Ectateus curtulus (Fairmaire, 1893)

Kaminski, Marcin Jan, 2014, A cladistically based reinterpretation of the taxonomy of two Afrotropical tenebrionid genera Ectateus Koch, 1956 and Selinus Mulsant & Rey, 1853 (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae, Platynotina), ZooKeys 415, pp. 81-132 : 92-93

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Ectateus curtulus (Fairmaire, 1893)


Ectateus curtulus (Fairmaire, 1893) Fig. 47

Selinus curtulus Fairmaire, 1893: 143. - Gebien 1910: 277, 1938: 297.

Ectateus curtulus (Fairmaire, 1893). - Koch 1956; Iwan 2002a: 67, 2002b: 265.

Studied material.

Holotype (Fig. 47), female (MNHN): „l’Oubanghi”.


Habitus as in Fig. 47. Body length ca. 12.5 mm. Elytra wider and longer than pronotum (width ratio elytra / pronotum ca. 1.2; length ratio elytra / the middle of pronotum ca. 2.6).

Dorsal side of head dull, with punctures (the intervals between the punctures are smaller than the diameter of the puncture). Frontoclypeal suture coarse. Clypeal emargination relatively deep (clypeal emargination width / depth ratio ca. 8.1). Mentum with median part wide. Submentum with short base. 3rd antennomere relatively long (length ratio of antennomere 3rd / 2nd ca. 3.0).

Pronotal disc transverse (middle of pronotum length / width ratio ca. 0.5); dull, with coarse punctures (the intervals between the punctures are smaller than the diameter of the puncture). Anterior pronotal angles sharp and protruding outwards. Lateral margins of pronotal disc rounded. Apophyseal and basal depressions on pronotal disc present; apophyseal depressions rounded. Pronotal hypomera dull, without punctures.

Elytra oblong (elytra length / width ratio ca. 1.2). Elytral striae with conspicuous punctures; intervals non-convex, with transverse sculpture and conspicuous punctuation (2 diameters apart). Elytral base slightly rounded. Elytral humeri rounded, not protruding laterad. Wings absent. Scutellum triangular; situated in a depression.

Intercoxal process protruding towards mesoventrite, peaked at the apex, slightly saddle-like. Metaventrite reduced (length ratio cavity of hind coxa / metaventrite be tween the insertions of mid and hind coxae ca. 2). In both sexes abdominal process without tubercles; relatively narrow (process of 1st abdominal ventrite / process of metaventrite ca. 2.1). 5th abdominal ventrite without bordering; punctures fine (the intervals between the punctures are greater than the 2 diameters of the puncture).

Female legs simple.

Female genitalia. Paraproct equal to coxites. Bursa copulatrix without sclerites. Spermatheca unknown.


The only known specimen was collected in the Oubanghi (Central Africa). Because of the general character of the geographical reference it can not be translated into ecoregions.