Neaporia myrtle Gordon and Hanley, 2017

Gordon, Robert D. & Hanley, Guy A., 2017, South American Coccinellidae (Coleoptera), Part XVII: systematic revision of Western Hemisphere Cephaloscymnini (Coccinellinae) with description of a cryptic new genus and species of Coccidulini (Coccinellinae), Insecta Mundi 2017 (601), pp. 1-158 : 20-21

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Neaporia myrtle Gordon and Hanley

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9. Neaporia myrtle Gordon and Hanley, new species

Description. Male holotype. Length 1.7 mm, width 1.3 mm; body slightly elongate, elytra nearly parallel sided, wider than pronotal base, widest at middle of elytra. Dorsal surface entirely shiny, lacking microsculpture. Color greenish black, fore angles of pronotum yellow ( Fig. 89 View Figures 82–95 ); mouthparts yellow except apical 1/3, basal 1/4 of apical maxillary palpomere dark brown; antenna, legs yellow; ventral surface black. Head punctures large, separated by less than a diameter; pronotal punctures smaller than on head, separated by less than twice diameter; elytral punctures larger than on head, separated by about a diameter or slightly more; prosternal, mesosternal punctures large, separated by less than a diameter; metasternum with large punctures along anterior and lateral borders, punctures on remaining surface small, sparse; punctures on abdominal ventrites 1, 2 large, separated by less than 3 times a diameter, punctures on remaining ventrites small, separated by about a diameter. Head densely pubescent with frons slightly wider than an eye measured at vertex ( Fig. 91 View Figures 82–95 ); eye canthus short; apical maxillary palpomere long, narrowed to apex in apical 1/3. Pronotum widest at apical angle, reflexed lateral margin narrow, widened from base to apex. Epipleuron flat, wide in basal ½, as wide as pronotal hypomeron. Prosternum short, wider than long, longer than mesosternum, with apical margin truncate, anterolateral projection small, barely visible, not setose ( Fig. 92 View Figures 82–95 ). Postcoxal line on ventrite 1 short, narrow, evenly rounded, extended ½ distance to apical margin of ventrite ( Fig. 90 View Figures 82–95 ). Apex of ventrite 5 mostly truncate, slightly emarginate medially. Genitalia with basal lobe slightly shorter than paramere, slen- der, parallel sided, slightly narrowed to emarginate apex in apical 1/8; paramere widest medially, gradually narrowed in basal 2/3, apical 1/3 strongly bent downward, strongly narrowed to abruptly rounded apex, dorsal margin with blunt serrations medially ( Fig. 93–94 View Figures 82–95 ); sipho nearly equal in width throughout, apex abruptly acute ( Fig. 95 View Figures 82–95 ).

Female. Unknown.

Variation. Length 1.7 to 2.0 mm, width 1.3 to 1.4 mm.

Type material. Holotype male; Boqueta , Chirique Prov, PANAMA, VIII 24 1977, Henk Wolda. USNM ). Paratypes; 2, 1 same data as holotype except date IX 20 1977 ; 1, Costa Rica : Prov. Puntarenas, 1 km SE Monte Verde, 1500–1600 m, 10 o 18' N 84 o 48' W, vii.16.1976, H.A. Hespenheide. ( USNM) GoogleMaps .

Remarks. Neaporia myrtle shares a dorsal color with some other Neaporia species but is distinguished by a basally truncate prosternum, elytral punctures separated by a diameter or slightly more, and parameres of the male genitalia serrate on upper margin. See remarks under N. lena.


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