Namylabris adamantifera Bologna, 2018

Bologna, Marco A., Amore, Valentina & Pitzalis, Monica, 2018, Meloidae of Namibia (Coleoptera): taxonomy and faunistics with biogeographic and ecological notes, Zootaxa 4373 (1), pp. 1-141 : 46

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Namylabris adamantifera Bologna

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Namylabris adamantifera Bologna sp. n. ( Fig. 2Y View FIGURE 2 )

Types. Holotype female, 1 male, 1 female ( SMWN) and 1 male paratypes (CB) labelled “ Grillental , 26°59’ S 15°22’ E Diamond area 1, 29–30 sept. 1982 M. L. Penrith – J. Irish ” GoogleMaps . 1 female paratype ( SMWN) “ Sargdeckel , Klinghardt Mts., Diamond area 1, 27°24’S 15°41’ E, 1–2 Oct. 1982 M. L. Penrith-Irish ” GoogleMaps . 1 female paratype ( SMWN) “ Diamond area 1, 27°45’S 16°30’E, 05–07.xi.1986 E. Griffin, Pres. pitf.-traps” GoogleMaps . 2 females paratypes ( SMWN) “ Obib Mts. / Dunes , SE 2816 Ba, Diamond area 1, 28–30 Oct. 1977, Coll. S. Louw M-L. Penrith ; H35148” (one paratype with antennomeres X–XI almost fused).

1 female paratype, “ Northen Cape, 70 km E Porth Nolloth , XI ” (CB) ; 1 female paratype, “ Northern Cape, on rd. to Richtersveld NP betw. Amis and Ooble, 28.20S 16.55E, 20.ix.1997 F.W. & S.K. Gess; visiting pink flowers Mesembryanthemaceae ; 97/98/21” ( AMG) GoogleMaps .

Some types have damaged parts of body, mostly legs.

Other material examined: [Karas] Aurus Mts. , 27.6500°S 16.3167°E ( SAMC) GoogleMaps ; Obib , 28.0833°S 16.7500°E ( SAMC) GoogleMaps .

Type locality. The type locality is in the Karas region, district of Luderitz; coordinates in decimal degrees are: 26.9833°S 15.3667°E. The species is distributed in a narrow area extended in both SW Namibia and NW South Africa, and characterized by Namib desert and Succulent Karoo ecosystems.

Description. Characters described for the genus ( Fig. 2Y View FIGURE 2 ). Integuments shiny; body setation white-yellow, denser and longer on ventral side and legs, shorter and more scattered on head and pronotum, very short and scattered on elytra. Body length: 12.0–14.0 mm.

Head black, antennae variable in colour, black or antennomeres III–XI reddish or dark reddish; punctures deep and approached.

Pronotum ( Figs. 2Y View FIGURE 2 , 10E View FIGURE 10 ) black with one orange triangular spot on each side, extended on dorsal surface, one another separate by black midle colouration; punctures as on head. Elytra ( Fig. 2Y View FIGURE 2 ) orange with black pattern composed by two small spots on the anterior third, inner one sometimes reduced or absent, one middle biundulate fascia, and another wider biundulate fascia on posterior third. Tibiae and tarsi reddish.

Abdomen with last two urites black, previous urites orange or more or less extensively black on sides.

Etymology. The name of this species refers to its distribution in the Diamond area and to the curious fact that most specimens of this species, living on sand dunes, are covered by granite sand grains, similar to minute diamonds.

Distribution. Southwestern Namibia , northwestern South Africa.


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