Muisca testacea

Opitz, Pitz Pinola Weston, 2018, Classification, Natural History, and Evolution of the Subfamily Peloniinae O (Coleoptera: Cleroidea: Cleridae). Part IX. Taxonomic revision of the New World genus Muisca S, Linzer biologische Beiträge 50 (1), pp. 587-653 : 631

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Muisca testacea


Muisca testacea ( KLUG, 1842) ( Figs 2-13 View Figs 2-13 , 79, 97, 123, 155)

Enoplium testacea KLUG, 1842: 367. Lectotype. Gender not known. Here designated. Brazil (ZMHB). There is evidence (body size measurements) in Klug’s description that the original description of this species is based on more than one specimen. However, Klug did not specify which of the specimens before him should be the name baerer of this species. Therefore, I invoke Recommendation 73F of the ICZN (1999) and designate a lectotype and paralectotype for this nominal species. CORPORAAL 1950: 284. EKIS (now OPITZ), 1975: 56 (New Status, New Synonymy was erroneously noted after Klug’s species name).

D i a g n o s i s: Funicular antennomeres 4-6 are infuscated only in members of M. testacea and M. variabilis . At this time, only the males of these two species are separable using characteristics of the aedeagus (compare Figs 123, 124 View Figs 116-124 ).

R e d e s c r i p t i o n: Size: Length 4.5 mm; width 1.7 mm. Form: As in Fig. 155 View Figs 153-156 . Color: Testaceous, except capitulum dark brown. Head: Funicular antennomeres subfiliform, progressively shorter towards capitulum, capitulum longer than combined length of funicular antennomeres, capitular antennomeres 9 and 10 triangular ( Fig. 6 View Figs 2-13 ), antennomere 11 obovate; frons wider than width of eye (EW/FW 21/30). Thorax: Pronotum ( Figs 5 View Figs 2-13 , 79) oblong (PW/PL 70/80), side margin with well-developed tubercle, disc uniformly punctate; elytral asetiferous punctation striate to distal 2/3 rd of epipleural region, near sutural margin punctured end at about distal 1/2 (EL/EW 220/70). Abdomen: Pygidium scutiform; posterior margin of 6 th visible sternite concave; aedeagus, phallic apex as in Fig. 123. View Figs 116-124

V a r i a t i o n: Size: Length 4.5-8.0 mm; width 1.7-2.8 mm. Other than body size, the available specimens are quite homogeneous.

N a t u r a l h i s t o r y: Specimens were captured during April and December.

D i s t r i b u t i o n ( Fig.97 View Fig ): In addition to the type, I examined 19 specimens: Brazil: Estado do Minas Gerais, Passa Quatro ,?- XII-1972, F. M. Oliveira ; Matusinhos , 3-IV-1885, E. Gounelle ; Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Nova Friburgo ,?- II-1884, P. Germain. Specimens are deposited in ANSP, MNHN, MCZN, WOPC, and ZMHB .


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