Eleusis elongata, Irmler, 2017

Irmler, Ulrich, 2017, The Neotropical species of the genus Eleusis LAPORTE, 1835 with description of the new genus Eleusima (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Osoriinae), Beiträge Zur Entomologie = Contributions to Entomology 67 (2), pp. 275-318 : 296-297

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https://doi.org/ 10.21248/contrib.entomol.67.2.275-318

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Eleusis elongata

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Eleusis elongata spec. nov.


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Type material: male, Holotype: Costa Rica: Cartago, P.N. Tapanti (9°45.41'N, 83°47.5'W), 1150 m elev. flight intercept trap, 17.- 20.7.2000, leg. J. Ashe, R. Brooks, Z. Falin, #CR1 ABF00192 View Materials ( KNHM). Paratype: Costa Rica: San José, Zuruqui de Moravia , 1600 m elev., malaise trap, female, 1.- 30.8.1995, leg. P. Hanson #CR1H93-9514 ( KNHM) GoogleMaps .

Diagnosis: The species is unique regarding its elongate shape. In contrast to all other Eleusis species , E. elongata is not depressed. Concerning the colouration, E. elongata resembles E. bicolor and E. struyvei . The aedeagus, too, resembles that of E. bicolor . The long projecting mandibles with a molar-like tooth at left mandible are also unique for the known Neotropical Eleusis species.

Description: Length: 7.6 – 7.8 mm. Colouration: head and pronotum black; anterior half of elytra orange; posterior half blackish; abdominal segments III-VI yellow, VII and VIII black; legs light brown; antennae dark brown.

Head: 1.34 mm long, 0.93 mm wide; eyes not prominent; temples parallel; extremely long; more than four times as long as eyes; neck nearly as wide as vertex; preocular sides parallel; distinctly longer than eyes; anterior margin of clypeus indistinctly sinuate; central part of clypeus shortly prominent; supraocular groove deep; reaching from anterior edge of eyes to posterior edge of temples; supraocular ridge indistinct; parallel to sides from antennal base to neck; mandibles projecting; as long as distance from anterior margin of clypeus to posterior edge of eyes; left mandible with thick molar tooth; right mandible with acute tooth; punctation deep and irregularly dense; interstices between punctures varying between as wide as diameter of punctures to four times as wide as diameter of punctures; at each end of supraocular groove with setiferous puncture; pair of setiferous punctures on each side of clypeal prominence; elongate indistinct microsculpture; longitudinally striate; surface moderately shiny.

Antennae slightly longer than head; first antennomere thick; not elongate; second antennomere distinctly shorter and narrower; third antennomere slightly longer than second; slightly longer than apical width; following antennomeres increasing in width; fourth antennomere longer than wide; tenth antennomere as long as wide; antennomeres four to eleven pubescent and with long apical setae.

Pronotum: 1.11 mm long, 0.93 mm wide; widest close to anterior angles; slightly narrowed to posterior third; posterior third strongly convergent to posterior angles; posterior margin half as wide as anterior margin; long groove at anterior angles; inner margin bordered by distinct ridge ending at posterior third; second indistinct triangular groove at inner side bordered at lateral side by indistinct ridge; outer ridge and inner ridge running convergent to anterior angles; punctation similar to head punctation; setiferous punctures: in outer groove close to anterior angles, at obtuse angle at beginning of convergence, at inner border of triangular groove at anterior margin; elongate microsculpture weak; longitudinally striate; surface moderately shiny.

Elytra: 1.34 mm long, 1.07 mm wide, sides nearly parallel; humeral angle obtuse; posterior angles nearly rectangular; punctation like that of head and pronotum; on central disc, two pairs of setiferous punctures; additional setiferous punctures along lateral margin; elongate microsculpture weak; longitudinally striate; surface moderately shiny.

Abdomen sparsely and weakly punctured; few setiferous punctures; partly with long setae; at lateral margin; microsculpture transversely striate; weak; surface moderately shiny.

Aedeagus in lateral aspect moderately thick; apex rounded; with indistinct longitudinal and transverse ridges in front of apex; ventral plate with few central sensillae; in ventral aspect, nearly parallel, but slightly widened at middle; apex obtuse; numerous sensillae; paramere slightly shorter than central lobe; with moderately wide apical transparent lobe; few micro-sensillae in transparent lobe; extremely fine setae at apical margin; on scape, few sensillae.

Etymology: The species name derived from the Latin word elongatus meaning elongate and refers to the extreme elongate, slender shape which is untypical for the usually flattened shape of Eleusis species.


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