Sennius ricardo, Viana & Ribeiro-Costa, 2013

Viana, Jéssica Herzog & Ribeiro-Costa, Cibele Stramare, 2013, Bruchines (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) associated with Senna neglecta (Vogel) H. S. Irwin and Barneby (Fabaceae: Caesalpinioideae): a new host plant for the subfamily, Journal of Natural History 48 (1 - 2), pp. 57-85: 79-82

publication ID 10.1080/00222933.2013.791882


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Sennius ricardo

sp. nov.

Sennius ricardo   sp. nov.

( Figure 6 View Figure 6 A–H)


Dimension. Length (Pronotum-elytra) 2.44 mm. Width 1.60 mm.

Integument colour. Head, thorax and elytra black, elytron sometimes with transverse irregular dark brown macula in submedian region ( Figure 6A View Figure 6 ) that extends from the third to eighth striae interval. Abdomen and pygidium dark brown to black ( Figure 6B, D View Figure 6 ). Antennae, hind legs, maxillary and labial palps dark brown ( Figure 6B, C View Figure 6 ). Fore and middle legs red-orange to dark brown ( Figure 6B View Figure 6 ).

Pubescence. Head with dense tuft of white hair posterior to the postocular lobe, white pubescence moderately dense in the ocular sinus, postocular lobe and mandible ( Figure 6C View Figure 6 ). Labrum with scattered golden pubescence, denser at apex ( Figure 6C View Figure 6 ). Pronotum with sparse white and golden pubescence; white pubescence moderately dense at posterior corners and in antescutellar area, sometimes at anterior corners ( Figure 6A View Figure 6 ). Scutellum with dense white pubescence ( Figure 6A View Figure 6 ). Elytron with mix of black, white and golden pubescence, dense white pubescence distributed as follows: in small tufts at base of thirrd, fifth and sixth striae intervals; in submedian irregular transverse macula extending from first to ninth striae intervals, generally covering the macula with a dark brown integument ( Figure 6A View Figure 6 ). Pygidium with sparse pubescence on anterior half, and with moderately dense white pubescence and dense median line on posterior half ( Figure 6D View Figure 6 ). Ventral region of body with white pubescence, denser at base of mesepimeron, metepisternum, metasternum, distal region of posterior coxa, and base of first abdominal ventrite ( Figure 6B View Figure 6 ).

Head evenly punctuate, except at midline of frons, base of clypeus and labrum; frons convex, frontal carina and transverse sulcus absent; ocular sinus deep, more than half an eye length ( Figure 6C View Figure 6 ). First and third antenna segments filiform, second and fourth moniliform, fifth to tenth broader than long, eleventh globular and pointed at apex ( Figure 6B View Figure 6 ). Pronotum moderately convex, disc sulcate at basal lobe ( Figure 6A View Figure 6 ). Scutellum subquadrate, slightly wider than long ( Figure 6A View Figure 6 ). Base of elytra without denticles at striae. Hind femur with a very prominent tooth (0.05 mm), microserrate on ventral margin near apex ( Figure 6E View Figure 6 ). Hind tibia with lateroventral carina extending more than half its length ( Figure 6F View Figure 6 ); lateral, dorsomesal and ventral carinae long, ending near coronal denticles ( Figure 6E, F View Figure 6 ); mucro slightly larger than the opposite coronal denticle ( Figure 6E, F View Figure 6 ). Last abdominal ventrite of male emarginate at middle, rounded in female. Pygidium not concealed by elytra, lateral margins slightly curved, rounded apex in male, more acuminate in female ( Figure 6B, D View Figure 6 ).

Male genitalia. Median lobe about 4.3 times longer than its width at middle, not expanded at apex; ventral valve triangular with lateral margins straight and slightly rounded at apex; hinge sclerites of median lobe short; internal sac at basal region without spicules near base of ventral valve, submedian region with dense cluster of short spicules evenly distributed, apparently forming two more sclerotized longitudinal masses; subapical region with denticles and tiny microserrate sclerites; spicules slightly larger than those of submedian region and slightly denser than at lateral lobes of internal sac ( Figure 6G View Figure 6 ). Tegmen with lateral lobes separated by deep emargination, about 0.7 times the length of lateral lobes ( Figure 6H View Figure 6 ).

