Discodon crassipes Wittmer, 1952

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 : 176-179

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

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Discodon crassipes Wittmer, 1952


Discodon crassipes Wittmer, 1952

Figs 4B–C View Fig , 6K View Fig , 7K View Fig , 9K–L View Fig , 10K View Fig , 13G–J View Fig

Discodon (Acanthodiscodon) crassipes Wittmer, 1952: 200 .

Discodon (Acanthodiscodon) crassipes – Delkeskamp 1977: 260 (catalogue).


Species readily distinguished by the strong modifications on the metathoracic legs ( Figs 4B View Fig , 9L View Fig ), the shape of the pronotum ( Fig. 7K View Fig ), ventrite VII of the male ( Fig. 10K View Fig ) and the aedeagus ( Fig. 13G–J View Fig ).

Type material

Holotype BRAZIL • ♂; [Rio de Janeiro, Parque Nacional da] Serra dos Órgãos ; 1200 m a.s.l.; 5 Feb. 1952; NHMB CANTH00019527 View Materials ( Fig. 4B–C View Fig ).

Paratype BRAZIL • ♂; same collection data as for holotype; NHMB .

Other material examined (1 specimen)

BRAZIL • 1 ♂; Rio de Janeiro, Teresópolis ; 13–16 Dec. 1957; Seabra and Alvarenga leg.; DZUP 376213 View Materials .


Body length: 13.0 mm. Coloration ( Fig. 4B View Fig ): head black, lustrous, except in lateral corners of clypeus, orangish; mandibles testaceous at base, gradually darker apicad; maxillary and labial palpi black, light brown at apex of last palpomeres; antennae entirely black. Pronotum ( Fig. 7K View Fig ) lustrous, partly translucent, with broad irregular dark brown to black band from anterior to posterior margin, wider anteriorly and near posterior margin, and narrower near anterior half; background pale yellow with diffuse orange patches. Scutellum and elytra dark brown to black, slightly lustrous; at mid-length of each elytron, long, irregular yellow to orangish spot extending from lateral borders to suture. Thorax, legs and abdomen dark brown to black, tarsal claws brown.

Male ( Fig. 4B 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. 6K View Fig ) long, distinctly flattened dorsoventrally; antennomeres III–IX slightly narrowing proximally, sub-serrate; antennomeres VIII–XI with longitudinal lines dorsally. Pronotum ( Fig. 7K View Fig ) wide, about 1.3 times as wide as long; anterior margin and anterior angles arched; lateral margins nearly parallel anteriorly, with rounded lobe, followed by deep notch at posterior third and broadly rounded lobe posteriorly; anterior, posterior and lateral margins elevated; integument smooth, densely covered with very fine yellow and black setae. Elytra very long, each elytron 5.5 times as long as wide, almost parallel; integument coriaceous, densely covered with short and fine decumbent setae, and much longer thick erect setae. Legs densely pubescent, covered with long and thick setae; fore leg slender; mid femur slightly arcuate at base and swollen at apex, mid tibia curved at apex; hind leg ( Fig. 9L View Fig ) strongly modified, coxa with strong unciform projection, trochanter oblong, femur strongly curved and swollen, narrower proximally, tibia widened and flattened distally; all tarsi flattened dorsoventrally, fourth tarsomere with transversal slit at base; anterior prothoracic tarsal claws ( Fig. 9K View Fig ) broadly lobed basally, lobe with very broad 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, especially at middle of the ventrites, coriaceous, densely covered with long setae; ventrite VI notched at posterior margin, U-shaped; ventrite VII ( Fig. 10K View Fig ) strongly notched at inner margins, exposing part of aedeagus, inside densely covered with thick and long yellow setae, brush-like, outer margins arched posteriorly, apical margins acute, with tip directed internally. Aedeagus ( Fig. 13G– J View Fig ) partly exposed between halves of ventrite VII; ventral wall of tegmen short and broad, with elongate central projection curved dorsally; lateral margins of ventral wall rounded and divergent, with long and thick setae on distal margin and inside; central projection parallel and with a pair of longitudinal ridges proximally, and widened, flattened, with small triangular spine distally, apex with longitudinal slit; parameres short and stout, apex truncate; median lobe short, membranous, with a pair of strong triangular dorsal sclerites and brush-like projections laterally and ventrally.




Brazil (Rio de Janeiro state) ( Fig. 16 View Fig ).


Wittmer (1952) erected the subgenus Acanthodiscodon to include the single species D. (A.) crassipes , defined by the strong modifications in the hind legs. Given the vast morphological variation seen in Neotropical species of Discodon , especially in the aedeagus structures, it is not justifiable to separate a single species D. crassipes in its own subgenus Acanthodiscodon , which is herein synonymised with Discodon (syn. nov.).


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Discodon crassipes Wittmer, 1952

Biffi, Gabriel & Geiser, Michael 2022

Discodon (Acanthodiscodon) crassipes

Delkeskamp K. 1977: 260

Discodon (Acanthodiscodon) crassipes

Wittmer W. 1952: 200
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