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

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5410042

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5480622

persistent identifier

https://treatment.plazi.org/id/0398D973-7053-992A-FF23-FE277A56FB6C

treatment provided by

Marcus

scientific name

Curelius jaegeri
status

nov.sp.

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.

NMNW

National Museum of Namibia

MFNB

Museo Friulano di Storia Naturale

SMNS

Staatliches Museum fuer Naturkund Stuttgart

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Cryptophagidae

Genus

Curelius