Antillipeltis alleni , Lawrence, John F., Leschen, Richard A. B. & Ślipiński, Adam, 2014

Lawrence, John F., Leschen, Richard A. B. & Ślipiński, Adam, 2014, Antillipeltis, a new genus of Antillean Trogossitidae (Coleoptera: Cleroidea) with a key to the Cleroidea, Zootaxa 3794 (3), pp. 435-454: 445

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Antillipeltis alleni

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Antillipeltis alleni  sp. n.

( Figs 4View FIGURE 4 A–B)

Diagnosis. This species resembles A. iviei  and differs from all of the extant species in the relatively elongate elytra and dorsal vestiture of moderately long, erect setae and in having the head, pronotum and entire ventral surface yellow. It differs from A. iviei  in being slightly smaller in the shorter and broader pronotum with sparser punctation.

Description. Length 2.7 mm; body length 2.18 times as long as greatest elytral width. Head, mouthparts, antennae, ventral surfaces and legs yellow; scutellar shield and anterior portion of elytra reddish-brown grading into yellowish-brown posteriorly, but without any clear markings; most of elytral sutural edges and explanate lateral margins yellow. Dorsal vestiture of moderately long, erect, fine setae; setae of ventral surfaces somewhat shorter and decumbent. Head punctation moderately fine, dense and somewhat irregular (not clearly seen due to angle of head). Pronotum about 0.58 times as long as wide, widest at middle; sides strongly curved and narrowly explanate; edges of lateral carinae finely, irregularly crenulate; pronotal punctation finer, sparser and more irregular than that on head; punctures not sharply defined, usually separated by one to several puncture diameters; interspaces relatively smooth and shiny. Elytra 1.68 times as long as wide and 3.36 times as long as pronotum, widest behind middle; sides barely rounded and narrowly explanate; punctation coarser and denser than that on pronotum, with punctures gradually impressed and very irregular, so puncture diameter appears greater or smaller depending upon angle of lighting; interspaces relatively smooth and shiny.

Type specimen. Holotype, male: Dominican Republic: Miocene amber ( AMNHAbout AMNH).

Etymology. The species is named after Albert Allen who provided the type specimen and a number of other interesting new Coleoptera  over the years.


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