Pujoliclerus tuxtlas, Opitz, Weston, 2019

Opitz, Weston, 2019, Descriptions of new genera and new species of Western Hemisphere checkered beetles (Coleoptera, Cleroidea, Cleridae), Linzer biologische Beiträge 51 (2), pp. 959-1076: 1018

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Pujoliclerus tuxtlas


Pujoliclerus tuxtlas   OPITZ nov.sp. ( Figs 27 View Figs 1-27 , 200, 255, 350)

Holotype: ♂. Type locality: MEXICO, VER. 250', Los Tuxtlas , Biol. Stat. UNAM, 19May1983, C. & L. O’Brien & G. Marshall ( FSCA).  

D i a g n o s i s: The combination of red marking on the portal disc, elytral apex yellow, and enlarged 6 th antennomere ( Fig. 27 View Figs 1-27 ) will distinguish the members of this species from congeners. The genus Pujoliclerus   PIC was revised in 2014 ( OPITZ 2014d).

D e s c r i p t i o n: Size: Length 4.5 mm; width 1.3 mm. Form: As in Fig. 350 View Figs 350-353 . Color: Cranium mostly testaceous, upper frons and epicranium black at middle; antenna black; prothorax tricolorous, venter yellow, pronotum yellow at sides, with red marking adjacent to black marking at middle; pterothorax dark brown; elytra dark brown except apex yellow; legs bicolorous, mostly testaceous, become less infuscated from prothoracic legs to metathoracic legs; abdomen brown. Head: Cranium coarsely punctate; antenna ( Fig. 27 View Figs 1-27 ) capitate, 6 th antennomere expanded, capitular antennomeres 8 and 9 triangular, antennomere 10 ovate; eyes large, coarsely facetted, eye wider than frons (EW/FW 25/20). Thorax: Pronotum ( Fig. 200 View Figs 194-200 ) quadrate (PW/PL 67/67), disc coarsely punctate, lateral tubercle well developed; elytral asetiferous punctures arranged into 10 striae, punctures extend to elytral apex (EL/EW 205/48). Abdomen: Pygidium quadrate / scutiform, posterior margin broadly concave; aedeagus as in Fig. 255. View Figs 255-261

N a t u r a l H i s t o r y: The holotype was collected in May, at 76 m.

D i s t r i b u t i o n: This species is known from Mexico.

E t y m o l o g y: The trivial name, tuxtlas, is a noun in apposition and refers to the type locality.


Mexico, Mexico D.F., Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico


USA, Florida, Gainesville, Division of Plant Industry, Florida State Collection of Arthropods


Florida State Collection of Arthropods, The Museum of Entomology