Brachiacantha lepida Mulsant, 1850

Nestor-Arriola, Jorge Ismael, Toledo-Hernandez, Victor Hugo, Solis, Angel, Gonzalez, Guillermo & Vetrovec, Jaroslav, 2021, The Brachiacantha Dejean, 1837 (Coleoptera, Coccinellidae) of Central America, ZooKeys 1024, pp. 157-196 : 157

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https://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1024.56927

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scientific name

Brachiacantha lepida Mulsant
status

 

Brachiacantha lepida Mulsant Figures 1 View Figures 1–4 , 2 View Figures 1–4

Brachyacantha lepida Mulsant, 1850: 523. Crotch 1873: 378. Crotch 1874: 210. Gorham 1894: 185. Leng 1911: 324. Leng 1920: 212. Korschefsky 1931: 205.

Brachyacantha duodecimguttata Leng, 1911: 289. Syn. nov.

Brachyacantha guttata Brachyacantha 12- Brachyacantha guttata : Leng 1911: 294. Syn. nov.

Brachiacantha lepida : Gordon 1985: 599.

Material examined.

271 specimens from Belize: Orange Walk; Costa Rica: Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia, Guanacaste, Limón, San José and Puntarenas; Guatemala: Chimaltenango, El Quiche, Guatemala City, Huehuetenango, Suchitepequez and Totonicapan; Honduras: Atlantida; Panamá: Chiriqui ( CEAM, CNIN, FSCA, USNMNH, OUMNH, MNCR, MUCR, MZCR) .

Diagnosis.

Length 2.3-3.7 mm, width 1.8-2.8 mm. Oval body. Dorsally pale yellow to pinkish orange except pronotum with a multilobed basal macula; each elytron with 4 black spots, one spot in a sub-humeral position, another in the second half of the elytron, a discal spot on the elytral suture, and a subapical spot on the elytral suture (Figs 1 View Figures 1–4 , 2 View Figures 1–4 ). Ventral color dark brown to light brown. Males with the ventrites V and VI slightly emarginated, not depressed. Male genitalia asymmetrical. Protibia flanged.

Distribution.

From southern USA to Panamá.

Discussion.

The small size and coloration are usually enough to distinguish this species from other species of the genus. Some specimens from Guatemala display the darker dorsal coloration that was previously described by Leng (1911) as the species B. duodecimguttata . The holotype of B. duodecimguttata is a female; the genitalia of male specimens with morphology similar to that described by Leng (1911) were dissected and no differences were found from that of B. lepida . Therefore, B. duodecimguttata should be considered a junior synonym of B. lepida .

CEAM

Centro de Entomologica y Acarologia

CNIN

Coleccion Nacional de Insectos, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

FSCA

Florida State Collection of Arthropods, The Museum of Entomology

MNCR

Museo Nacional de Costa Rica

MUCR

Museo de Insectos

MZCR

Museo de Zoologia

V

Royal British Columbia Museum - Herbarium

VI

Mykotektet, National Veterinary Institute

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Coccinellidae

Genus

Brachiacantha

Loc

Brachiacantha lepida Mulsant

Nestor-Arriola, Jorge Ismael, Toledo-Hernandez, Victor Hugo, Solis, Angel, Gonzalez, Guillermo & Vetrovec, Jaroslav 2021
2021
Loc

Brachiacantha lepida

Mulsant 1850
1850
Loc

Brachyacantha lepida

Dejean 1835
1835
Loc

Brachyacantha duodecimguttata

Dejean 1835
1835
Loc

Brachyacantha guttata

Dejean 1835
1835
Loc

Brachyacantha

Dejean 1835
1835
Loc

Brachyacantha guttata

Dejean 1835
1835