Agra schwarzeneggeri Erwin

Erwin, Terry L., 2002, The Beetle Family Carabidae of Costa Rica: Twenty­nine new species of Agra Fabricius 1801 (Coleoptera: Carabidae, Lebiini, Agrina), Zootaxa 119, pp. 1-68 : 46-47

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Agra schwarzeneggeri Erwin

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Agra schwarzeneggeri Erwin , new species

( Figs. 20 a, 20 View FIGURE 20. A b, 20 c, 20 d)

Holotype. Male, COSTA RICA: Cartago, Turrialba , 650m, 9 º 53 'N 83 º 38 'W, February, (H. & A. Howden)( USNM: ADP 64794).

Diagnosis. The male of this species has an enormously enlarged middle femur ( Fig. 19 View FIGURE 19. A c); females have elytra with brassy­green tint, black forebody and rufous antennomeres 3­11.

Description. Color and luster: Black. Elytra with brassy green reflections. Antennomeres 3­4 testaceous, infuscated apically, 5­11 testaceous. Form: Head ( Fig. 20 a View FIGURE 20. A ) short behind eyes, that of male tapered and rounded behind, that of female quadrate, vertex dimpled. Prothorax widest at middle, markedly tapered anteriorly in male, somewhat "swollen" at middle in female. Middle leg with markedly enlarged femur ( Fig. 20 View FIGURE 20. A d). Elytra broad, not very convex, apex ( Fig. 20 View FIGURE 20. A b) medially dentate, interneurs 2,4,6,8 with very large setigerous foveae, interneurs of fine close­spaced punctures. Sternum VI ( Fig. 20 View FIGURE 20. A c) with deeply circular emargination in female, deeply v­notched in female. Aedeagus (see Notes). Size: medium, 14.0 to 17.0mm in length, 4.6 to 5.16mm in width.

Other specimens examined. Costa Rica: 3 paratypes, females, from the Cordillera Volcánica Central Conservation Area. Costa Rica, 1 f, Cartago, Pavones 83 ° 37 'W 9 ° 57 'N, May, (F.T. Hovore)( FTHC: ADP 70530), 1 f, Turrialba , 3.0 km SEIICA/ CATIE , 83 ° 38 'W 9 ° 53 'N, April, (E. Giesbert)( FSCA: ADP 4420), 1 f, August, (D.R. Whitehead)( USNM: ADP 61717), 1m, February, (H.F. Howden & A. Howden)( UASM: ADP 54794).

Specific epithet. The specific epithet, schwarzeneggeri is the Latinized genitive form of the family name of the actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in reference to the markedly developed (biceps­like) middle femora of the males of this species reminiscent of the actor’s physic.

Notes. The genitalia of the dissected male is missing from the vial pinned beneath the specimen, thus has not been illustrated. The aedeagus of Agra perrinae (Straneo 1982) has a moderately long ostium, apex of phallus a simple diamond­shaped lobe which is markedly arched dorsally, parameres glabrous.


Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History


Tropical Agricultural Research and Training Center (CATIE)


Florida State Collection of Arthropods, The Museum of Entomology


University of Alberta, E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum