Scolytodes unipunctatus (Blandford, 1897)

Jordal, Bjarte H. & Smith, Sarah M., 2020, Scolytodes Ferrari (Coleoptera, Scolytinae) from Ecuador: 40 new species, and a molecular phylogenetic guide to infer species differences, Zootaxa 4813 (1), pp. 1-67: 27

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Scolytodes unipunctatus (Blandford, 1897)


Scolytodes unipunctatus (Blandford, 1897)  

( Figs 37, 40, 43 View FIGURES 37–45 )

Scolytodes cylindricus (Schedl, 1978)   , synonymy by Wood, 2007.

Material examined. Holotype, female: Guatemala: Cubilguitz, Alta Verapaz [ BMNH]. Holotype of S. cylindricus   , female: Peru, Machu Picchu [ NHMW]. Other material examined as previously reported ( Jordal 1998a, 2013, 2018).

A very characteristic species which has a broad distribution from Guatemala to Bolivia, at high altitudes. Because the female has a distinct frons, it has been readily identified as this species, despite some morphological variation. There may therefore be several similar species present in previous samples of S. unipunctatus   . A new species in this complex is described below, primarily distinguished by elevated interstriae on the declivity, and much stouter body shape.


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