Akamboja tenebrae, Roza & Quintino & Mermudes & Silveira, 2017

Roza, André Silva, Quintino, Hingrid Yara Souza, Mermudes, José Ricardo Miras & Silveira, Luiz Felipe Lima Da, 2017, Akamboja gen. nov., a new genus of railroad-worm beetle endemic to the Atlantic Rainforest, with five new species (Coleoptera: Phengodidae, Mastinocerinae), Zootaxa 4306 (4), pp. 501-523: 516

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4306.4.3

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DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6025184

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/9D460D18-A294-4323-8A50-76C96D0BA53C

taxon LSID

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scientific name

Akamboja tenebrae
status

sp. nov.

Akamboja tenebrae   sp. nov. Roza, Quintino, Mermudes & Silveira

( Figs 31–35 View FIGURES 31 – 40 and 44 View FIGURES 44 – 45 )

Etymology. tenebrae   is an adjective, and means shades or darkness of the night in Latin. It is a reference to the dark coloration of the pronotum of the species compared to the others of the genus. Name in apposition.

Diagnosis. Pronotum dark brown ( Fig. 31 View FIGURES 31 – 40 ). Eyes occupying half of head width, in lateral view ( Fig. 33 View FIGURES 31 – 40 ). Vertex occupying? of head in dorsal view ( Fig. 35 View FIGURES 31 – 40 ). Apical maxillary palpomere 3.5x longer than subapical ( Fig. 33 View FIGURES 31 – 40 ). Elytron reaching the anterior margin of the second abdominal segment ( Fig. 31 View FIGURES 31 – 40 ).

Description, male.

Measurements (n=6): Total length: 3.4–4.3 mm (aver. 3.9 mm). Head length: 0.57–0.61 mm (aver. 0.58 mm). Head width: 0.55–0.61 mm (aver. 0.59 mm). Pronotum length: 0.53–0.59 mm (aver. 0.55 mm). Pronotum maximum width: 0.5–0.55 (aver. 0.52 mm). Elytron length: 1.05–1.23 mm (aver. 1.13 mm). Elytron maximum width: 0.37–0.43 mm (aver. 0.39 mm). Elytral spot length: 0.16–0.24 mm (aver. 0.2 mm).

Morphology: Eyes occupying half head width, in lateral view ( Fig. 33 View FIGURES 31 – 40 ). Lateral region of the head sparsely setose posterior to eyes ( Fig. 34 View FIGURES 31 – 40 ). Vertex occupying? of head in dorsal view ( Fig. 35 View FIGURES 31 – 40 ). Apical maxillary palpomere 3.5x longer than subapical ( Fig. 33 View FIGURES 31 – 40 ). Head as wide as long. Elytron 3x longer than wide ( Fig. 31 View FIGURES 31 – 40 ), Elytron reaching the anterior margin of the second abdominal segment ( Fig. 31 View FIGURES 31 – 40 ), apical spot occupying a fifth of the elytron ( Fig. 31 View FIGURES 31 – 40 ).

Coloration. Body overall brown to dark brown. Pronotum dark brown. Elytron almost black to dark brown, apex pale yellow. Wing venation dark brown.

Immatures and females. Unknown.

Biology and distribution. Akamboja tenebrae   sp. nov. seems to occur only on spring, although this can be an artifact due to the low number of specimens. It inhabits high altitudinal areas of Andradas, on the Serra da Mantiqueira mountain range, around 1000 m.

Remarks. This species resembles Akamboja caparaoensis   sp. nov., but can be distinguished mainly due to its smaller size and elytron (the elytron of Akamboja tenebrae   sp. nov. reaches the anterior margin of the second abdominal segment, while in Akamboja caparaoensis   sp. nov. it reaches the anterior margin of the third), head more sparsely setose behind the eyes (densely setose in Akamboja caparaoensis   sp. nov.), bigger vertex (smaller in Akamboja caparaoensis   sp. nov.) and its lower altitude occurrence (higher altitude occurrence in Akamboja caparaoensis   sp. nov.).

Type material. Holotype (male): BRAZIL. Minas Gerais: Andradas. Malaise VI, 22°04’40.3’’S, 46°35’53.7’’W, 1066 m, 1 male, 16.X.2009 ( MZSP) GoogleMaps   . Paratypes (all males): BRAZIL. Minas Gerais: Same label as holotype, 3 males ( MZSP)   ; Same label as holotype, 3 males ( DZRJ)   .

MZSP

Sao Paulo, Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Phengodidae

Genus

Akamboja