Curelius jaegeri, Esser & R, 2017

Esser, Jens & R, Afrotropical, 2017, On Curelius CASEY, 1900 and Ephistemus STEPHENS, 1829 (Coleoptera, Cryptophagidae) from the Afrotropical Region, Linzer biologische Beiträge 49 (2), pp. 1139-1145 : 1140

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Curelius jaegeri


Curelius jaegeri nov.sp.

Type material: Holotype Ƌ: " Namibia, 24.XI.1993, 18°13’S / 21°45’E, Kavango: Mahango Game Reserve : Piknik site, lux. leg. M. Uhlig " [ NMNW, temporarily MFNB]. GoogleMaps

Paratypes: 7 ex. with the same data as the holotype [ MFNB: 6 ex., NMNW: 1 ex.] GoogleMaps ; 10 ex. " Namibia, 2.- 3.X.1993, 18°14’S / 21°43’E, Kavango: Mahango Game Reserve , leg. F. Koch " [ MFNB: 6 ex., NMNW: 1 ex., cES: 3 ex.] GoogleMaps ; 2 ex. " Namibia-Exp. ZMB 1992, E. Caprivi: 10 km SE Katima Mulilo, 17°31’S / 24°25’ E, Zambezi-Altwasserarm , lux, 6.III.92, leg. M. Uhlig [ MFNB] GoogleMaps ; 4 ex. "SWA / Namibia, Nyangana / Okavango, 14.- 22.1.1985, leg. H. Roer " [ ZMFK: 3 ex., cES: 1 ex.] ; 1 ex. " RSA, KwaZulu-Natal, sw Magudu , 04.- 05.01.2009, leg. P. Schüle " [ SMNS] .

E t y m o l o g y: To the honour of Bernd Jaeger, who supported my work every time.

D e s c r i p t i o n: Male, 1,05 mm, pale yellow-reddish. Body strongly convex, with strong but sparse puncture: on pronotum the distance like the diameter, on elytra distance is more than two diameters and puncture is more fine ( fig. 1 View Fig ). Elytral epipleuron smooth. Eyes normal, one eye smaller than the diameter between the eyes ( fig. 6 View Fig ). Metaventrite very sparsely punctured. Prosternal process parallel-sided, very sparsely punctured but distinct shagreened ( fig. 9 View Fig ). No furrows for antennae next to the prosternal process developed. Legs are slender, pale. Antennae also slender and pale, 11 segmented with a 3 segmented club, segments 9, 10 and 11 slightly asymmetric, 10 and 11 jointed nearly in the middle of the previous segment (like usual in most Curelius).

C o m m e n t Very similar to C. japonicus (REITTER, 1878) and distinguished by the smaller eyes ( figs 5 & 6 View Fig ), more convex body ( figs 1 & 4 View Fig ) and different metaventrite and prosternal process ( figs 8 & 9 View Fig ). Quite similar to the palaearctic C. dilutus (REITTER, 1883), but more stout and convex, with different structures on surface of pronotum and elytra.

D i s t r i b u t i o n: Known from Namibia and South Africa.


National Museum of Namibia


Museo Friulano di Storia Naturale


Staatliches Museum fuer Naturkund Stuttgart