Muisca angulicollis

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 : 609-610

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Muisca angulicollis


Muisca angulicollis   ( CHEVROLAT, 1876) ( Figs 18 View Figs 14-33 , 55, 94, 108, 135)

Pelonium angulicolle CHEVROLAT, 1876: 41. Lectotype. ♀. Here designated. Colombia, La Lucera,?-X-?, 8800 feet, Steihelli (MNHN). Chevrolat does not indicate the number of specimens upon which he based his description. To fix this species name to a primary type specimen, I invoke Recommendation 73F of the ICZN (1999) and designate a lectotype. CORPORAAL 1950: 285.

D i a g n o s i s: The members of this species resemble superficially those of M. menda   , but M. angulicollis   specimens differ in that the pronotal disc is punctate at the midline, which is not the case in M. menda   specimens.

R e d e s c r i p t i o n: Size: Length 8.0 mm; width 3.0 mm. Form: As in Fig. 135 View Figs 133-136 . Color: Castaneous, except each elytron with 3 faintly visible brown spots behind the middle of the disc. Head: Funicular antennomeres subfiliform, becoming progressively shorter and more triangular, capitulum about as long as combined length of funicular antennomeres, capitular antennomeres 9 and 10 oblong triangular ( Fig. 18 View Figs 14-33 ), antennomere 11 obovate; eyes small; frons wider than width of eye (EW/FW 25/50). Thorax: Pronotum (Fig. 55) slightly oblong (PW/PL 110/120), side margin with well-developed tubercle, disc coarsely punctate; elytral asetiferous punctation profusely distributed throughout elytral discs (EL/EW 240/100). Abdomen: Pygidium subquadrate; distal margin of 6 th visible sternite slightly concave medially; aedeagus, phallic apex as in Fig. 108. View Figs 107-115

V a r i a t i o n: Size: Length 5.5-8.0 mm; width 2.2-3.0 mm. The faintly developed elytral spots vary in expression and may be absent.

N a t u r a l h i s t o r y: Specimens were captured during January through August at altitude ranging from 1700 to 2850 m.; most were taken in a Malaise trap.

D i s t r i b u t i o n ( Fig.94 View Fig ): In addition to the lectotype, I examined 15 specimens: Colombia: Departamento de Boyaca, SFF Iguaue Cabaña , 5°25'N 73°27'W, 21-VI-6-VII-2001, P. Reina GoogleMaps   ; SFF Iguaque La Planada , 5°25'N 73°27'W, 7-I-2001 - 21-I-2001, 2850 m, Malaise, P. Reina GoogleMaps   ; SSF Iguaque , La Planada, 13-V-2000, 2850 m, Malaise, P. Reina   ; idem, 26-VI-13-VII-2000, P. Reina   ; Departamento de Magdalena, PNN, SN de Santa Marta, El Ramo , 10°48'N 73°39W, 16-31- VIII-2000, 2500 m, J. Cantillo GoogleMaps   ; idem, 22-XI-15-15-XII-2000, Malaise, J. Cantillo GoogleMaps   ; idem, 15-VI-2- VII-2001, 1700 m, J. Cantillo GoogleMaps   ; San Lorenzo , 41 km S Santa Marta, 2-V-1973, 7000 feet, Campbell & Howden   ; Departamento de Cauca, 15 miles E Silvia , 15-VII-1970, H. & A. Howden   ; Departamento de Norte de Santander, 30 km S Chinacota , 14-V-1974, 2600 m, H. & A. Howden. Specimens are deposited in CMNC, JNRC, and WOPC   .