Pristoderus queenslandicus ( Carter & Zeck, 1937 ) Carter & Zeck, 1937

Turco, Federica, Ślipiński, Adam & Lambkin, Christine L., 2012, Taxonomic revision of Australian Pristoderus Hope (Coleoptera, Zopheridae), Zootaxa 3239, pp. 1-34 : 19-20

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Pristoderus queenslandicus ( Carter & Zeck, 1937 )

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Pristoderus queenslandicus ( Carter & Zeck, 1937) comb. n.

( Figs 2 View FIGURE 2 h, 4h, 6h, 8h)

Sparactus queenslandicus Carter & Zeck, 1937: 188 .

Types. Holotype: Australia, Qld , Yeppoon , X/24. H.J.C., K270113 [Ga: 23.117S 150.717E] ( AM) GoogleMaps

Paratype: Australia, Qld, Byfield , Yeppoon , X/24. H.J.C. [ Ga : 22.888S 150.639E] (1, ANIC). GoogleMaps

Other specimens examined. Australian Capital Territory: 35.18S 148.56E, Mt. McDonald Urlarra Rd , 12.xii.1990, Berlesate Anic 1135 litter under Xanthorrhoea australis, A. Kirejtshuk & W. Dressier (7, ANIC); GoogleMaps Mt. McDonald nr Cotter Dam, 1.iv.74, ex litter and leaves of Xanthorrhoea australis, Z. Liepa [ Ga : 35.317S 148.917E] (2, ANIC); GoogleMaps Uriarra Rd, 12.xi.73, on dying Xanthorrhoea fl., D. Thompson [ Ga : 35.283S 148.917E] (6, ANIC). GoogleMaps New South Wales : (1, ANIC); Blue Mts, Blackburn [ Ga : 33.665S 150.285E] (1, SAMA); GoogleMaps Eccleston,. iii.21, Xanthorrhoea, H.J. Carter [ Ga : 32.249S 151.485E] (2, NMV); GoogleMaps Lake Georga Ra., 35.06S 149.02E, 12 km N by W Bungendore , 15.ii.1982, on Xanthorrhoea australis, J.F. Lawrence (1, ANIC); GoogleMaps Paterson, C. Oke [ Ga : 32.597S 151.600E] (2, NMV); GoogleMaps Sydney, C. Gibbons [ Ga : 33.865S 151.210E] (1, ANIC); GoogleMaps Wild Cattle Cr. State Forest Platypus Flat, 16.xi.1982, J. Doyen [ Ga : 30.249S 152.751E] (1, ANIC). GoogleMaps

Queensland: 26.835S 151.552E, Bunya Mts. , Burton's Well , 1069m, Pyrethrum , 26 Feb 10, F. Turco, dead grasstree, wet sclerophyll, 18697 (5, QMBA; including 3 in ethanol coll.). GoogleMaps

South Australia: Deep Ck. Cons. Pk 138 St . 16' 35 St 37.5', 19-20.iii.1981, E.G. Matthews & J.A. Forrest [ Ga : 35.623S 138.272E] (2, SAMA); GoogleMaps Kangaroo Is., Xanthorrhoea, Lea [ Ga : 35.762S 137.619E] (11, SAMA); GoogleMaps Kangaroo Is., Mi.S.Mt. Taylor , D. Seton, 31.xii.1965, under gum bark 2,5 , N. McFarland [ Ga : 35.762S 137.619E] (1, SAMA); GoogleMaps Mt Lofty Rgs, S.H. Curnow [ Ga : 34.974S 138.709E] (3, SAMA); GoogleMaps Mt Painter, Finders Range , H.G. Stokes [ Ga : 30.230S 139.359E] (1, SAMA). GoogleMaps

Tasmania : A. Simson (1, SAMA); Hobart, Griffith coll. [ Ga : 42.882S 147.323E] (1, SAMA). GoogleMaps

Western Australia: 20.iv.22, H.J. Carter (1, NMV); 31.47S 116.23E, Baker's Hill, 5 mi W of Northam , 6.iv.1969, CSIRO light trap (1, ANIC); GoogleMaps Deep Dene, Karridale , 10.ii.1963, L.M. O'Halloran [ Ga : 34.201S 115.100E] (1, ANIC); GoogleMaps King George Sound [ Ga : 35.049S 117.934E] (2, ANIC); GoogleMaps Swan R. , J. Clark [ Ga : 32.055S 115.735E] (2, NMV); GoogleMaps Swan R. , Lea [ Ga : 32.055S 115.735E] (3, SAMA). GoogleMaps

Diagnosis. This species is similar to P. elongatus and P. occidentalis , but distinct from the former for the costate elytra, lacking tubercles, and supraorbital carina only slightly raised; from the latter for the supraorbital carina weakly sinuate and pronotum indistinctly sculptured with a very shallow groove along anterior edge.

Redescription. Body length: 6.8–8.9 mm.

Body flattened, elongate (ratio max length/max width: 2.81–3.09); colour dark brown, almost black; body vestiture consisting of very short, recumbent whitish setae; setae sparser and more erect on antennae, dense on club.

Head transverse; supraorbital carina raised, weakly sinuate; supra-antennal carina not raised and edge entire, not indented; eyes protruding with short, squamiform interfacetal setae; angulate protrusion between antennal insertion and eye, visible in lateral view; antennal insertion ventral, just below the edge of supra-antennal carina; antennae 11-segmented with a distinct 3-segmented club; antennomeres I–III subcylindrical; I and III about twice as long as II; IV–VIII very short and simple; IX–XI distinctly transverse to form a compact club.

Pronotum slightly transverse (pronotal length/width: 0.81–0.83), narrower than elytra, without prominent median process; margins smooth; maximum width at middle, with one angulate lobe, directed anteriorly; sculpture as in Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 h, with a shallow groove along anterior edge.

Elytra about twice as long as wide (elytral length/width: 1.91–2.09), with lateral margins straight and smooth; tubercles on elytra absent; 3rd, 5th and 7th intervals weakly costate.

Distribution and habitat occurrence. SW Western Australia, SE South Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and SE Queensland ( Fig. 10 View FIGURE 10 a); open forest.


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Pristoderus queenslandicus ( Carter & Zeck, 1937 )

Turco, Federica, Ślipiński, Adam & Lambkin, Christine L. 2012

Sparactus queenslandicus

Carter 1937: 188
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