Akamboja caparaoensis,

Roza, André Silva, Quintino, Hingrid Yara Souza, Mermudes, José Ricardo Miras & Silveira, Luiz Felipe Lima Da, 2017, Akamboja gen. nov., a new genus of railroad-worm beetle endemic to the Atlantic Rainforest, with five new species (Coleoptera: Phengodidae, Mastinocerinae), Zootaxa 4306 (4), pp. 501-523: 516-518

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4306.4.3

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persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/E0ADEF1F-3D16-4047-8590-53E5BE11D27B

taxon LSID

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scientific name

Akamboja caparaoensis
status

sp. nov.

Akamboja caparaoensis  sp. nov. Roza, Quintino, Mermudes & Silveira

( Figs 36–40View FIGURES 31 – 40 and 45View FIGURES 44 – 45)

Etymology. The name is in reference to the Serra do Caparaó, location of occurrence of the species. Name in apposition.

Diagnosis. Pronotum dark brown. Eyes occupying half of head width, in lateral view ( Fig. 38View FIGURES 31 – 40). Vertex occupying ½ of head in dorsal view ( Fig. 40View FIGURES 31 – 40). Apical maxillary palpomere 3.5x longer than subapical ( Fig. 38View FIGURES 31 – 40). Elytron reaching the anterior margin of the third abdominal segment ( Fig. 36View FIGURES 31 – 40).

Description, male.

Measurements (n=1): Total length: 4.7 mm. Head length: 0.65 mm. Head width: 0.61 mm. Pronotum length: 0.63 mm. Pronotum maximum width: 0.6 mm. Elytron length: 1.7 mm. Elytron maximum width: 0.4 mm. Elytral spot length: 0.3 mm.

Morphology: Eyes occupying half of head width, in lateral view ( Fig. 38View FIGURES 31 – 40). Lateral region of the head sparsely setose posterior to eyes ( Fig. 39View FIGURES 31 – 40). Vertex occupying ½ of head in dorsal view ( Fig. 40View FIGURES 31 – 40). Apical maxillary palpomere 3.5x longer than subapical ( Fig. 38View FIGURES 31 – 40). Head longer than wide. Elytron 4x longer than wide ( Fig. 36View FIGURES 31 – 40), Elytron reaching the anterior margin of the third abdominal segment ( Fig. 36View FIGURES 31 – 40), apical spot occupying a fifth of the elytron ( Fig. 36View FIGURES 31 – 40).

Coloration. Body overall dark brown. Pronotum dark brown. Elytron dark brown, apex pale yellow. Wing venation black.

Immatures and females. Unknown

Biology and distribution. Akamboja caparaoensis  sp. nov. seems to occur only on summer, although this can be an artifact due to the low number of specimens. It inhabits high altitudinal areas of Dores do Rio Preto, on the Serra do Caparaó, in the Serra da Mantiqueira mountain range, around 1500 m. It is found on dense ombrophilous high montane forest.

Remarks. This species resembles Akamboja tenebrae  sp. nov., but can be distinguished mainly due to its bigger size and elytron (the elytron of Akamboja tenebrae  sp. nov. reaches the anterior margin of the second abdominal segment, while in Akamboja caparaoensis  sp. nov. it reaches the anterior margin of the third), head more densely setose behind the eyes (sparsely setose in Akamboja caparaoensis  sp. nov.), smaller vertex (bigger in Akamboja caparaoensis  sp. nov.) and its higher altitude occurrence (lower altitude occurrence in Akamboja tenebrae  sp. nov.).

Type material. Holotype (male): BRAZIL. Espírito Santo: Dores do Rio Preto. Parque Nacional do Caparaó, afluente do Rio Preto ( Laje ), 20°29’26,2’’S, 41°49’17,1’’W, 1567m, Malaise, 1 male, 11–15.I.2015, J. L. Nessimian, A. L. H. Oliveira, S. P. Gomes and C. P. Souza col ( DZRJ).GoogleMaps 

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Phengodidae

Genus

Akamboja