Aegidinus simulatus Colby, 2009

Colby, Julia, 2009, Monographic revision of the genus Aegidinus Arrow (1904) and generic phylogeny of the world Orphninae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Orphninae)., Insecta Mundi 2009 (76), pp. 1-41 : 32-33

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Aegidinus simulatus Colby

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Aegidinus simulatus Colby , new species

Fig. 71 View Figures 65-77 , 92

Type Material. Holotype female (property of Dave Carlson) at UNSM labeled: a) “ Ecuador Napo Pr. // Aliñahui, 21 Km E // Atahualpa , at lights // 3 April 2000 // Coll. D.C. Carlson. ” (printed, rectangular label)/ b) my holotype label.

One paratype female at MIZA labeled: a) “ Colombia // Gigante Huila // VII-1979 ” (handwritten, rectangular label)/ b) “Col. // O. Rojas” (handwritten, rectangular label) / b) my printed paratype label.

Type locality. Ecuador, Napo Province, Aliñahui.(21 km E of Atahualpa)

Description. Holotype female. Length 9.7 mm; width 5.3 mm. Color: Head, pronotum and elytra piceous. Legs and venter piceous to reddish brown. Head: Frons moderately to densely punctate, punctures moderate in size. Frontoclypeal suture present, rugopunctate; punctures moderate in size. Clypeus punctate to rugopunctate, punctures moderately dense, small to moderate in size. Anterior margin of clypeus with marginal bead. Pronotum: Surface punctate; punctures sparse to moderately dense, large, concentrated on sides. Basal margin with bead and punctures obsolete medially. Disc with small depression. Anterior margin with median boss. Elytra: Punctures of striae elongate, occasionally V-shaped at base. Striae 1-3 obsolete at base. Lateral margin adjacent to humerus with 10 setose crenulations. Genitalia: Fig. 71 View Figures 65-77 .

Paratype. One female. Length 9.2 mm; width 5.0 mm. The paratype differs from the holotype in the following respects: Elytra: Lateral margin adjacent to humerus with 9 setae or setose crenulations.

Diagnosis. This species is best distinguished using the female genitalia ( Fig. 71 View Figures 65-77 ). The inferior sclerite is as tall as the superior sclerite, and accessory sclerites are present, a combination unique to this species. Males are not known for this species.

Etymology. From the Latin “ simulatus ” meaning imitation or copy, referring to the high degree of external morphological similarity found in the females of the genus.

Distribution (Fig. 92). Colombia, Ecuador. Two specimens examined from MIZA and DCCC (housed at UNSM). COLOMBIA (1): Hulia: Gigante (1). ECUADOR (1): Napo: Ailñahui (21 km E Atahualpa) (1).

Temporal Distribution. April (1), July (1).

Natural History. Nothing is known of the natural history of this species.


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