Agrilus (Paralophotus) pavlinae,

Curletti, Gianfranco & Sakalian, Vladimir, 2009, Sixteen new species of Agrilus Curtis, 1825 from East Africa (Coleoptera, Buprestidae), ZooKeys 24 (24), pp. 1-29: 20-21

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Agrilus (Paralophotus) pavlinae

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Agrilus (Paralophotus) pavlinae  , sp. n.

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Type specimens. Holotype ♀: “NE Lower Tana River (02°16´54˝S – 40°10´35˝E), 30 m, 25– 26.10.2005, G. Curletti & V. Sakalian leg.”GoogleMaps  . Paratype ♀: with same locality and date as holotype. Th e holotype is deposited in IZBAS and the paratype in GCCI.

Description of holotype. Body robust, dark copper colored, with two tubercles on pronotum and three spots of short golden pubescence on elytra.

Head with medial depression on vertex and upper part of frons and two carinae bordering the eyes on the vertex and upper portion of frons; width of vertex between eyes 0.42 mm; depression of vertex with sparse punctation; frons, clypeus and genae with dense golden pubescence; eyes feebly convex, small; antennae short, barely reaching upper portion of eyes; antennomeres 4–11 wider than long, triangular.

Pronotum widest at anterior third; lateral margins curved in posterior third; lateroposterior angles acute; pronotum with two wide lateral depressions; disc with two central tubercles with concentric pubescence; prehumeral pronotal carinae very distinct, sharp, arched near posterior margin then parallel, extending to just before middle portion of pronotum, not approaching lateral margins; marginal and submarginal carinae coalescent at posterior third of pronotum; discal sculpture consisting of longitudinal, transverse and concentric (at tubercles) striae, pubescent.

Scutellum robust, arched in anterior portion; transverse carina present; hind projection acutely pointed.

Elytra subparallel, widest at posterior third, width across humeri wider than pronotal base; humeral depressions deep and wide, golden pubescent; apices very narrowly separately arcuate, distinctly serrulate; disk with three spots of short, golden, pubescence just before middle and posterior third and apical portion, antemedial and postmedial spots arched, apical spot adsutural; discal elytral sculpture consisting of polygonal cells.

Underside. Prosternal lobe robust, distinctly arcuate. Prosternal process with sides parallel between procoxae; apical portion very long and acutely pointed; prosternum,

Figure 2View Figure 2 |. Agrilus (Paralophotus) pavlinae  , sp. n. (dorsal view).

prosternal process, and meso- and metasternum with white pubescence. Abdomen without suture between ventrites 1 and 2. Lateral portions of ventrites 3 with spots of white pubescence; apex of last ventrite truncate without medial emargination. Metatarsus shorter than metatibia; basal metatarsomere shorter than following metatarsomeres together; tarsal claws bifid with short inner tooth.

Description of paratype. The paratype differs slightly in size and density of pronotal and elytral pubescent spots.

Size. Length 5.75–6.50 mm (holotype 5.75 mm); width 1.70–1.95 mm (holotype 1.70 mm).

Differential diagnosis. Among the Paralophotus species which have two tubercles of concentric sculpture on the centre of the pronotum only Agrilus (Paralophotus) pavlinae  , sp. n. has white pubescent spots on the sides of the third ventrite.

Etymology. Dedicated to Pavlina Pesheva, the mother of the second author.


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