ( ROMC). GoogleMaps

Description of the holotype. Length: 9.4 mm; length of elytra: 7.4 mm; maximum width: 6.2 mm. Dorsal surface dark brown and glabrous, ventral surface including legs reddish brown, antenna yellow.

Labroclypeus subtrapezoidal, wider than long, widest at base, lateral margins moderately convex and convergent to strongly rounded anterior angles, anterior margin weakly emarginate medially, margins moderately reflexed; surface weakly convex, moderately shiny, finely and densely punctate, glabrous; frontoclypeal suture indistinctly incised, flat and weakly curved medially; ocular canthus short and triangular, impunctate, with a single terminal seta. Smooth area anterior to eye twice as wide as long. Frons dull, with sparse, fine punctures, with two single erect setae beside each eye. Antenna yellowish, with ten antennomeres; club composed of four antennomeres in male, straight, 1.2 times as long as remaining antennomeres combined. Eyes small, ratio of diameter/interocular width: 0.61. Mentum elevated and slightly flattened anteriorly.

Pronotum moderately wide and convex, widest at posterior thirds, lateral margins evenly convex, strongly narrowed anteriorly towards sharp and slightly produced anterior angles, posterior angles convex. Anterior margin of pronotum slightly convex, with fine, complete marginal line. Surface finely and densely punctate, except minute setae glabrous, lateral and lateral anterior margins sparsely setose. Hypomeron not carinate. Scutellum triangular, finely and densely punctate, basal midline widely impunctate.

Elytra oblong, widest in posterior third, striae distinctly impressed, finely and moderately densely punctate, intervals convex, with fine and dense punctures concentrated along striae, with very minute setae in punctures and a very few short setae on odd intervals; epipleural edge robust, ending at convex external apical angle of elytra, epipleura densely setose; apical border with a fringe of microtrichomes (100x).

Ventral surface dull, finely and densely punctate, metasternum sparsely covered with fine, short, or very minute setae; metacoxa glabrous, with a few single setae laterally; abdominal sternites finely and densely punctuate, with a transverse row of coarse punctures, each bearing a robust seta. Mesosternum between mesocoxae as wide as mesofemur. Ratio of length of metepisternum/metacoxa: 1/1.67. Pygidium weakly convex and dull, densely punctate, without smooth midline, almost glabrous, with a few longer setae along apical margin.

Legs wide; femora finely and sparsely punctate; metafemur wide and moderately shiny or dull, anterior margin acute; ventral posterior margin smooth and widened in apical half, dorsal posterior margin smooth, with a few short setae basally. Posterior ventral margin shortly before the middle with a large, blunt tooth directed posteriorly subequal to 1/7 of maximum metafemur width ( Fig. 6J View FIGURE 6 ). Metatibia short and wide, widest at middle; ratio width/length: 1/2.5; basal group of dorsal spines of metatibia at first third, apical one at two thirds of metatibial length; ventral margin weakly convex and serrate, with four equidistant robust setae; apical margin bluntly and slightly concavely truncated towards ventral margin. Tarsomeres dorsally smooth, with fine, sparse setae ventrally, neither laterally nor dorsally carinate; metatarsomeres with a strongly serrated ridge ventrally and glabrous; first metatarsomere slightly shorter than following two tarsomeres combined, one quarter of its length longer than dorsal tibial spine. Protibia short, bidentate; anterior claws symmetrical, basal tooth of both claws bluntly truncate at apex.

-1480910184 Aedeagus: Fig. 6 View FIGURE 6 E- 1480910184 H. Habitus: Fig. 6I View FIGURE 6 . Female unknown.

Diagnosis. Tetraserica khemoi Ahrens , new species is in shape of aedeagus most similar to T. kollae Fabrizi, Dalstein & Ahrens, 2019 and T. brahmaputrae Ahrens, 2004 ; the new species differs by the presence of the blunt tooth at the posterior margin of metafemur and the shape of the parameres: the dorsal lobe of the left paramere is much narrower and strongly bent ventrally; the median apical phallobasal lamina is long and narrow, evenly bent dorsally towards apex but basolaterally strongly enlarged towards a lateral lamina as well.

Etymology. The new species is named after the Khe Moi river close to the type locality (noun in apposition).













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