Agrilus (Agrilus) quito , Curletti, Gianfranco, 2015

Curletti, Gianfranco, 2015, Four new species of the genus Agrilus Curtis, 1825 from Ecuador (Coleoptera, Buprestidae), Zootaxa 3985 (4), pp. 575-582: 579-580

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Agrilus (Agrilus) quito

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Agrilus (Agrilus) quito  n. sp.

( Fig. 4View FIGURE 4 a, 4 b)

Material examined. Holotype ♀: Ecuador, Puerto Quito  , VI. 2009, ex larva, Touroult leg. ( MCCI); Paratype ♀, idem ( MCCI).

Holotype description. Length 4.6 mm. Vertex of head red, pronotum blue-green, elytra brown with 6 (3 + 3) spots of yellow pubescence. Head with frons red, glabrous, with sculpture characterized by large punctures. Clypeus flat, depressed, green, without transverse carina. Antennae serrate from fifth segment. Pronotum wider on the posterior half. Disc with transverse striae. Premarginal carinula not entire, up to almost half the length of pronotum, surrounded by sparse white setae. Marginal carinae joined before the base. Mentonniere with anterior margin rounded. Prosternal plate wide, with rounded apex. Scutellum transversely carinate. Abdomen with white pubescence on lateroterga, metepisterna and metacoxae. Legs metallic green. All claws simply toothed. Metatarsus shorter than metatibia. Basal metatarsomere shorter than the sum of the following two (1 <2 + 3).

Etymology. The name relates to the type locality.

Comments. Agrilus quito  belongs to a group characterized by the pronotum being blue-green, by median pubescence of elytra Y-shaped or inverted “T”, and rounded elytral apex. In this group, in size and shape, the species most similar to A. quito  is A. perditus Curletti & Brûlé, 2011  - type in MCCI- from French Guyana. Both have the head with a red vertex, and a green pronotum, but they differ in the following main characters: A. quito  A. perditus 

- Dorsal color more brilliant. - Dorsal color darker and less bright. - Sculpture of vertex with strong longitudinal stripes. - Sculpture of vertex punctiform. - Pronotum wider on posterior half, strongly sinuate before the - Pronotum wider on anterior half with posterior angles more basal angles that are more acute. squared.

- Elytral pubescence yellow. - Elytral pubescence white.

- Metatarsal formula 1 <2 + 3. - Metatarsal formula 1 = 2 + 3 + 4.


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