Muisca peruviana

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 : 629-630

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Muisca peruviana


Muisca peruviana   ( PIC, 1952) ( Figs 43 View Figs 34-46 , 75, 97, 121, 153)

Cregya peruviana PIC, 1952: 4. Lectotype: ♀. Pérou ( Peru), Terapoto, Mai a Aout, 1886, M. de Mathan (MNHN). It is not certain how many specimens were available to Pic for his description. Therefore, I invoke Recommendation 73F of the ICZN (1999) and designate a lectotype for this nominal species.

D i a g n o s i s: Within Muisca   , only in specimens of this species is there a triangular black mark on the elytra near the mesoscutellum.

R e d e s c r i p t i o n: Size: Length 6.5 mm; width 2.7 mm. Form: As in Fig. 153 View Figs 153-156 . Color: Light castaneous, except cranium and pronotum blue-black; elytral disc bicolorous, mostly light castaneous, with a black triangular marking surrounding the mesoscutellum. Head: Funicular antennomeres subfiliform, 7 th antennomere slightly expanded laterally, capitular antennomeres 9 and 10 triangular ( Fig. 43 View Figs 34-46 ), antennomere 11 obovate; frons narrower than width of eye (EW/FW 30/25). Thorax: Pronotum (Fig. 75) oblong (PW/PL 98/115), pronotal tubercle small, angular and positioned posterior to pronotal middle, disc coarsely punctate, elytral asetiferous punctation striate, punctures extend to elytral apical 3/4 th (EL/EW 135/45). Abdomen: Pygidium scutiform; posterior margin of 6 th visible sternite not concave at middle; aedeagus, phallic apex as in Fig. 121 View Figs 116-124

V a r i a t i o n: Size: Length 4.5-7.0 mm; width 1.8-2.4 mm. Other than size, the available specimens are quite homogeneous

N a t u r a l h i s t o r y: Specimens was collected during February, March, and July; at altitudes ranging from 1535 to 2220 m.

D i s t r i b u t i o n ( Fig. 97 View Fig ): In addition to the lectotype, I examined 35 specimens: Bolivia: Departamento de Santa Cruz, Florida, 4 km N Bermejo, Refugio Los Volcanes , 63°36'W 18°06'S, 6-8-XII-2015, 1000-1200 m, Skillman, Wappes, & Kuckartz GoogleMaps   ; 3.7 km SSE Buena Vista. Hotel Flora & Fauna , 17°29.949'S 63°33.152'W, 5-15-XI-2001, tropical transition forest, M. C. Thomas & B. K. Dozier GoogleMaps   ; idem, 23-26-X-2000, tropical transition forest, M. C. Thomas GoogleMaps   ; idem, 5- 15-XI-2001, black light, tropical transition forest, M. C. Thomas GoogleMaps   ; idem, 27-31-X-2002, Morris & Wappes GoogleMaps   ; idem, 14-16-X-2000, R. Morris GoogleMaps   ; idem, 5 km SSE Buena Vista. Hotel Flora & Fauna , 17°29.925'S 63°39.128'W, 10-22-X-2004, J. E. Eger GoogleMaps   ; 4 km SSE Buena Vista , 22-25-XI-2013, Hotel Flora & Fauna, 17°29'S 63°49'W, Wappes & Skillman GoogleMaps   ; idem, 4-6 SSE Buena Vista , Hotel Flora & Fauna, 3-8-X-2004, Wappes & Morris GoogleMaps   ; idem, 22-31-X-2002, Wappes & Morris GoogleMaps   ; Potrerillos del Guenda, Reserva Natural , 17°40'S 63° 27'W, 1-4-X- 2007, 370 m, black light mercury vapor light, Wappes & Morris GoogleMaps   ; idem, 16-22-X- 2006, 370 m, Wappes, Nearns, Eya GoogleMaps   ; Snake Farm , 17°40.15'S 63°27.26'W, 23-30-X- 2013, 400 m, Wappes & Kuckartz GoogleMaps   ; idem, 40 km NW Santa Cruz , 17°40.3'S 63°27.4'W, 3-X-2007, at light, R. Morris GoogleMaps   ; idem, 17°40.26'S 63°27.44'W, 29- XI-2006, B. K. Dozier GoogleMaps   ; idem, 17°40.26'S 63°27.44'W, 5-20-XI-2004, B. K. Dozier GoogleMaps   ; 4 km N Bermejo , 17-24-X-2014, Wappes & Morris   ; idem, 31-X-3-XI-2013, Wappes & Kuckartz   ; idem, 18°066'S 63°36'W, 16-21-X-2007, J. Wappes & A. Cline   ; El Refugio, Los Volcanes , 18-24-X- 20014, Morris & Wappes   ; idem, 4-9-X-2007, R. Morris   ; Departamento La Paz, Puente Mururata, Coroico , Yungas ,?- X-1984, Luis Peña. Specimens are deposited in ACMT, CSCA, FSCA, FWSC, JNRC, RFMC, and WOPC   .


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