Aspasiola lemoides Bates

Erwin, Terry L., 2004, The beetle family Carabidae of Costa Rica: The genera of the Cryptobatida group of subtribe Agrina, tribe Lebiini, with new species and notes on their way of life (Insecta: Coleoptera), Zootaxa 662, pp. 1-54: 12-14

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Aspasiola lemoides Bates


Aspasiola lemoides Bates 

( Figs. 5View FIGURE 5, 6View FIGURE 6, 33View FIGURE 33)

Aspasiola lemoides Bates 1883: 201  . Lectotype, female, labeled by me in BMNH (The Natural History Museum, London). Type locality: PANAMÁ, Volcan de Chiriqui.

Common name. Mimetic colorful fungus dweller.

Diagnosis. With the attributes of the genus as described above and elytron bright rufous, legs bicolored, femur testaceous, tibia and tarsomeres piceous, apex of femur testaceous.

Description. ( Fig. 5View FIGURE 5). Size small: ABL = 6.58 mm, SBL = 6.25 mm, TW = 2.4 mm. Color: Dorsum and venter rufescent; palpi, antennomeres 1–4 dorsally, tibiae and tarsi, and antennomeres 5–11 infuscated­blackish, femora and basal 4 antennomeres ventrally testaceous. Metathorasic wings smoky grey. Luster: Very shiny. Microsculpture: Absent. Head: Moderately broader across eyes than pronotum; frontal furrows shallowly impressed, very short; eyes large, produced; frons slightly convex, vertex moderately convex; ultimate labial palpomere slightly securiform; antennae of moderate length, reaching just posterior of humerus. Prothorax: Slightly transverse, moderately convex, side margin narrowly explanate and slightly produced at level of anterior setigerous pore, slightly sinuate anterior to slightly obtuse hind angle. Base markedly lobed posteriorly. Pterothorax: Sterna normal for Agrina, fully winged. Legs: Normal for Agrina. Abdomen: Normal for Agrina, mostly glabrous, except normal paired ambulatory setae on sterna 3–5; males and females with two pairs long setae on sternum 6. Male genitalia: Phallus ( Fig. 6View FIGURE 6) with ostium 1 / 5 its length, catopic, not constricted at basal third, basal third straight, apex markedly elongate, evenly rounded; endophallus with long flagellum, flagellum apex not barbed. Parameres asymmetric, left larger that right, right small.

Way of life. The known altitudinal range of this species is between sea level and 100 meters above sea level and one specimen was collected in the dry season, thus not much is known about its way of life.

Other specimens examined. COSTA RICA. 1 male, PUNTARENAS, Peninsula de Osa  , P.N. Corcovado, Estación Sirena, 0–100 m, 08° 28 ' 0 N, 083° 35 ' 0 W, LS 270500View Materials, 508300, April (G. Rodríguez)( INBIO: CRIAbout CRI 000534840).

Geographic distribution. ( Fig. 33View FIGURE 33). Known only from lower Central America in Costa Rica and Panamá.


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Aspasiola lemoides Bates

Erwin, Terry L. 2004


Aspasiola lemoides

Bates 1883: 201