Cleicosta equatoreana, Vega-Badillo & Zaragoza-Caballero & Ivie, 2020

Vega-Badillo, Viridiana, Zaragoza-Caballero, Santiago & Ivie, Michael A., 2020, A new genus of Phengodidae (Coleoptera) from the Neotropical Region, Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia (Pap. Avulsos Zool., S. Paulo) 60 (6), pp. 1-7 : 6

publication ID 10.11606/1807-0205/2020.60.special-issue.06

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Cleicosta equatoreana

sp. nov.

Cleicosta equatoreana sp. nov.

( Figs. 2 View Figure 2 I-L)

Type material: Holotype (♂ NMNH): “ ECUADOR: Sucumbios / Sacha Lodge , 270 m / 00.5°S, 76.5°W / 04-14 May 1994 / P. Hibbs, Malaise”“Michael Ivie Collection”. GoogleMaps

Diagnosis: Cleicosta equatoreana sp. nov., is similar to C.monaguense sp.nov., however they differ in their interantennal distance. In C. equatoriana sp. nov., it is equal to antennal fossa width; in C. monaguense sp. nov., interantennal distance is greater than fossa width. Additionally, in C. equatoreana sp. nov., the terminal maxillary palpomere is 1.5 times longer than the preceding three combined, whereas in C. monaguense sp. nov., the terminal palpomere is equal in length as the preceding three combined.

Description: Male: Body length 2.4, maximum width 0.38. Body color light brown.

Head: Surface concave; wider (0.42) than long (0.32); at eye level, wider (0.42) than pronotum; integument smooth, coarsely punctuate, each puncture bearing an amber seta; interantennal distance (0.06) equal to antennal fossa width (0.07); eyes large, hemispherical, finely facetted, prominent, longer (0.18) than wide (0.08); interocular distance (0.24) 3 times greater than eye width; antennae short (0.81), barely reaching pronotal posterior border; 1 st antennomere longer (0.1) than next 2 combined, 3 rd cup-shaped, small (0.03), 4 th 0.07 in length, 5 th to 10 th about equal in length (0.08), 11 th 0.06 in length, 12 th (terminal) bullet-shaped with apex acute (0.06); antennal rami lanceolate, twice as long as respective antennomere; labrum bilobed; terminal maxillary palpomere robust, spindle-shaped (0.12), 1.5 times longer than preceding 3 combined; terminal labial palpomere spindle-shaped (0.04), 4 times longer than preceding one.

Thorax: Pronotum wider (0.38) than long (0.31); integument smooth, coarsely punctuate, each puncture bearing an amber seta; disc convex, anterior margin almost straight, posterior margin convex with small notch; scutellum spatulate, posterior margin with small notch on posterior margin, integument shiny, densely punctuate, each puncture bearing an amber seta; elytra short, 3 times longer (1.02) than wide (0.32); posterior wings ( Fig. 2L View Figure 2 ) with posterior medium vein (MP 1 + 2) distinct, posterior radial vein (RP) absent, radial cell (CR) open; cubital-anal wing area with undivided anterior anal vein (AA) and posterior anal vein (AP) visible; 1 st and 2 nd tarsomeres of all legs about equal in length.

Abdomen: Integument shiny, punctuate, with silky appearance due to dense setosity; penultimate sternite with posterior margin emarginate.

Female and immatures: Unknown.

Distribution: Sucumbios, Ecuador ( Fig. 3 View Figure 3 ).

Etymology: Specific epithet alludes to the type locality.


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