Murmidius ovalis (Beck, 1817)

Jałoszyński, Paweł & Ślipiński, Adam, 2022, Revision of the family Murmidiidae (Coleoptera: Coccinelloidea), Zootaxa 5109 (1), pp. 1-102 : 25-26

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.5109.1.1

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persistent identifier

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scientific name

Murmidius ovalis
status

 

Murmidius ovalis species group

Body elongate oval, weakly convex; anterior clypeal margin microserrate; pronotum with lateral margins weakly convergent anterad; lateral pronotal impressions present; sublateral pronotal impressions present (may be indistinct in some specimens); distance between mesocoxae shorter than between meso- and metacoxa, and lateral regions of metaventrite between metaventral femoral line and metacoxa elongate, covered with large foveate punctures; area between mesocoxa and lateral carina of mesoventral plate not microreticulate; antennal club weakly elongate, at most 1.5 × as long as broad; tarsomeres 1–3 with short, inconspicuous setae; elytra with distinct rows of punctures; hind wings functional.

Three species, of which one is cosmopolitan, one Australian, and one SE Asian, relatively easily distinguishable by external characters, except for some specimens of the most variable M. ovalis , especially unusually small adults, which may require examination of the aedeagus to confirm identification.

Key to species of Murmidius ovalis group

1

Body strongly, conspicuously elongate ( Fig. 74 View FIGURES 74–80 ); mesoventral plate with complete submarginal carina ( Fig. 78 View FIGURES 74–80 )............................................................................ M. tydeus Hinton [W Malaysia, Singapore]

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2

- Body oval, not conspicuously elongate ( Figs 59 View FIGURES 59–66 , 67 View FIGURES 67–73 ); mesoventral plate with submarginal carina developed only on sides, wide median region lacking carina ( Figs 63 View FIGURES 59–66 , 71 View FIGURES 67–73 )................................................................. 2 Sublateral pronotal impressions weakly developed and anteriorly not connected by transverse impression ( Figs 67–68 View FIGURES 67–73 ); median portion of anterior pronotal margin not thickened ( Figs 67–68 View FIGURES 67–73 ); aedeagus stout, with median strut much shorter than tegmen ( Fig. 72 View FIGURES 67–73 ), and penis in lateral view ~10 × as long as broad ( Fig. 73 View FIGURES 67–73 )..................... M. ovalis (Beck) [cosmopolitan] Sublateral pronotal impressions strongly developed and anteriorly connected by transverse impression ( Figs 59 View FIGURES 59–66 ); median portion of anterior pronotal margin thickened ( Fig. 59 View FIGURES 59–66 ); aedeagus conspicuously slender, with median strut nearly as long as tegmen ( Fig. 64 View FIGURES 59–66 ), and penis in lateral view ~20 × as long as broad ( Fig. 66 View FIGURES 59–66 )................. M. australicus sp. n. [ Australia]

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Murmidiidae

Genus

Murmidius