Microvelia fantastika Padilla-Gil, 2019

Rodrigues, Juliana Mourão Dos Santos, Crumière, Antonin Jean Johan, Mondragón-F, Silvia Patricia, Morales, Irina, Khila, Abderrahman & Moreira, Felipe Ferraz Figueiredo, 2021, Description of a new species and new records of Gerromorpha (Insecta: Hemiptera Heteroptera) from Panama and Colombia, Zootaxa 4958 (1), pp. 226-251: 241-242

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Microvelia fantastika Padilla-Gil, 2019


Microvelia fantastika Padilla-Gil, 2019  

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New records. PANAMA • Apterous male; Colón, Gamboa , artificial pool; 9.12086° N, - 79.70374° W; 9 May 2015; A.J.J. Crumière leg.; CEIOC 79942 GoogleMaps   COLOMBIA • 1 apterous male, 2 apterous female, 1 macropterous female; Boyacá, Puerto Boyacá, Vereda Muelle Velásquez, Ciénaga de Palagua , CC2; 145 m, 6.065 N, - 74.510 W; 8 Nov 2019, S.P. Mondragón leg.; UPTC • GoogleMaps   4 apterous males, 5 apterous females, 1 macropterous male; Boyacá, Puerto Boyacá, Vereda Muelle Velásquez, Ciénaga de Palagua , CC2; 148 m, 6.066 N, -74.512; 2 W; Dic 2019, S.P. Mondragón leg.; UPTC • GoogleMaps   1 macropterous male, 2 apterous females; Boyacá, Puerto Boyacá, Vereda Muelle Velásquez, Ciénaga de Palagua , CC3; 148 m, 6.065 N, - 74.508 W, 3 Nov 2019, S.P. Mondragón leg.; UPTC GoogleMaps   .

Remarks. At first, we identified the specimens above as representatives of a new species and prepared a description. However, when we studied the recently published book by Padilla-Gil (2019a), it was possible to identify our specimens as Mi. fantastika   . It is noteworthy that the pronotum of this species was misinterpreted by the author as almost completely covering the dorsum of the thorax, except for the lateral metathoracic triangles, when it in fact it covers the mesonotum, but leaves the metanotum exposed ( Figs 36 View FIGURES 36–39 , 40, 42 View FIGURES 40–43 ). The metanotum was mistakenly interpreted as a posterior lobe of the pronotum by Padilla-Gil (2019a). This species was previously known from Cesar and Nariño departments, respectively in northern and southwestern Colombia. The new records above are the first from Boyacá Department, in the central portion of the same country, and from Panama. The specimens from Boyacá were collected in the Palagua swampy complex (ciénaga), both in the swamp itself ( Fig. 63 View FIGURE 63 ) and in two adjacent lakes (jagüeyes) ( Fig. 64 View FIGURE 64 ). The Palagua swamp is a lentic water system directly connected to the Magdalena River, whereas the lakes are artificial structures built for water storage. The samples were associated with aquatic vegetation in the lakes and with the dominant hydrophytes ( Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms   and Pistia stratiotes   L.) in the swamp.