Copelatus cordovai, Megna & Epler, 2012

Megna, Yoandri S. & Epler, John H., 2012, A review of Copelatus from Cuba, with the description of two new species (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae: Copelatinae), Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 52 (2), pp. 383-410 : 391-392

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Copelatus cordovai

sp. nov.

Copelatus cordovai View in CoL sp. nov.

( Figs. 3 View Figs , 21 View Figs , 27 View Figs , 34 View Fig )

Type locality. Cuba, Las Tunas Province, Amancio, Comunales, 20°49′59″N, 77°32′32″W, ca. 34 m a.s.l.

Type material. HOLOTYPE: J ( CZCTR): ‘CUBA: Las Tunas: Comunales, 16.i.2009, Y.S. Megna leg. 20°49′59″N, 77°32′32″W, elevation ca. 34 m [printed] GoogleMaps / Holotype, Copelatus cordovai sp. n., Megna det. 2012 [red, printed]’. PARATYPES (deposited in CZCTR if not stated otherwise): CUBA: LAS TUNAS: 4JJ 3♀♀, with same data as holotype GoogleMaps ; 1 J 2 ♀♀, ‘CUBA: Las Tunas: Sábalo, 06.viii.2005, Y.S. Megna leg. 77°13′11″W 20°43′43″N, elevation ca. 5 m’; 1 J, ‘La Curva, 16.viii.2006, Y.S. Megna leg. 77°33′21″W 20°51′29″N, elevation ca. 33 m’; 2 ♀♀, ‘Comunales, 12.i.2009, Y.S. Megna leg. 77°32′32″W 20°49′59″N, elevation ca. 34 m’. ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD: 2 JJ, ‘CUBA: Isla de la Juventud: Nueva Gerona, 20.v.2006, Y.S. Megna leg. 82°49′24″W 21°53′00″N, elevation ca. 42 m’ GoogleMaps . GRANMA: 1 J, ‘CUBA: Granma: Cauto Cristo, 12.vii.2004, L. Chávez leg. 76°28′56″W 20°33′36″N, elevation ca. 44 m’ GoogleMaps ; 1J 2♀♀, ‘Cauto Cristo, 13.vii.2004, Y.S. Megna & L. Chávez leg. 76°28′56″W 20°33′36″N, elevation ca. 44 m’; 2 ♀♀, ‘Cauto Cristo, 03.viii.2004, L. Chávez leg. 76°28′54″W 20°33′33″N, elevation ca. 44 m’; 1 J, ‘Cauto Cristo, 24.vii.2004, Y.S. Megna & L. Chávez leg. 76°29′06″W 20°33′32″N, elevation ca. 44 m’; 1 J, 1 ♀ ( NMPC), ‘ Cauto Cristo, 10.viii.2004, L. Chávez leg. 76°28′54″W 20°33′33″N, elevation ca. 44 m’ GoogleMaps ; 1 ♀, ‘ Cauto Cristo, 25.viii.2004, L. Chávez leg. 76°28′54″W 20°33′33″N, elevation ca. 44 m’. Each paratype is provided with its respective red paratype label GoogleMaps .

Description. TL 4.0– 4.5 mm; EW 1.9–2.3 mm; see Table 1 for remaining body measurements.

Color. Dorsal surface yellow to testaceous. Elytra with broad basal diffuse band extended to lateral margins in some specimens ( Fig. 3 View Figs ); venter yellowish.

Sculpture and punctation. Elytron with a submarginal and 10 discal striae ( Fig. 3 View Figs ). First three abdominal ventrites with short curved strioles.

Structure. Prosternum rounded medially, with anterior margin sinuate; prosternal process short, oval, finely margined laterally, bluntly pointed apically, flattened apically and broadly contacting anteromedial metaventral process; rounded lobes of metacoxal processes covering base of trochanters. Male protibia with two ventrobasal emarginations; metatibial spurs acute apically; metatarsomeres 1 to 4 flattened ventrally; metatarsal claws equal.

Male genitalia. Median lobe with outside margin abruptly expanded in middle part ( Figs. 21a, b View Figs ); parameres broad, inner margin with short setae over apical half ( Fig.21c View Figs ).

Sexual dimorphism. Males with pro- and mesotarsomeres 1–3 widened, with sucker-like setae. Protibia with two ventrobasal emarginations. Female protibia without ventrobasal emargination.

Diagnosis. Adults of C. cordovai sp. nov. are recognized by the combination of the following characters: elytron with a posterolateral submarginal stria and 10 discal striae ( Fig. 3 View Figs ); male protibia with two ventrobasal emarginations; median lobe with abrupt widening in middle part ( Figs. 21a,b View Figs ); parameres with short setae on inner margin ( Fig. 21c View Figs ).

Copelatus cordovai sp. nov. can be confused with the Nearctic species C. glyphicus ( Say, 1823) due to the similar pattern of 10 discal striae, but can be separated from it by the thicker median lobe (the median lobe of C. glyphicus is slender and strongly curved to the side apically).

Etymology. The specific epithet cordovai is a noun in the genitive case which honors Yunier Córdova Cóbas (Barcelona, España) for his contribution and help to the senior author’s studies on aquatic coleopterans.

Ecology. Copelatus cordovai sp. nov. was collected in lentic (permanent and temporary) habitats with abundant aquatic vegetation, muddy bottom and high water temperatures, from lowlands up to 50 m a.s.l. ( Fig. 34 View Fig )

Distribution. In Cuba, Copelatus cordovai sp. nov. is recorded from both western (Isla de la Juventud) and eastern parts of the country (Las Tunas and Granma provinces) ( Fig. 27 View Figs ).


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