Cyrea vanessa Canepari and Gordon

Canepari, Claudio, Gordon, Robert D. & Hanley, Guy A., 2016, South American Coccinellidae (Coleoptera), Part XVII: Systematic revision of the genera Cyrea Gordon and Canepari and Tiphysa Mulsant (Hyperaspidinae: Brachiacanthini), Insecta Mundi 2016 (486), pp. 1-180: 99-100

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Cyrea vanessa Canepari and Gordon

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86. Cyrea vanessa Canepari and Gordon   , new species

Description. Male holotype. Length 1.8 mm, width 1.4 mm; body elongate oval, convex. Dorsal surface with head alutaceous, dull, pronotum and elytron smooth, shiny. Color yellow except pronotum with large, dark brown basomedian spot extended more than 1/2 distance to anterior pronotal border, apex of dark brown area narrowly incised with yellow; elytron black with 5 small yellow spots, humeral spot triangular, median lateral spot narrowly elongate, projected inward, discal spot irregularly round, apical spot transversely oval, anterior border of apical spot emarginate ( Fig. 475 View Figures 470-486 ); ventral surface with head, prosternum, meso- and metaventrites black; abdomen brown, paler toward lateral margin. Head punctures small, separated by a diameter or slightly more, each puncture about as large as an eye facet; pronotal punctures larger than head punctures, separated by less than to twice a diameter, elytral punctures larger than on pronotum, separated by less than to twice a diameter; metaventral punctures smaller than on elytron medially, separated by 1 to 3 times a diameter, becoming larger and separated by a diameter or less toward lateral margin. Clypeus weakly emarginate apically, lateral angle rounded, surface with sparse, long pubescence. Eye canthus about 6 eye facets long, angled forward, apically rounded, yellow. Pronotum narrowed from base to apex, basal and anterior angles abrupt, lateral margin straight, basal margin without trace of bordering line medially. Epipleuron narrow, feebly grooved, not descending externally, deeply emarginate for reception of femoral apices. Protibia without angle, basal tooth absent, sponda slightly extended beyond protibial margin. Carinae on prosternal process narrowly separated at apex, convergent toward base, joined at basal 1/5 of prosternum. Metaventrite without setal tuft. Basal abdominal ventrite without setal tuft. Abdomen with postcoxal line on basal abdominal ventrite slightly flattened medially, rounded elsewhere, extended forward at apex, ventrite with sparse, short pubescence and coarse, sparse punctures; ventrites 2-6 pubescent throughout, punctures fine, dense; 5th ventrite depressed in median 1/3, apex shallowly emarginate; 6th ventrite medially depressed, apex slightly projecting medially. Apical tergite finely, densely punctured, apex emarginate. Genitalia with basal lobe slightly more than 1/2 as long as paramere, slightly asymmetrical, sides smoothly rounded and slightly convergent from base to nearly acute apex; paramere Psc, wide, same width from base to apex, apex rounded ( Fig. 476, 477 View Figures 470-486 ); sipho robust, strongly curved in basal 1/2, with visible alae in apical 1/10, basal capsule distinctly sclerotized, inner arm short, narrow, apex bifid, outer arm slender, longer and narrower than inner arm, with accessory piece, basal border shallowly emarginate ( Fig. 478, 479 View Figures 470-486 ).

Female. Similar to male except head black, pronotum with broad median area black macula from base to apex. Genitalia with spermathecal capsule long, slender, basal 1/4 widened, apex of cornu bulbous; bursal cap rectangular, with 3 arms, apical strut very large, long, apical 5/6 paddle shaped ( Fig. 480 View Figures 470-486 ).

Variation. Length 1.7 to 2.1 mm, width 1.4 to 1.5 mm.

Type material. Holotype male; Colombia, Cundinamarca, Monterredondo , 1400 m, 15.4, leg. Schneble. ( USNM)   . Paratypes; 2, 1, Colombia, Cund (Cundinamarca), La Union, 1900m, June 28, 1938, Murillo No 5065 ( USNM)   ; 1, Colombia, Cnd (Cundinamarca), La Union, alt. 1900 m., 29-VI-‘39 ( USNM)   .

Geographical distribution. Colombia.

Remarks. Cyrea vanessa   is relatively distinctive within the tessulata group because of its small size, dorsal color pattern, short basal lobe of the male genitalia, and Colombian type locality.


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