Plumolepilius zarazagai Barrios-Izás, 2020

Barrios-Izás, Manuel A., 2020, Taxonomy of the weevil genus Plumolepilius Barrios-Izás & Anderson (Coleoptera Curculionidae: Molytinae: Conotrachelini): new species from Central America, Zootaxa 4768 (2), pp. 151-192 : 188-192

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Plumolepilius zarazagai Barrios-Izás

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Plumolepilius zarazagai Barrios-Izás , new species

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Diagnosis: Male. Length (1.75–2.06 mm). Width (1.12–1.44 mm). As for P. morronei but antenna brown with yellow funicle. Pronotum subquadrate, annulated anteriorly, not widened laterally at middle, punctures not as deep and wide, medial vittae absent or incomplete, lateral vittae complete or incomplete. Femora unarmed. Aedeagus subpararell, curved in lateral view, anterior border triangular, small setae at apex, temones 2.64X than pedon, first genital sclerite u-shaped, second genital sclerite sting-shaped laying on a plate.

Female. Length (1.75–1.88 mm). Width (1.06–1.31 mm). As for the male except body globose, elytral humeri almost rounded, tubercles smaller, rostral scales not reaching antennal insertions.

Geographic Distribution. Honduras (Lempira).

Derivation of the specific name. Patronym, named after Miguel Ángel Alonso Zarazaga, a weevil entomologist at Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Spain.

Material examined: 9♂♂, 6♀♀ ( ASUCOB, CMNC). Holotype ♂ ( CMNC): HONDURAS: Lempira Dept. P. N. Celaque, nr. Gracias Campamiento Naranjo, 2500m, N 14°32.7’ W 88°39.7’, 12-13.V.2002, R. Anderson, cloud forest litter, 2002-20 / Holotype ♂ Plumolepilius zarazagai Barrios-Izás sp. nov. Aedeagus extracted. Paratypes: same data as holotype (7♂♂ 4♀♀, CMNC, 1♂ 1♀, ASUCOB). HONDURAS: Lempira, P. N. Celaque, 8.7km SW Gracias, 2100m, 14.55877°N 88.66117°W, 30 Sept 2008, M.G. Branstetter, pine/oak/cloud forest, MGB-1109 (1♀, CMNC).

(yellow circles), P. canoi (brown circles), P. genieri (blue circles), P. guaimacaensis (red square), P. maesi (brown square), P. molinai (green square), P. monzoni (white triangle), P. morronei (red triangle), P. nelsoni (yellow triangle), P. solisi (red crosses) and P. zarazagai (green triangle).


Thanks to the Posgrado en Ciencias Biológicas from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. I am very grate- ful to Juan Jose Morrone from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Robert S. Anderson the Canadian Museum of Nature for their revisions, recommendation and support during the completion of this paper. To Santiago Zaragoza from the Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Sergio Melgar from Universi- dad de San Carlos de Guatemala and Jack Schuster from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala for their advisory help. To Roxana Acosta and Fabiola Corona from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Gene Hall and Wendy Moore from the University of Arizona, Tucson for hosting me at their labs during the different phases of this study. To François Génier (Collection Manager at Insect Collection of the Canadian Museum of Nature) and Susana Guzmán (photography technician, Instituto de Biología of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), for their assistance with digital imagery. To Carlos Vargas Gálvez, Axel Popol Oliva and Carlos Alvarado Cerezo from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala and to Ángel Cordón from Universidad Rafael Landívar for their support during the completion of this paper. I also appreciate the financial support of Ernst Mayr Grants from the Museum of Comparative Zoology of Harvard University during my visit to the Canadian Museum of Nature and The Rufford Foundation for their financial support for field collecting trips in Guatemala.


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