Muisca apicalis

Opitz, Pitz Pinola Weston, 2018, Classification, Natural History, and Evolution of the Subfamily Peloniinae O (Coleoptera: Cleroidea: Cleridae). Part IX. Taxonomic revision of the New World genus Muisca S, Linzer biologische Beiträge 50 (1), pp. 587-653 : 603

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Muisca apicalis


Muisca apicalis   ( SPINOLA, 1844b) ( Figs 15 View Figs 14-33 , 49, 93, 100, 127)

Pelonium apicale SPINOLA, 1844b: 155. Lectotype: ♂. Designation by EKIS (now OPITZ) 1975: 55. Le Bresil ( Brazil) (MRSN). CORPORAAL 1950: 279.

D i a g n o s i s: The members of this species resemble superficially those of M. dozieri   , but M. apicalis   specimens differ in that the white marking at the elytral apex is sharply defined, which is not the case in M. dozieri   specimens.

D e s c r i p t i o n: Size: Length 6.5 mm; width 2.2 mm. Form: As in Fig. 127 View Figs 125-128 . Color: Mostly castaneous, femora and abdomen more testaceous; elytral disc castaneous, except yellow angular marking near apex. Head: Funicular antennomeres subfiliform, progressively more triangular, 5 th funicular antennomere expanded, capitulum expanded, about twice as long as combined length of funicular antennomeres, capitular antennomeres 9 and 10 with distal margins concave; anterior angles acute ( Fig. 15 View Figs 14-33 ), antennomere 11 narrow elongate; frons narrower than width of eye (EW/FW 30/20). Thorax: Pronotum (Fig. 49) elongate (PW/PL 67/110), side margin with very shallow tubercle, disc narrowly subglabrous at middle; elytral asetiferous punctation striate, to distal 4/5 th, (EL/EW 240/70). Abdomen: Distal margin of male 6 th visible sternite slightly concave; aedeagus, phallic apex as in Fig. 100. View Figs 98-106

V a r i a t i o n: Size: Length 4.0- 7.5 mm; width 2.0-3.0 mm. The castaneous marking near the apex of the elytra varies in its ending.

N a t u r a l h i s t o r y: Specimens were collected during October and November, some in a tropical transition forest, at altitudes that ranges from 405 to 430 m.

D i s t r i b u t i o n ( Fig. 93 View Fig ): In addition to the lectotype, I examined 44 specimens: Bolivia: Departamento de Santa Cruz, Buena Vista , Hotel Flora & Fauna, 14-17-XI-2003, Morris, Nearns, Wappes   ; idem, 22-31-X-2002, Wappes & Morris   ; idem, 21-25-X-2003, Morris, Nearns, Wappes   ; idem, 27-31-X-2002, Morris & Wappes   ; idem, 17°29.949'S 63°33.52'W, 5-15-XI- 2001, 405 m, tropical transition forest, M. C. Thomas & B. K. Dozier GoogleMaps   ; idem, 17°29.925'S 63°39.128'W, 10-22-X-2004, J. E. Eger GoogleMaps   ; idem, 17°29.949'S 63°33.152'W, 5-15-XI-2001, M. C. Thomas GoogleMaps   ; 3.7 km SSE, Buena Vista , Hotel Flora & Fauna, 14-28-X- 2000, 430 m, B. K. Dozier   ; 20 km S Buena Vista , 18-25-X-1992, E. Giesbert   ; Potrerillos del Guenda , 17°40'S 63°27'W, 40 k NW Santa Cruz, 10-15-X-2007, J. Wappes & A. Cline GoogleMaps   ; idem, Snake Farm , 21-24-X-2011, 350-400, Wappes & Skillman GoogleMaps   ; idem, 14-16-X-2011, Wappes & Skillman GoogleMaps   ; idem, 16-22-X-2006, Wappes, Nearns & Eya GoogleMaps   ; Departamento de Cochabamba, Carrasco El Sacta, Morris & Wappes. Brazil: Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro,?-?-1883, P. Germain   ; Tijuca ,?- XII-1884, E. Gounelle   ; Estado do Bahia, S. Antonio da Barra , 11-XII-1988, Gounelle   ; Cachimbo ,?-?-1890, Ch. Pujol   ; Estado do Minas Gerais,?-?-1990, J. DeGaulle   ; Estado do São Paulo, Caraca ,?-?-1884, P. Germain. Specimens are deposited in ACMT, CMNH, FMNH, FSCA, JNRC, MNHN, and WOPC   .


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