Rhagovelia tintipan

Molano, Fredy, Morales, Irina & Moreira, Felipe Ferraz Figueiredo, 2018, Two new species and key to the salina group of the genus Rhagovelia Mayr, 1865 (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Veliidae) from Colombia, Zootaxa 4457 (2), pp. 305-314: 307-309

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Rhagovelia tintipan

sp. nov.

Rhagovelia tintipan  sp. nov.

( Figs. 1b View Figure ; 2b, d, f, h View Figure ; 3b View Figure ; 4 View Figure )

Type material examined. HOLOTYPE apterous ♂ (UPTC-MHN-ART-0037): ‘ Colombia, Bolívar \ Archipiélago de San Bernardo \ Isla de Tintipán \ manglar \ 20.X.2015 \ Col: F. Molano’  . PARATYPE apterous ♀ (UPTC-MHN- ART-0038): same data as holotype  .

Additional material examined. 2 ♂, 12 ♀ apterous ( UPTCAbout UPTC): ‘ Colombia, Bolívar \ Isla Fuerte \ La Playita \ 9°22´12.9´´N 76°11´36.6´´W \ 20.XII.2007 \ Col: Neira M., Martínez I.’. 3 ♀ apterous ( IAVHAbout IAVH): ‘ Colombia \ Bolívar, Islas del Rosario \ 16.IV.1977 ’.

Apterous male. Color. Body blackish ( Fig. 1b View Figure ), covered by short silvery setae. Antenna brown, with proximal 1/7 of antennomere I reddish. Pronotum dark brown with a reddish brown spot centrally occupying 1/3 of its width. Coxae and trochanters reddish, rest of legs blackish. Mesoacetabulum orange brown. Abdominal sterna dark brown, with silvery pubescence.

Structure. Head subquadrate, shining black at insertion of trichobothria. Eyes covered by abundant setae. Antenna covered by two short setae ( Fig. 2b View Figure ). Pronotum short with posterior margin sinuous, trilobed ( Fig. 2h View Figure ). Mesonotum subhexagonal. Metanotum short. Meso- and metasterna with posterior margins strongly convex, covered by abundant setae. Fore femur narrowed before middle ( Fig. 2d View Figure ). Fore tibia strongly curved ( Fig. 2d View Figure ). Posterior surface of hind femur with a decreasing row of 6–10 spines ( Fig. 2f View Figure ). Hind tibia with abundant setae. Abdomen covered by silvery setae; mediotergites I–V subequal in size (each 0.12), VI (0.14) and VII longer (0.24). Abdominal sterna covered by abundant silvery setae on posterior margins. Paramere preapically narrowed, with rounded apex ( Fig. 3b View Figure ), covered by abundant robust setae on preapical region.

Measurements. BL 1.74; HL 0.23; HW 0.33; ANTAbout ANT I 0.49, ANTAbout ANT II 0.33, ANTAbout ANT III 0.36, ANTAbout ANT IV 0.26; EYE 0.18; PL 0.20; PW 0.68; FORELEG: FEM 0.80, TIB 0.78, TARAbout TAR I 0.06, TARAbout TAR II 0.14; MIDLEG: FEM 1.40, TIB 1.02, TARAbout TAR I 0.68, TARAbout TAR II 0.56; HINDLEG: FEM 0.87, TIB 1.12, TARAbout TAR I 0.03, TARAbout TAR II 0.24.

Apterous female. Similar to the apterous male in structure and color, except for the following characteristics: body reddish brown ventrally; antennomere I, coxae, and trochanters reddish; mesonotum broadly convex with a thin suture over the midline on anterior margin; abdominal terga reddish brown; and hind femur without spines.

Measurements. BL 2.93; HL 0.47; HW 0.40; ANTAbout ANT I 0.66, ANTAbout ANT II 0.39; ANTAbout ANT III 0.46; ANTAbout ANT IV 0.36; EYE 0.23; PL 0.20; PW 0.90; FORELEG: FEM 0.99, TIB 0.82, TARAbout TAR I 0.06, TARAbout TAR II 0.23; MIDLEG: FEM 1.65, TIB 1.38, TARAbout TAR I 0.89, TARAbout TAR II 0.69; HINDLEG: FEM 1.05, TIB 1.35, TARAbout TAR I 0.03, TARAbout TAR II 0.36.

Etymology. This species is named after Tintipán Island, where the type series was collected.

Geographic distribution. Known from islands of Bolívar Department, Caribbean Region of Colombia ( Fig. 4 View Figure ). 

Comments. Rhagovelia tintipan  sp. nov. is similar to R. plumbea  in body color, and having the eyes covered by many setae. These species differ in the following features: in R. tintipan  sp. nov. the body length is approximately 1.75 mm in the male and 2.90 mm in the female, the posterior surface of the male hind femur has a decreasing row of 6–10 spines, and the paramere is narrowed preapically ( Fig. 3b View Figure ); whereas in R. plumbea  the body length is about 2.30 mm in males and 3.40 mm in females, the posterior surface of the male hind femur has a decreasing row of 3–7 spines, and the paramere shape is different ( Fig. 3d View Figure ).


Universidad Pedog�gica y Tecnol�gica de Colombia


Instituto de Ivestigacion de los Recursos Biologicos Alexander von Humboldt


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