Muisca heppneri, Opitz, Pitz Pinola Weston, 2018

Opitz, Pitz Pinola Weston, 2018, Classification, Natural History, and Evolution of the Subfamily Peloniinae O (Coleoptera: Cleroidea: Cleridae). Part IX. Taxonomic revision of the New World genus Muisca S, Linzer biologische Beiträge 50 (1), pp. 587-653 : 618

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Muisca heppneri


Muisca heppneri OPITZ nov.sp. ( Figs 30 View Figs 14-33 , 60, 95, 112, 142)

Holotype: ♀. PANAMÁ: Pmá. Prov. , Cerro Campana, 820 m, 8°40'N, 79°56'W. A second label reads: 5 Sept. ’77, H. P. Stockwell ( FSCA) GoogleMaps . Paratypes: 19 specimens. Costa Rica: Provincia de Guanacaste, 9 km S Santa Ceciliam Parque Nacional Guanacaste, 24-VIII-1992, P Rios ( WOPC, 1). Panamá: Provincia de Veragua , Santa Fe , Alto Piedra , 11-16-VI- 2010, 850 m, J. B. Heppner ( FSCA, 1) ; Provincia de Panamá, Cerro Campana , 8°40'N, 79°56'W, 850 m, 2-IX-1972, H. Stockwell ( WOPC, 2) GoogleMaps ; idem, 5-IX-1977, H. P Stockwell ( WOPC, 1) GoogleMaps ; idem, 18-VII-1970, H. P. Stockwell ( WOPC, 1) GoogleMaps ; idem, 13-V-1978, 2700', C. W. & L. B. O’Brien & Marshall ( WOPC, 5) GoogleMaps ; idem, 18-VI-1976, W. E. Clark ( WOPC, 5) GoogleMaps ; idem, 16-VII-1976, W. Clark ( WOPC, 1) GoogleMaps ; idem, 6-V- 1973, 454 m, O’Brien & Marshall ( WOPC,1) GoogleMaps ; idem, 29-VI- 1974, L. & C. O’Brien, Marshall, & H. Stockwell ( WOPC, 1) GoogleMaps .

D i a g n o s i s: Muisca heppneri specimens may be distinguished from those of its sister species, M. lateripunctata , by coloration near the elytral humeral angle. In M. heppneri specimens there are 2 distinct black maculae near the humeral angle. In M. lateripunctata specimens the humeral region is marked by 1 irregularly-shaped brown macula.

D e s c r i p t i o n: Size: Length 6.0 mm; width 2.5 mm. Form: As in Fig. 142 View Figs 141-144 . Color: Light castaneous, except each elytron with 2 black spots near the humeral angle and a black angular fascia at middle of disc. Head: Funicular antennomeres filiform, capitulum about as long as combined length of funicular antennomeres, capitular antennomeres 9 and 10 oblong triangular ( Fig. 30 View Figs 14-33 ), antennomere 11 obovate; frons wider than width of eye ( EW /FW 30/35). Thorax: Pronotum (Fig. 60) oblong ( PW /PL 95/115), side margin with well-developed tubercle, disc subglabrous at middle; elytral asetiferous punctation striate to distal 2/3 rd ( EL /EW 280/90). Abdomen: Pygidium subquadrate, posterior margin slightly concave; distal margin of 6 th visible sternite broadly concave; aedeagus phallobase wide in basal half, tapered to lobe apices, phallic apex ( Fig. 112 View Figs 107-115 ) triangular.

V a r i a t i o n: Size: Length 5.0- 8.5 mm; width 1.5-3.0 mm. Other than body size the available beetles are quite similar in appearance.

N a t u r a l h i s t o r y: Specimens were collected during May through September at altitudes ranging from 800 to 850 m; most were taken with a beating sheet.

E t y m o l o g y: The specific epithet, heppneri, is a dedicative patronymic. It honors John B. Heppner for his many contributions to taxonomic entomology, among which is his dedication to field taxonomy.

D i s t r i b u t i o n ( Fig.95 View Figs 95 ): This species is known only from Panamá.


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