Type material

Holotype and allotype deposited in DZUP, with label: “ Brasil, RJ-Teresópolis | P.N. Serra dos Órgãos | 22 / VIII / 2006 | J.H. Viana col.” “Em | Senna neglecta   | var. oligophylla   ”. One paratype deposited in MNRJ, with label: “ Brasil, RJ-Teresópolis | P.N. Serra dos Órgãos | 12 / VIII / 2007 | J.H. Viana col.” “Em | Senna neglecta   | var. oligophylla   ”. One paratype deposited in MZSP, with label: “ Brasil, RJ-Teresópolis | P.N. Serra dos Órgãos | 16 / VI / 2006 | J.H. Viana col.” “Em | Senna neglecta   | var. oligophylla     .


Brazil (Rio de Janeiro).

Host plant

Fabaceae   : Caesalpinioideae   : Senna neglecta var. oligophylla   .


Sennius ricardo   sp. nov. differs mainly by having pronotum with dense white pubescence on posterior corners and antescutellar area, as well as small tufts at base of third, fifth and sixth striae intervals of the elytron ( Figure 6A View Figure 6 ), hind femur with very prominent microserrate tooth ( Figure 6E View Figure 6 ), and hind tibia with lateroventral carina longer than half its length ( Figure 6F View Figure 6 ). In terms of the male genitalia, the hinge sclerites are short, and the internal sac has denticles and is microserrate, with tiny sclerites at the subapical region and spicules slightly larger than those of submedian region and slightly denser than those of the lateral lobes ( Figure 6G View Figure 6 ).

As in the previous species, Sennius ricardo   sp. nov. shows a pattern of male genitalia similar to that found in species of subgroup 2 of the fallax   group of Sennius   . It is similar to Sennius atripectus   by its male genitalia pattern, but in Sennius ricardo   sp. nov. the basal region has no spicules near the base of the valve (present in Sennius atripectus   ) and hinge sclerites are more curved in this species and less curved in Sennius atripectus   .


The specific name “ricardo” is in honour of Professor Ricardo Ferreira Monteiro, for his great professional and personal contribution to instructing J.H. Viana. This is a noun in apposition, gender masculine.

Final considerations

There have been only two previous papers from Brazil focusing on bruchines associated with host plants that provided identification keys and species illustrations, including male genitalia – one on the beetles hosted by Senna multijulga   and the other on Chamaecrista   species ( Ribeiro-Costa and Reynaud 1998; Silva et al. 2003). We focused on Senna neglecta   in this paper, and for the first time recorded it as a host for six species of Bruchinae   , three of them new from three associated genera. Five species belonged to Bruchini   , the largest tribe in the subfamily (with 80% of the known species); only one species belonged to Amblycerini   , also a very diverse tribe. Among the species of Bruchini   , Acanthoscelides multimaculatus   sp. nov. is allocated to the group quadridentatus   of Acanthoscelides   that now comprises 16 species. Sennius bondari   and Sennius nappi   , also of Bruchini   , were placed in the abbreviatus   group, increasing the number of species in this group to nine. Sennius margarete   sp. nov. and Sennius   . ricardo   sp. nov. were included here in the fallax   group, subgroup 2, which now has eight species.

Only one species of Acanthoscelides   and one of Amblycerus   , the richest genera of Bruchinae   , were recorded consuming S. neglecta   seeds ( Acanthoscelides multimaculatus   sp. nov. and Amblycerus hoffmanseggi   ). Sennius   had the highest number of species feeding on this host – four species; two of them are described here, resulting in a total of 59 species now assigned to this genus. A possible explanation for this high number of Sennius   species associated with Senna neglecta   is the special preference of this genus for Cassiinae   hosts, particularly Senna   . Among all of the species recorded in association with Senna neglecta   , Sennius bondari   is the most polyphagous, for it has been found associated with a total of 11 Senna   species (and even one different plant family).

The interactions between bruchines and their host plants are subject to variables such as temporal, seasonal and spatial changes, parasitism and competition, making it unlikely to find all of these seed predator species at the same time in the same place ( Romero et al. 2009). Long-term studies with many types of fruits and seeds throughout the different host plants’ reproductive cycles will be necessary to gather complete records of all host associations and to survey all the species in specific localities.