Muisca tetraspilota

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 : 622-624

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Muisca tetraspilota


Muisca tetraspilota   ( CHEVROLAT, 1876) ( Figs 34 View Figs 34-46 , 68, 96, 115, 146)

Pelonium tetraspilotum CHEVROLAT, 1876: 47. Lectotype. ♂. Here designated. Colombia, Ocaña, D. Landol (MNHN). CORPORAAL 1950: 290. Paralectotype. 1 specimen. Colombia: Departamento de Norte de Santander, Ocaña, D. Landol (MNHN). In his description Schenkling indicates that there was more than 1 specimen available to him, but he did not tag one of these to be the name barer of this nominal species. Therefore, I invoke Recommendation 73F of the ICZN (1999) and designate a lectotype.

D i a g n o s i s: Within the M. octonotata   group, two punctiform black spots are found at the center of the elytral disc in specimens of M. testaspilota and in those of M. octonotata   . However, in M. testaspilota specimens the spots are obliquely positioned across the elytral disc. In, M. octonotata   specimens the spots are aligned in a straight line.

R e d e s c r i p t i o n: Size: Length 8.5 mm; width 3.2 mm. Form: As in Fig. 146 View Figs 145-148 . Color: Predominantly light castaneous, angular dark castaneous 4 markings on elytral disc one behind humeral angle, one projecting backwards from elytral anterior margin, and 2 black spots behind middle of elytral disc. Head: Basal funicular antennomeres filiform, distal funicular antennomeres increasingly wider towards capitulum, capitulum about as long as combined length of funicular antennomeres, capitular antennomeres 9 and 10 oblong triangular ( Fig. 34 View Figs 34-46 ), antennomere 11 obovate; frons wider than width of eye (EW/FW 35/50). Thorax: Pronotum (Fig. 68) slightly oblong (PW/PL 130/140), side margin with well-developed tubercle, disc widely subglabrous at middle; elytral asetiferous punctation subseriate, they extend to elytral apical 3/4 th (EL/EW 370/120). Abdomen: Pygidium subquadrate; 6 th visible sternite faintly emarginated in posterior margin; aedeagus, phallic apex ( Fig. 115 View Figs 107-115 ) triangular.

D i s t r i b u t i o n ( Fig. 96 View Fig ): This species is known only from Colombia.