Romanaeclerus gerstmeieri Opitz

Opitz, Weston, 2017, Classification, Natural History, and Evolution of the Orthopleurinae (Coleoptera: Cleridae). Part VI. The New Genera Coadnatus Opitz, Furcadia Opitz, and Latupusillus Opitz, One New Species of Funicula Opitz, and Four New Species of Romanaeclerus Winkler, The Coleopterists Bulletin 71 (3), pp. 421-433: 431

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Romanaeclerus gerstmeieri Opitz

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Romanaeclerus gerstmeieri Opitz   , new species ( Figs. 2 View Figs , 28 View Figs , 34 View Figs , 38 View Fig )

Type Material. Holotype: ♀. ZIMBABWE, 27. XI.2006, Masvingo Pr, Lake Mutirikwe ( Lake Kyle , 20.12S – 31.00E, P. Schüle leg ( RGCM) GoogleMaps   . Paratypes: Two specimens   . REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, Kwa Zulu-Natal , SW Magudu 27°34 ′ S- 31°35 ′ W, 4– 5.1.2009, P. Schüle leg ( WOPC, 1); KWZ Natal, Ndumo Nat. Res, 2654S 3218E, 12.12.2010, at light, 106 m, Ruth Müller ( TMSA, 1) GoogleMaps   .

Diagnosis. The members of this species are very similar to those of Romanaeclerus adustus Opitz   , but in specimens of R. gerstmeieri   the funicular antennomeres are more pronouncedly serrate.

Description. Size: Length 6.0 mm; width 2.3 mm. Form: As in Fig. 34 View Figs . Color: Black, except maxillae, labium, antennae, and abdomen testaceous. Head: Antennal capitulum well-developed ( Fig. 2 View Figs ), capitular antennomeres 9 and 10 transverse, antennomere 11 suboval, funicular antennomeres progressively more serrate; maxillary and labial terminal palpomeres digitiform; eyes much narrower than frons (EW/FW = 20/45). Thorax: Pronotum ( Fig. 28 View Figs ) transverse (PW/PL = 120/95), lateral margins evenly arcuate; asetiferous elytral punctation small and extending to elytral apex, punctation subseriate, interstitial spaces smooth and shiny; sutural margin narrows to elytral apex. Abdomen: Pygidium scutiform.

Variation. Size: Length 4.0–6.0 mm; width 1.3–2.3 mm. Except for body size, the type specimens are quite homogeneous.

Natural History. The type specimens were collected during November, December, and January; one was taken at a blacklight at 106 m.

Distribution. This species is known from Zimbabwe and the Republic of South Africa ( Fig. 38 View Fig ).

Etymology. The specific epithet gerstmeieri   is a dedicative patronymic to honor Roland Gerstmeier for his many contributions to Cleridology.


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