Blepharidina macarthuri (Bryant),

Iannella, Paola D’Alessandro Mattia & Biondi, Maurizio, 2019, Revision of the Afrotropical flea beetle subgenus Blepharidina s. str. Bechyné (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae), Zootaxa 4545 (1): -1

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https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4545.1.2

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scientific name

Blepharidina macarthuri (Bryant)
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Blepharidina macarthuri (Bryant) 

( Figs 13View FIGURES 11–19, 23View FIGURES 20–25, 49View FIGURES 44–49, 60View FIGURES 55–67, 69View FIGURES 68–69)

Blepharida macarthuri Bryant, 1948: 150 

Blepharidina macarthuri (Bryant)  : Biondi et al. 2017: 131

Type material examined. Lectotype ♂ ( Biondi des. in Biondi et al. 2017): “( KENYA) MacArthur and Museum Staff., Ikutha (2°04′12''S, 38°10′48''E). 1–42” ( BMNH)GoogleMaps  . Paralectotypes: KENYA, “Makindu (2°16′30''S, 37°49′12''E), xii.1933, MacArthur”, 1 ♀ ( BMNH). Additional material examined in Appendix 1GoogleMaps  .

Taxonomic observations. Blepharidina macarthuri  shows clear affinities with B. ornaticollis  . These two species share: similar size, habitus, sculpture of the dorsal integuments ( Figs 13, 15View FIGURES 11–19), anterior margin of the pronotum slightly thicker medially than laterally ( Figs 23, 25View FIGURES 20–25); anterior angles of the pronotum sharply pointed and laterally oriented ( Fig. 31View FIGURES 26–33), and dorsal surface of the aedeagus densely carinate longitudinally ( Figs 49View FIGURES 44–49, 51View FIGURES 50–54). However, B. macarthuri  is mainly distinguishable by the more slender distal part of the aedeagus ( Figs 49View FIGURES 44–49, 51View FIGURES 50–54), and the spermatheca with thicker and subcylindrical basal part (piriform and elongate in B. ornaticollis  ) ( Figs 60, 62View FIGURES 55–67). Morphometry in Appendix 2.

Distribution. Kenya ( Fig. 69View FIGURES 68–69). Possibly Northern–Eastern Afrotropical (NEA) chorotype.

Ecological notes. The collection sites fall within the following vegetation types: Eastern African Xeric Scrub (belonging to the Warm Desert & Semi-Desert Scrub & Grassland formation); Eastern African Salt Pan (belonging to the Salt Marsh formation); Afromontane Dry Forest (belonging to the Tropical Montane Humid Forest formation).

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Chrysomelidae

Genus

Blepharidina

Loc

Blepharidina macarthuri (Bryant)

Iannella, Paola D’Alessandro Mattia & Biondi, Maurizio 2019
2019
Loc

Blepharida macarthuri

Bryant, G. E. 1948: 150
1948