Cleicosta monaguense, 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 : 5-6

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Cleicosta monaguense

sp. nov.

Cleicosta monaguense sp. nov.

( Figs. 2 View Figure 2 E-H)

Type material: Holotype (♂ MIZA): “ VENEZUELA: Monagus [Monagas], 700 m / Caripe, Cueva #87-82/ Guacharo, 20-30 July 1987 / Forest over coffee/ S & J Peck, Malaise FIT”“From the Michael Ivie Collection” . Paratypes: “ VENEZ: Monagus, 700 m / Caripe, Cueva #87-82/ Guacharo, 20-30 July 87/ Forest over coffee/ S & J Peck, Malaise” “Michael Ivie Collection” (3♂ CNIN, 3♂ MTEC).

Diagnosis: Cleicosta monaguense sp. nov., can be separated from the similar C. breviplumata comb. nov., by its greater interantennal distance which equals twice the antennal fossa width (interantennal distance equals antennal fossa width in C. breviplumata comb. nov.). The interocular distance is three times greater than eye width in C. monaguense sp. nov., and in C. breviplumata comb. nov., it is four times greater. Additionally, in C. monaguense sp. nov., the first tarsomere is shorter than the second in all legs, whereas in C. breviplumata comb. nov., the first and second tarsomeres are equal in length in all three pairs of legs.

Description: Male: Body length 3.50, maximum body width 0.46. Light brown body.

Head: Surface concave, wider (0.53) than long (0.41); at eye level, wider (0.53) than pronotum (0.46); integument smooth thick and roughly dotted densely and coarsely punctuate, each puncture bearing a brown seta, interantennal distance (0.12) equal to twice antennal fossa width (0.07); eyes large, hemispherical, finely facetted, prominent, longer (0.22) than wide (0.01); interocular distance (0.31) 3 times greater than eye width; antennae short (1.17), barely reaching pronotal posterior margin, 1 st antennomere (0.10) longer than next 2 combined, 3 rd cup-shaped and short (0.03), 4 th in length 0.10, 5 th to 10 th about equal in length (0.11), 11 th measuring 0.09, 12 th (terminal) bullet-shaped with apex acute (0.12); antennal rami lanceolate, 1.5 times as long as respective antennomere; labrum bilobed; terminal maxillary palpomere robust, spindle-shaped, as long as preceding 3 combined (0.15); terminal labial palpomere spindle-shaped (0.07), 6 times as long as preceding one.

Thorax: Pronotum wider (0.46) than long (0.42), integument smooth, densely and coarsely punctuate; each puncture bearing a brown seta; disc convex, anterior margin almost straight, anterior angles rounded, lateral margins slightly curved, posterior margin curved, posterior angles acute; scutellum spatulate, with small notch on posterior margin, integument shiny, densely punctuate, each puncture bearing a yellow seta; elytra short, 2.5 times longer (0.95) than wide (0.33); posterior wings ( Fig. 2H View Figure 2 ) with posterior medium vein (MP 1 + 2) long and distinct, posterior radial vein (RP) absent, radial cell (CR) open; wing cubital-anal area with anterior anal vein (AA) (divided into AA 1 + 2 and AA 3 + 4) and posterior anal vein (AP) distinct, cubital-anal vein (CuA) divided into MP 4,MP 3a and MP 3b mid-posterior veins;1 st tarsomere of all legs shorter than 2 nd.

Abdomen: Integument shiny, punctuate, with silky appearance due to dense setosity; penultimate sternite with posterior margin sinuate, last sternite with posterior margin notched; pygidial posterior margin straight.

Female and immatures: Unknown.

Distribution: Monagas, Venezuela ( Fig. 3 View Figure 3 ).

Etymology: Specific epithet alludes to the type locality.


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