Baconia obsoleta, Caterino, Michael S. & Tishechkin, Alexey K., 2013

Caterino, Michael S. & Tishechkin, Alexey K., 2013, A systematic revision of Baconia Lewis (Coleoptera, Histeridae, Exosternini), ZooKeys 343, pp. 1-297: 103-104

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Baconia obsoleta

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Baconia obsoleta   sp. n. Figs 28E29 M–RMap 7

Type locality.

BRAZIL: Santa Catarina: Nova Teutonia [27.18°S, 52.38°W].

Type material.

Holotype male: “BRÉSIL X-77 Santa Catarina Nova Teutonia F. Plaumann" / "Caterino/Tishechkin Exosternini Voucher EXO-00651" (FMNH). Paratype (1): same data as type but collected xii.1969 (FMNH).

Diagnostic description.

Length: 2.2-2.3mm, width: 2.0-2.1mm; body ovoid, convex, glabrous; piceous, shining; frons weakly elevated over antennal bases, depressed in middle, interocular margins convergent dorsad, frontal disk with few coarse punctures in median depression and few across vertex, frontal stria present along inner edges of eyes, just bent mediad at sides, otherwise absent across middle; supraorbital stria absent; antennal scape short, club broadly rounded, subtruncate apically; epistoma convex across apex, apical margin straight; labrum with distal edge weakly carinate, emarginate; mandibles rather short, stout, each with basal tooth; pronotal sides convergent from base, more strongly arcuate to apices, lateral marginal striae continuous around sides and front, submarginal stria absent; pronotal disk with anterior corners depressed, with series of large, coarse punctures along posterior margin, smaller punctures present in lateral thirds, only fine ground punctures present at middle; elytra with two complete epipleural striae and fragments of an additional one further laterad, outer subhumeral stria absent, inner sub humeral stria present as short basal fragment, dorsal striae 1-2 more or less complete, 3rd stria present in basal half, 4th and 5th striae absent, sutural stria present for short distance at middle, obsolete in basal and apical thirds, elytral disk with small, sparse punctures in apical third; prosternal keel weakly convex, emarginate at base, carinal striae subparallel basally, diverging anterad, complete, free; prosternal lobe short, about one-half keel length, apical margin rounded, marginal stria well impressed at middle, obsolete at sides; mesoventrite produced at middle, marginal stria complete; mesometaventral stria sightly arched forward at middle, crenulate, slightly detached from inner lateral metaventral stria (at least in types), which curves obliquely posterolaterad toward middle of hind coxa, outer lateral metaventral stria subparallel, about half as long as inner; metaventral disk impunctate at middle; abdominal ventrite 1 with inner lateral stria present in basal half only, outer lateral stria absent, disk with few punctures across middle of posterior margin; protibiae 4-dentate, outer margin finely serrulate between spines; mesotibia with one marginal spine; outer metatibial margin smooth; propygidium lacking basal stria, with coarse secondary punctures separated by slightly more than their diameters in basal half, smaller and much sparser posterad, propygidial glands inconspicuous; pygidium with fine ground punctation very sparsely interspersed with small secondary punctures, predominantly along basal margin. Male genitalia (Figs 29 M–R): T8 shorter than broad, widest at middle, sides outwardly arcuate, basal emargination appearing weakly triangulate, basal rim well-sclerotized, apex shallowly, acutely emarginate, ventrolateral apodemes projecting very weakly beneath, extending nearly halfway along length, but inner apices widely separated; S8 divided, slightly longer than T8, inner margins rather well separated in basal fourth, divergent apically, outer margins weakly rounded, convergent, apical guides most strongly developed at their bases, narrowed strongly to apices, apical velar membrane absent, apex lacking conspicuous setae; T9 with basal apodemes rather thin, about one-third total length, T9 apices narrowly rounded, glabrous, ventrolateral apodemes weakly projecting beneath; S9 rather broad, sides subparallel in basal half, base rounded, apex gradually expanded, apical emargination broadly, shallowly emarginate, broadly desclerotized along midline, moreso in apical half; tegmen with sides subparallel, weakly narrowed in apical third, tegmen more or less straight in lateral aspect, weakly curved ventrad in apical fifth; median lobe broad, almost one-half tegmen length; basal piece short, about one-fourth tegmen length.


This species is strongly convex, with the pronotal disk narrowed rapidly from base, and pronotal punctures relatively widespread (Fig. 28E). Like Baconia crassa   and Baconia turgifrons   , this species completely lacks the 4th and 5th elytral striae, but Baconia obsoleta   does not have the peculiar epistomal modifications of either of these species.


This species’ name refers to the extensively effaced elytral striae.