Muisca heppneri,

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

publication ID

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4004283

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4339265

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03DA3F7E-FFD6-FFAE-0CF3-B10EFCDFC2A6

treatment provided by

Valdenar

scientific name

Muisca heppneri
status

nov.sp.

Muisca heppneri  OPITZ nov.sp. ( Figs 30View 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. 142View 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. 30View 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. 112View 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.95View Figs 95): This species is known only from Panamá.

FSCA

Florida State Collection of Arthropods, The Museum of Entomology

PW

Paleontological Collections

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Cleridae

Genus

Muisca