Ogmocerodes navigator

Giulio Cuccodoro & Zi-Wei Yin, 2015, A new species of Goniacerini from Cameroon (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae), Revue suisse de Zoologie 122 (2), pp. 415-421 : 416-421

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Ogmocerodes navigator


Ogmocerodes navigator Cuccodoro & Zi-Wei Yin,

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Holotype: Cameroon; ♂, labeled ‘ Cameroon, Centre Region, 100 m SW of Ebogo Tourist Center <3 ° 24 ’00.0”N; 11 ° 28 ’00.0”E> 04.IX. 2014, alt. 650 m, leg. G. Cuccodoro, # 8 sifting leaf litter in wooden canoe abandoned in flood forest on the left shore of Nyong River’ (in MHNG; accession number MHNG ENTO 00008839 ) GoogleMaps .

Paratypes: 5 ♂♂, 2 ♀♀, same label data as the holotype (in MHNG; accession numbers MHNG ENTO 00008840–00008846 ) GoogleMaps .

Differential diagnosis: Ogmocerodes navigator sp. n. shares markedly punctate pronotal disc with O. raffrayi Brauns, 1915 , but the latter species lacks femoral spines in the male. The only other congener to possess metafemoral spines in the male is O. hustaerti Jeannel, 1949 b, but it has no mesofemoral spines. The conformation of the antennal modification, and the shape of the aedeagus are also diagnostic.

Description: Male ( Fig. 1). Length 4.41-4.79 mm. Head longer than wide, HL 1.00- 1.09 mm, HW 0.80- 0.83 mm, regularly punctate and setose on dorsal surface, with low, short frontal rostrum. Antennal tubercles slightly prominent and close, divided by a short, deep frontal sulcus; lacking frontal fovea, with deep, setose vertexal foveae ( Fig. 2 A); lacking postantennal notches at lateral margins; small areas just posterior to antennal tubercles glabrous, lacking setae and punctation; antennae ( Fig. 4 B) with eleven antennomeres, clubs formed by enlarged antennomeres VII-XI; scapes about as long as antennomeres II-VIII combined, distinctly sinuate near base, antennomeres II-VI each transverse, successively larger, antennomeres VII and VIII ( Fig. 4 C) strongly modified, each greatly enlarged and strongly concave at anteromedial margin of VII and posteromedial margin of VIII, antennomeres IX and X each transverse, narrowed at apex, XI as long as IX and X combined, with truncate base and round apex; reniform eyes each composed of about holotype male. Scale: 1.0 mm.

200 small facets; ocular-mandibular carinae ( Fig. 2 B) present; maxillary palpi with palpomere I short, II elongate, narrowed at base and widest at truncate apex, III transversely triangular, IV largest, ovoidal, with small palpal cone at apex; gula ( Fig. 2 C) considerably depressed posteromedially, indistinct gular sulcus present, each gular fovea has two openings, posterior pair of openings larger than anterior pair.

Pronotum ( Fig. 2 D) about as long as wide, PL 0.85- 0.91 mm, PW 0.85-0.90 mm, with slightly constricted base, regularly round margins at middle, apex constricted to form apical collar; deep antebasal sulcus connecting lateral antebasal foveae, sulcus interrupted by short longitudinal basomedian carina, with short, shallow sulcus anterior to carina; punctation and setation of pronotal disc similar to that of head. Prosternite ( Fig. 2 E) with two pairs of lateral procoxal foveae; lacking paranotal sulci or carinae.

Elytra ( Fig. 2 F) wider than long, EL 1.15-1.29 mm, EW 1.56-1.70 mm, disc more sparsely and finely punctate than pronotum, covered with recumbent setae; each elytron with two large, nude basal foveae; lacking subbasal fovea; sutural stria entire; discal stria extending to apical 4 / 5 of elytral length; lacking subhumeral foveae and marginal sulci. Mesoventrite ( Fig. 3 A) with single, large median mesoventral fovea, large lateral mesoventral foveae not forked; lateral mesocoxal foveae deep. Metaventrite ( Fig. 3 A) with large median fovea slightly forked inwards; with distinct projections ( Fig. 4 D); posterior margin convex medially.

Legs roughly punctate, densely setose; meso- ( Fig. 4 F) and metafemora ( Fig. 4 G) each spinose at their ventral margin near apex; third tarsomeres longer than second tarsomeres, protarsomeres II ( Fig. 4 E) acutely lobed, extending beneath III; with single tarsal claws, and one transparent bristle-like seta.

Abdomen ( Fig. 3 B-D) stout, AL 1.41-1.50 mm, AW 1.57- 1.66 mm, coarsely punctate, regularly setose; tergite IV (first visible tergite, Fig. 3 C) slightly longer than V, lateral margins sulcate, with broad basal impression, lacking mediobasal foveae, with one large and one tiny pair of basolateral foveae in large sockets at lateral margins of impression, lacking discal carinae; tergite V as long as VI, VII much shorter than previous tergite, tergites V-VII each with basal sulcus and one pair of basolateral foveae, and with sulcate lateral margins, tergite VIII roundly triangular, lacking fovea; paratergites accompanying tergites IV-VII ( Fig. 3 C). Sternite IV (second visible sternite, Fig. 3 D) longest, with wide, densely setose basal sulcus, with three pairs of basolateral foveae, lateral pair smaller than mesal two pairs; sternites V-VII each with setose basal sulcus and two pairs of basolateral foveae, sternite VIII strongly transverse, lacking fovea, with broadly concaved posterior margin, sternite IX membranous, composed of lateral pair of triangular sclerites and one oval, elongate median plate.

Aedeagus ( Fig. 4 H, I) stout, length 0.51 mm, with symmetric median lobe and parameres, with large ovoidal dorsal diaphragm opening; anterior margin of median lobe ( Fig. 4 J) with membranous, finely setose fringe; parameres ( Fig. 4 H, I) each with rows of sparse setae from near base to apex, apex ( Fig. 4 K) with two large setae.

Female.Similartomaleingeneralappearance, withsimple antennomeres VII-VIII ( Fig. 4 A), protarsi, and meso- and metafemora, and metaventrite lacking projections; each eye with about 180 facets. Measurements: BL 4.41- 4.51 mm, HL 0.96-0.99 mm, HW 0.77-0.78 mm, PL 0.84-0.87 mm, PW 0.84-0.85 mm, EL 1.18-1.23 mm, EW 1.55-1.59 mm, AL 1.40-1.45 mm, AW 1.57-1.64 mm.

Habitat: The type series was collected at an elevation of 650 m just before the main rainy season, from sifted leaf litter accumulated in an old wooden canoe abandoned in a flood forest some twenty meters from the waters of the Nyong River ( Fig. 5).

Distribution: The new species is known only from the type locality in central Cameroon approximately 10 km southeast of the city of Mbalmayo.

Etymology: The epithet “ navigator ” means “sailor” in Latin, remembering that the type series was collected in a canoe.


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