Scolytocis kiskeyensis Lopes-Andrade

Lopes-Andrade, Cristiano, 2008, An essay on the tribe Xylographellini (Coleoptera: Tenebrionoidea: Ciidae), Zootaxa 1832 (1), pp. 1-110: 24-25

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Scolytocis kiskeyensis Lopes-Andrade

sp. nov.

Scolytocis kiskeyensis Lopes-Andrade   sp. nov. ( Figs 45–47 View FIGURES 45–47 , 60 View FIGURES 60–62 , 65A View FIGURES 63–65 , 68A View FIGURES 66–68 , 74–76 View FIGURES 74–76 , 81 View FIGURE 81 )


The specific epithet refers to Kiskeya (also Quisqueya), an indigenous name for the island of Hispaniola ( Haiti and Dominican Republic), terra typica of this species.


The species belongs to the lawrencei   species-group, and so is distinguishable from the other Scolytocis   by the smooth posterior margin of pronotum and the concave prosternum. Scol. cariborum   sp. nov. has several setae at the elytral apex, and Scol. lawrencei   sp. nov. has setae at the metaventrite and abdominal ventrites.


Holotype. ( Figs 45–47 View FIGURES 45–47 ) Measurements in mm: TL 1.00; PL 0.37; PW 0.42; EL 0.63; EW 0.47; GD 0.42. Ratios: PL/PW 0.88; EL/EW 1.33; EL/PL 1.71; GD/EW 0.89; TL/EW 2.11. Body reddish brown; antennae, mouthparts and legs slightly lighter than body. Head shiny, sparsely punctate; punctures fine, interstice smooth. Each antenna ( Fig. 65A View FIGURES 63–65 ) with nine antennomeres (FL 0.073mm; CL 0.108mm; CL/FL 1.48); length of the antennomeres (in mm) as follows: 0.060; 0.035; 0.035; 0.013; 0.013; 0.013; 0.025; 0.033; 0.050. Eyes with greatest width 1.0X the basal width of scutellum. Pronotum sparsely, finely punctate; puncture deep, separated by a distance of three to five puncture widths; interstice between punctures microreticulate; anterolateral margins straight; posterolateral angles broadly rounded; posterior margin without rugose border. Scutellum shiny, rugose but not microreticulate, bearing one distinct puncture; basal width 0.16X the EW. Elytra with coarse, shallow, subseriate punctation; limits of punctures not well distinct (when seen from above), interstice between punctures smooth; elytral apex rounded, slightly concave, bearing very small, indistinct cuticular globules (best seen in lateral view). Each hindwings ( Fig. 60 View FIGURES 60–62 ) with apical area without conspicuous pigmented lines. Prosternum concave, without longitudinal carina at midline; surface rugose. Metaventrite glabrous, rugose; discrimen indistinct. Abdominal ventrites glabrous, rugose. Each metatibiae ( Fig. 68A View FIGURES 66–68 ) near 3X as long as broad; outer apical and outer lateral edges forming an almost perpendicular angle that is rounded; outer edge with spines (around 15) regularly distributed at apical two-thirds. Male genitalia (in paratypes). ( Fig. 74–76 View FIGURES 74–76 ) Both tegmen and median lobe completely and equally sclerotized, elongate but somewhat globose; median lobe broadly rounded, only 4X as long as broad and larger at middle.

Type series

Holotype. (ANIC) Dominican Republic: /DOM. REP.: Polo, 690m July, 1974 P. Hertz / Fomes sclerodermeus   / J. F. Lawrence Lot No. [printed] 3659 [handwritten]/ Scolytocis kiskeyensis Lopes-Andrade   HOLO- TYPUS [printed on red paper]/. Paratypes. Dominican Republic: 2 specimens (1 ANIC, 1 LAPC), same data as holotype. Puerto Rico: 2 specimens (LAPC) labeled /Cerro Dona Juana Ponce, P.R. Dec. 28, 1966 / S. Peck Collector / Ganoderma sp.   / J. F. Lawrence Lot. [printed] 1929 [handwritten]/; 1 specimen (ANIC) / Luquillo Exp. For. Humacao, P.R. Dec. 23, 1966 / S. Peck Collector / ex Fomes sclerodermeus   / J. F. Lawrence Lot. [printed] 1926 [handwritten]/. All the paratypes with an additional label / Scolytocis kiskeyensis Lopes-Andrade   PARATYPUS [printed on yellow paper]/.


Measurements in mm (n = 3, including the holotype): TL 1.00–1.16 (1.07 ± 0.08); PL 0.32–0.42 (0.37 ± 0.05); PW 0.42–0.47 (0.44 ± 0.03); EL 0.63–0.74 (0.68 ± 0.05); EW 0.47–0.53 (0.49 ± 0.03); GD 0.42–0.47 (0.44 ± 0.03). Ratios: PL/PW 0.75–0.89 (0.84 ± 0.08); EL/EW 1.33–1.44 (1.39 ± 0.06); EL/PL 1.71–2.17 (1.88 ± 0.25); GD/EW 0.89–0.90 (0.89 ± 0.01); TL/EW 2.11–2.22 (2.18 ± 0.06).

Distribution Known from the Greater Antilles, from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic ( Fig. 81 View FIGURE 81 ).

Host fungi Fomes fasciatus (Sw.) Cooke   ( Polyporaceae   ) and Ganoderma sp.   ( Ganodermataceae   ).


The morphology of the male genitalia in this species is unique among all the known Scolytocis   . The genitalia of Scol. cariborum   sp. nov. has a median lobe with a globose apex, somewhat resembling the one of Scol. kiskeyensis   sp. nov.