Escalonia carolinae, Jin & Ślipiński & Keyzer & Pang, 2017

Jin, Mengjie, Ślipiński, Adam, Keyzer, Roger De & Pang, Hong, 2017, Review of Australian genera Tessaromma Newman and Phlyctaenodes Newman with description of a new genus and species (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae: Phlyctaenodini), Zootaxa 4277 (1), pp. 67-85: 82

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Escalonia carolinae

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Escalonia carolinae   sp. nov.

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Etymology. This species is dedicated to Miss Carolina Escalona   , newly born daughter of Natalie Banks and Hermes E. Escalona.

Description. Length 6.6–8.3 mm. Body slender, integument yellowish brown, with dark and light markings alternately distributed on elytra. Ventral side uniformly brown, glabrous, and feebly shiny. Head large, yellowish brown, densely punctate with short adpressed hairs; frons in front of antennal insertion convex, with a deep midcranial suture in the middle; frontoclypeal suture weakly developed; clypeus weakly concave, with sparse long setae. Mandible well-developed, turning dark at teeth apices and margins. Eyes large, expanding to the ventral side, strongly emarginate near antenna insertion, and weakly emarginate near mandible articulation. Antenna long, in both sexes extending about 3 antennomeres beyond elytral apices. Antennomeres uniformly brown, antennomere 11 slightly shorter than others. Pronotum transverse, uniformly brown, weakly constricted in front, with projections on lateral side; disc densely punctate, glabrous, and flat. Scutellum with dark margins, truncate apically. Elytra with random relatively long bristles, bearing two light brown, parallel raised costae on basal two thirds of disc; coarsely and deeply punctate at the base, yellowish brown as the pronotum, but with dark and light markings alternately distributed. Legs strong, unicolor, meso- and metafemur each with very obvious tooth on the ventral side.

Types. Holotype: ♀, Queensland: “ Aerodrome Rd. , 4m W. Cooktown, N.Q., 21.1.71, J.G. & J.A. Brooks ” ( ANIC)   . Paratype, same data as the holotype ( ANIC). Originally both specimens were collected at light and mounted on a single card with locality information underneath.  

Remarks. This species differs from the E. loxleyae (McKeown)   and E. surprise   sp. nov by having a uniformly darker pronotum and elytra, and the different pattern of raised costae on the elytral disc. Distribution. Known only from northern Queensland.


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