Valeriaaschero flora Erwin

Erwin, Terry L., 2004, The beetle family Carabidae of Costa Rica and Panamá: Descriptions of four new genera and six new species with notes on their way of life (Insecta: Coleoptera), Zootaxa 537, pp. 1-18: 15

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Valeriaaschero flora Erwin

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Valeriaaschero flora Erwin  , new species

( Figs. 9View FIGURE 9, 10View FIGURE 10, 13View FIGURE 13)

Holotype. Male. COSTA RICA: Guanacaste, P.N. Guanacaste, Estación Pitilla, Santa Cecilia, 700 m, 10 ° 59 ' 33 " N, 085° 25 ' 46 ' W, LN330200,380200, November (C. Moraga)( INBioAbout INBio: CRIAbout CRI 001162521).

Derivation of specific name. Members of this species occur in the tree species Goethalsis meiantha (Donn. Sm.) Burret, hence the Latin noun used in apposition, flora  , implies something of their way of life.

Common name. Valeria’s violet arboreal carabid.

Diagnosis. With the attributes of the genus and vertex of head dark rufous, antennal scape infuscated, and elytra metallic coppery violaceous or brassy green depending upon angle of view.

Description. ( Fig. 9View FIGURE 9). Size medium: ABL = 5.9 to 6.4 mm, SBL = 5.7 to 5.9 mm, TW = 2.4 to 2.6 mm. Color: Pronotum brassy green; elytra metallic coppery violaceous or brassy green; head with vertex rufous; appendages and venter partially infuscated, partially dark rufous. Luster: Very shiny, color reflections change depending upon angle of view. Microsculpture: Effaced from dorsal surfaces. Head: Slightly wider than pronotum across eyes; frontal furrows markedly impressed to posterior margin of eyes; frons with convex callous at middle; eyes large, markedly produced; ultimate labial palpomere securiform; antennae of moderate length, reaching just posterior of humerus. Prothorax: Narrow, quadrate, markedly convex, margins moderately explanate, sinuate before moderately produced acute hind angles. Pterothorax: Normal for Agrina, fully winged. Legs: Normal for Agrina. Abdomen: Normal for Agrina; glabrous, except normal ambulatory setae on sterna 3­5 and males with one pair of ambulatory setae on sternum 6, females with two pairs on sternum 6. Male genitalia: Phallus — tubular, catopic, apex long and narrow, endophallus without armature, parameres small, left more so than right ( Fig. 10View FIGURE 10).

Dispersal potential. These beetles are fully winged and likely are good dispersers, as are most arboreal beetles.

Way of life. These beetles belong in a subtribal level clade in which all the species are arboreal. One specimen ( CRIAbout CRI 002729942) was fogged from the tree Goethalsis meiantha (Donn. Sm.) Burret, as part of the ALAS Project at La Selva.

Other specimens examined. Paratypes, 1 female: COSTA RICA:, Heredia, 3.0 km S Puerto Viejo, Estación Biologica La Selva, 50–150 m, 10 ° 25 ' 55 " N, 84 ° 00' 32 " W, LN535500,268000 May (Proyecto Alas)(INBio­OET: CRIAbout CRI 002729942); 1 male: Heredia, 3.0 km S Puerto Viejo, Estación Biologica La Selva, 50–150 m, 10 ° 25 ' 55 " N, 84 ° 00' 32 " W, LN535500,268000 July (N. Franz)( SEMCAbout SEMC: ADP 100407); 1 male: PANAMA, Bocas del Toro, Corriente Grande, 100 m, 9 ° 17 ’ 30 ” N, 082° 32 ’ 41 ” W, January (Stockwell)( NMNHAbout NMNH: ADP 59903View Materials).

Geographic distribution. ( Fig. 13View FIGURE 13). Known only from Costa Rica and northwestern Panamá.


National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica


Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Bairro Universitário


University of Kansas - Biodiversity Institute


Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History