Muisca dozieri, 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: 603-604

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Muisca dozieri


Muisca dozieri   OPITZ nov.sp. ( Figs 25 View Figs 14-33 , 50, 101, 93, 128)

Holotype: ♂. BOLIVIA: Santa Cruz, 3.7 km SSE Buena Vista, Hotel Flora & Fauna , 405 m, 5-15- XI-2001, 17°29.949'S 63°33.152'W, M. C. Thomas & B. K. Dozier, tropical transitional forest ( MNKM). GoogleMaps  

Paratypes: 15 specimens. Bolivia: Departamento de Santa Cruz, Buena Vista, Hotel Flora & Fauna , 22-31-X-2002, Wappes & Morris ( ACMT, 1; WOPC, 1)   ; 4-6 km SSE Buena Vista, Hotel Flora & Fauna , 17°29'S 63°39'W, 26-27-X-2014, 300- 400 feet, J. E. Wappes ( ACMT, 1) GoogleMaps   ; idem, 17-20-X-2000, R. Morris ( RFMC, 1) GoogleMaps   ; Potrerillo del Guenda, Snake Farm , 17°40'S 63°27'W, 21-24-X-2011, 370- 400 m, Wappes & Skillman ( ACMT, 1) GoogleMaps   ; idem, Reserva Natural Aka , 13-17-X-2014, Wappes & Morris ( WOPC, 1) GoogleMaps   ; Andres Ibañes Prov., Potrerillo del Guenda, 17°40'S 63°20'W, 6-8-XII-2011, Wappes, Lingafelter, Morris, & Woodley ( ACMT, 1). Brazil: Estado do Mato Grosso, Dimantino , Fazenda Rio Arinos ,?- X-1983, Eurides Furtado ( JMLC, 1; WOPC, 1) GoogleMaps   ; Mato Grosso,?-?-1886, P. Germain ( MNHN, 1; WOPC, 1)   ; Estado do Rio de Janeiro,?-XI-? ( CMNH, 1)   ; Estado do Bahia, Chapada ,?-X-?, collector not noted ( CMNH, 1)   ; Estado do Rio Grande do Sul, Taquara ,?-X-?, collector not noted ( CMNH, 1; WOPC, 1)   .

D i a g n o s i s: The members of this species resemble superficially those of M. apicalis   , but M. dozieri   specimens differ in that the white marking at the elytral apex is not sharply defined, which is the case in M. apicalis   specimens.

D e s c r i p t i o n: Size: Length 6.5 mm; width 2.0 mm. Form: As in Fig. 128 View Figs 125-128 . Color: Mostly castaneous, antenna, legs, and abdomen testaceous; forebody dark castaneous; elytral disc light castaneous, except yellow angular marking near apex. Head: Funicular antennomeres subfiliform, progressively more triangular, 5 th funicular antennomere expanded, capitulum about twice as long as combined length of funicular antennomeres, capitular antennomeres 9 and 10 very long-triangular, anterior angles subacute ( Fig. 25 View Figs 14-33 ), antennomere 11 narrow elongate; frons narrower than width of eye ( EW /FW 32/22). Thorax: Pronotum (Fig. 50) elongate ( PW /PL 75/95), side margin with very shallow tubercle, disc narrowly subglabrous at middle; elytra flared in posterior 1/2, elytral asetiferous punctation striate to distal 4/5 th ( EL /EW 225/75). Abdomen: Distal margin of male 6 th visible sternite slightly concave; aedeagus, phallic apex as in Fig. 101. View Figs 98-106

V a r i a t i o n: Size: Length 4.5- 6.5.0 mm; width 1.8- 2.0 mm. Other than body size, the available specimens are quite homogeneous.

N a t u r a l h i s t o r y: Specimens were collected from October through December, some at altitudes that range from 91 to 122 m.

E t y m o l o g y: This species is dedicated to Byrd K. Dozier for his dedication to field coleopterology.

D i s t r i b u t i o n ( Fig. 93 View Fig ): This species is known from Bolivia and Brazil.


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