Scolytocis werneri Lopes-Andrade

Lopes-Andrade, Cristiano, 2008, An essay on the tribe Xylographellini (Coleoptera: Tenebrionoidea: Ciidae), Zootaxa 1832 (1), pp. 1-110: 37-38

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Scolytocis werneri Lopes-Andrade

sp. nov.

Scolytocis werneri Lopes-Andrade   sp. nov. ( Figs 114–116 View FIGURES 114–116 , 124 View FIGURES 123–125 , 127B View FIGURES 126–127 , 129B View FIGURES 128–129 , 133 View FIGURES 130–133 , 134 View FIGURE 134 )

Etymology The specific epithet is in honour of the great entomologist Floyd Gerald Werner (1921-1992), who col- lected the known specimens of the species. He also collected the known specimens of Scol. thayerae   sp. nov. and Xylographella speciosa   sp. nov., all during the Philippine Zoological Expedition (1946 to 1947), sponsored by the Chicago Museum of Natural History (now the Field Museum of Natural History).


The species belongs to the werneri   species-group, and so is distinguishable from the other Scolytocis   by the combination of a concave prosternum and the presence of a rugose border along the posterior margin of pronotum. It differs from Scol. novaezelandiae   , the other species of the group, by its narrower rugose border of pronotum and the metaventrite bearing a long discrimen.


Holotype. ( Figs 114–116 View FIGURES 114–116 ) Measurements in mm: TL 1.26; PL 0.42; PW 0.53; EL 0.84; EW 0.58; GD 0.58. Ratios: PL/PW 0.80; EL/EW 1.45; EL/PL 2.00; GD/EW 1.00; TL/EW 2.18. Body dark brown; antennae, mouthparts and legs yellowish brown. Head sparsely punctate; interstice between punctures inconspicuously microreticulate, shiny. Each antenna ( Fig. 127B View FIGURES 126–127 ) with nine antennomeres (FL 0.07mm; CL 0.12mm; CL/FL 1.59); length of the antennomeres (in mm) as follows: 0.067; 0.037; 0.033; 0.013; 0.013; 0.013; 0.033; 0.030; 0.053. Eyes with greatest width 1.3X the basal width of scutellum. Pronotum with coarse, sparse punctation; punctures irregular, separated by a distance of one to three puncture widths; interstice between punctures finely microreticulate. Scutellum impunctate, rugose; basal width 0.14X the EW. Elytra with confuse punctation, coarser and denser than that of pronotum; interstice between punctures smooth to slightly rugose, shiny, but not microreticulate; elytral apex truncate, declivity slightly concave and bearing small, inconspicuous cuticular globules. Each hindwing ( Fig. 124 View FIGURES 123–125 ) with apical area without conspicuous pigmented line, but one vague, inconspicuous line near the posterior margin. Prosternum concave, without longitudinal carina at midline; surface finely rugose. Metaventrite bearing a distinct discrimen along its midline, beginning at the posterior margin and almost reaching the anterior; surface finely granulose at disc and rugose on either side. Abdominal ventrite glabrous, finely microreticulate. Each metatibia ( Fig. 129B View FIGURES 128–129 ) near 3X as long as broad; outer apical and outer lateral edges forming an obtuse angle that is broadly rounded; apex with outer edge bearing almost 15 spines very close to each other, outer lateral edge with near five spines regularly distributed. Male genitalia (in a paratype). ( Fig. 133 View FIGURES 130–133 ) Median lobe subcylindrical, membranous, elongate, as long as tegmen; tegmen with lateral margins converging from the middle to the apex.

Type series

Holotype. (FMNH) Philippines: / CAMP MERAN E [handwritten] slope Mt. Apo, Davo Prov. Mindanao, P.I. [printed] XI-5-46 [handwritten] / F.G. Werner Collector / Scolytocis werneri Lopes-Andrade   HOLO- TYPUS [printed on red paper] /. Paratypes. Philippines: 3 specimens (1 FMNH, 2 LAPC), same data as holotype, but one additionally labeled /ex Fomes applanatus   on [sic]/. All paratypes additionally labeled / Scolytocis werneri Lopes-Andrade   PARATYPUS [printed on yellow paper]/.


Measurements in mm (n = 4, including the holotype): TL 1.26–1.32 (1.29 ± 0.03); PL 0.42–0.42 (0.42 ± 0); PW 0.47–0.53 (0.51 ± 0.03); EL 0.79–0.84 (0.83 ± 0.03); EW 0.53–0.58 (0.57 ± 0.03); GD 0.47–0.58 (0.54 ± 0.05). Ratios: PL/PW 0.80–0.89 (0.82 ± 0.04); EL/EW 1.45–1.50 (1.47 ± 0.02); EL/PL 1.88–2.00 (1.97 ± 0.06); GD/EW 0.90–1.00 (0.95 ± 0.06); TL/EW 2.18–2.40 (2.28 ± 0.09).

Distribution Known from a single collection at the Mount Apo, in the island of Mindanao, Philippines ( Fig. 134 View FIGURE 134 ).

Host fungi Ganoderma applanatum   ( Ganodermataceae   ).