Discodon lineaticorne, Biffi & Geiser, 2022

Biffi, Gabriel & Geiser, Michael, 2022, A revision of Discodon tricolor (Guérin-Méneville) and its mimics from the Atlantic forests of Brazil (Coleoptera: Cantharidae), European Journal of Taxonomy 834 (1), pp. 148-189 : 161-163

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https://doi.org/ 10.5852/ejt.2022.834.1907

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Discodon lineaticorne

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Discodon lineaticorne sp. nov.


Figs 3C View Fig , 6E, P View Fig , 7E View Fig , 8E View Fig , 9E View Fig , 10E View Fig , 12A–C View Fig , 15E View Fig


Differs from other species in the region by the entirely black antennae ( Fig. 3C View Fig ), the males with antennomeres IX–XI with short longitudinal lines dorsally ( Fig. 6E View Fig ), ventrite VII with apices truncate ( Fig. 10E View Fig ), aedeagus ( Fig. 12A–C View Fig ) with three distal projections on distal margin of tegmen, the central projection very long and curved ventrally; females with last ventrite (VII) ( Fig. 15E View Fig ) broadly rounded with a pair of acute projections medially.


The epithet lineaticorne refers to the longitudinal antennal lines on antennomeres IX–XI of the males.

Type material

Holotype BRAZIL • ♂; São Paulo, Pindamonhangaba, Eugênio Lefèvre ; 28 Sep. 1962; Exp. Dep. Zool leg.; MZSP 46436 View Materials ( Fig. 3C View Fig ).

Paratypes (10 specimens) BRAZIL • 1 ♀; Minas Gerais, Itamonte, Instituto Alto Montana ; 22º21′13″ S, 44º47′57″ W, 5–6 Nov. 2019; UC. Entomologia UNIFESP leg.; Malaise; MZSP 46444 View Materials GoogleMaps 1 ♀; São Paulo, Campos do Jordão ; 22º40′51.4″ S, 45º35′30.5″ W; 1461 m a.s.l.; Oct.–Nov. 2019; S.P. Rosa leg.; MZSP 46445 View Materials GoogleMaps 1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding; 1–13 Oct. 2018; MZSP 46446 View Materials GoogleMaps 1 ♀; same collection data as for holotype; DZUP 320982 View Materials 1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding; 26 Oct. 1962; MZSP 46438 View Materials 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding; 1200 m a.s.l.; 21 Dec. 1962; MZSP 46439 View Materials 1 ♂, 3 ♀♀; São Paulo, Ipiranga ; Oct. 1908; Luederwaldt leg. ‘20371’ [Luederwaldt’s collection record]; MZSP 46440 to 46443 .


Body length: 13.0– 14.3 mm. Coloration ( Fig. 3C View Fig ): head pitch black, lustrous, except in lateral corners of clypeus, light brown; mandibles light brown, darker at base and tip; maxillary and labial palpi dark brown to black, light brown at apex of last palpomeres; antennae entirely black. Pronotum ( Figs 7E View Fig , 8E View Fig ) lustrous, partly translucent, with broad irregular black band from anterior to posterior margin, wider anteriorly and near posterior margin, and narrower near anterior half; from median band, a pair of diagonal black bands; background pale yellow to light orange with barely defined orange patches. Scutellum and elytra pitch black, slightly lustrous; at mid-length of each elytron, large whitish to pale yellow round spot nearly reaching lateral borders but not meeting at suture. Thorax, legs and abdomen dark brown to black, tarsal claws brown.

Male ( Fig. 3C View Fig )

Head short, nearly as long as wide, excluding eyes; integument smooth, densely covered with short and fine yellow setae; frons short, vertex flat, occipital region convex, broadly rounded behind eyes. Clypeus flat, anterior margin emarginate, slightly projected anteriorly with median incision. Eyes large, rounded, prominent. Mandibles falciform, acute, without accessory teeth. Last maxillary and labial palpomeres securiform. Antennae ( Fig. 6E View Fig ) long, slightly flattened dorsoventrally; antennomeres III– IX wider distally, sub-serrate; antennomeres IX–XI with short longitudinal lines dorsally. Pronotum ( Fig. 7E View Fig ) wide, about 1.5 times as wide as long; usually, anterior margin slightly arched, almost straight in middle, anterior angles arched; lateral margins slightly sinuate, with shallow notch at posterior third; anterior, posterior and lateral margins elevated; integument smooth, densely covered with very fine yellow setae. Elytra long, each elytron 5 times as long as wide, almost parallel; integument coriaceous, densely covered with short and fine decumbent setae, and much longer thick erect setae. Legs slender, densely pubescent, covered with long and thick setae; tarsi flattened dorsoventrally, fourth tarsomere with transversal slit at base; anterior prothoracic tarsal claws ( Fig. 9E View Fig ) broadly lobed basally, lobe with rounded margin; posterior claws on meso- and metathoracic tarsal claws apparently split at apex, with fine protruding tooth slightly shorter than claws. Abdomen weakly sclerotised, coriaceous, densely covered with long setae; ventrite VI deeply notched at posterior margin, V-shaped, lateral apices arched; ventrite VII ( Fig. 10E View Fig ) with parallel-sided lobes, distal margins truncate; ventrite lobes concave, internal margins directed ventrally.Aedeagus ( Fig. 12A–C View Fig ): ventral wall of tegmen long and broad, apical margin convergent, forming a pair of lateral projections with truncate apices and very long central projection, strongly curved ventrally and with hook-like apex, usually visible between lobes of ventrite VII; fringe of long setae along lateral margins of tegmen dorsally; parameres robust, long and broad, parallel, apex acute; median lobe short, membranous, partially retracted behind parameres.


Similar to male; antennae ( Fig. 6 View Fig ) shorter, without longitudinal lines; pronotum wider, 1.6 times as wide as long, lateral margins without notches; tarsal claws without basal lobe or apical slit; ventrite VI not notched, distal margin slightly arched, concave; ventrite VII broad, lateral and distal margins broadly arched, distal margin with two long apical lobes projecting posteriorly at middle and U-shaped medial notch.


Brazil (Minas Gerais and São Paulo states) ( Fig. 16 View Fig ).













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