Bisnius lubricus, LI & ZHOU, 2011

Li, Liang & Zhou, Hong-Zhang, 2011, Revision and phylogenetic assessment of the rove beetle genus Pseudohesperus Hayashi, with broad reference to the subtribe Philonthina (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Staphylinini), Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 163 (3), pp. 679-722 : 715-716

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Bisnius lubricus


BISNIUS LUBRICUS LI & ZHOU   SP. NOV. ( FIG. 30A–F View Figure 30 )

Type material: Holotype: ♂, China: Sichuan: Ganzi: Hailuogou (29°55′N, 102°15′E), 3000 m asl, 16.v.2009, Zhou Yulingzi collected (IZ-CAS); paratypes: 2 ♂♂, same data as holotype (IZ-CAS). GoogleMaps  

Description: Body black, shining. Elytra with strongly metallic lustre. Abdomen with strongly iridescent lustre. Mandibles, maxillary and labial palpi dark brown.

Body 7.59–8.32 mm long ( HPL: 2.37–2.45 mm). Head of rounded quadrangular shape, slightly narrowed posteriad, 1.06–1.14 mm long, 1.06 mm wide, almost as long as wide ( HW: HL = 0.93–1.00). Lateral and medial interocular punctures distant, distance separating medial punctures slightly smaller than distance separating medial punctures from lateral punctures. Tempora 0.41 mm long, almost evenly rounded, with scattered, large setiferous punctures; eyes moderately large, slightly prominent, 0.33– 0.41 mm long, 0.80–1.00 times as long as tempora. Dorsal surface of head with distinct and profound microsculpture of specialized short lines. Antennae moderately long, antennomere I very long, thickened towards apex, antennomere III distinctly longer than antennomere II, antennomeres IV–V slightly longer than wide, antennomere VI almost as long as wide, antennomeres VII–X slightly transverse, antennomere XI distinctly longer than wide, obliquely truncated.

Pronotum slightly narrowed anteriad, 1.06– 1.14 mm long, 1.06–1.14 mm wide, slightly wider than head ( PW: HW = 1.00–1.08); dorsal rows on pronotum each with four large punctures, sublateral rows each with two punctures; microsculpture fine, similar to that on head.

Elytra slightly widened posteriad, 1.47–1.63 mm long, 1.47–1.55 mm wide, along sides 1.38–1.43 times as long as pronotum, sparsely and largely punctate, punctures separated by three to five times their diameter. Scutellum large, triangular, densely and finely punctate.

Abdomen a little narrowed posteriad, widest 1.39–1.55 mm; each tergite only with a few scattered punctures, frequently almost impunctate; surface between punctures without microsculpture of transverse striae. Tergites III–VI with two basal carinae, elevated area between basal carinae almost impunctate.

Male: Sternite VIII with moderately wide, obtusely triangular medioapical emargination ( Fig. 30E View Figure 30 ). Genital segment with stylus of tergite IX simple, moderately setose apically. Sternite IX with more or less symmetrical basal portion, apex deeply emarginate ( Fig. 30D View Figure 30 ). Tergite X simple, triangular, subrounded at apex, with numerous apical setae ( Fig. 30F View Figure 30 ).

Aedeagus with median lobe narrowed into subacute apex ( Fig. 30A View Figure 30 ); in lateral view, apical portion of median lobe slightly bent dorsad (parameral side) ( Fig. 30B View Figure 30 ); paramere large, shorter than median lobe, bilobed, lobes long, narrowly separated from each other at base; face adjacent to median lobe with sensory peg setae, closely arranged along inner lateral margin of paramere ( Fig. 30C View Figure 30 ).

Female: Unknown.

Etymology: The specific epithet is derived from the Latin word lubric- (smooth), and refers to the sleek abdomen.

Distribution: At present known only from China (Sichuan).

Remarks: The new species is similar to Bisnius xuae Li & Zhou, 2010a   . Bisnius lubricus Li & Zhou   sp. nov. can be easily distinguished from B. xuae   by slightly wider head, sparser punctures on elytra and abdomen, and much larger paramere with distinctly deeper medioapical emargination.


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