Asteriza tainosa Shin , Chaboo & Clark

Shin, Chulwoo, Chaboo, Caroline S. & Clark, Shawn M., 2012, Revision of the endemic Hispaniolan genus Asteriza Chevrolat, 1836, with description of two new species (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Ischyrosonychini), Zootaxa 3227, pp. 34-53 : 45-47

publication ID

https://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.280316

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5690024

persistent identifier

https://treatment.plazi.org/id/03FC87F1-557C-677A-FF42-7019FB3BFE08

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scientific name

Asteriza tainosa Shin , Chaboo & Clark
status

new species

Asteriza tainosa Shin, Chaboo & Clark , new species

Diagnosis. This species is distinguished by the coloration and swollen maxillary and labial palpi. The elytra ( Figs. 4–5 View FIGURES 4 – 6 , 47– 48 View FIGURES 47 – 54 ) are mainly tan with black punctures and the anterolateral angle of the male elytra is less acute than in other species. Maxillary palpomeres III–IV ( Fig. 34 View FIGURES 34 – 37 ) and labial palpomere III (Fig. 38) are more swollen than in other Asteriza species. The frontoclypeus (Fig. 30) is finely and shallowly punctate, brown, and usually divided by a mesal sulcus.

Description. Adult: Male (n= 85) length 9.0–9.5 mm, width 7.0–8.0 mm; female (n= 110) length 10.0–11.5 mm, width 8.0–9.0 mm. Body oval, slightly discontinuous between pronotum and elytra, broadest at middle bulging area of elytra; profile ( Figs. 16–17 View FIGURES 16 – 23 ) hemispherical, highest at middle of elytra. Head entirely concealed in dorsal view; gena and subgena (Fig. 30) pale brown to brown. Maxillary palpomere III as long as broad; palpomere IV swollen, 1.5 times broader than long ( Fig. 34 View FIGURES 34 – 37 ). Labial palpomere III 1.5 times as long as broad; ligula with apex slightly angled (Fig. 38). Frontoclypeus finely and shallowly punctate, brown, usually divided by mesal sulcus (Fig. 30). Pronotum ( Figs. 42–43 View FIGURES 42 – 46 ) hemispherical in dorsal view with postero-medial angle; dorsum smooth and shiny; anterior margin slightly convex, translucent; lateral margin broader posteriad, slightly depressed with edges curved upward; yellow blotch pattern of pronotum more extensive than in other species. Thoracic sterna ( Figs. 43, 46 View FIGURES 42 – 46 ) shiny, black, medially flattened. Elytra tan, with each puncture and closely surrounding area black ( Figs. 47– 48 View FIGURES 47 – 54 ). Legs shiny, reddish brown, with trochanters and proximal half of femora black ( Fig. 6 View FIGURES 4 – 6 ). Spermatheca falcate with inner margin curved; part near opening more sclerotized than in other Asteriza species (Fig. 67).

Type material. Holotype: Male. Dominican Republic: Prov. Independencia: Sierra de Bahoruco, North Slope, 13.5 km S.E. Puerto Escondido, N 18 ˚ 12 ’ 18, W 71 ˚ 31 ’08 W, Alt 1807 m, May 22–23 2004, C. Young, J. Fetzner, J. Rawlins, C. Nunez, Broadleaf Pinus , dense woodland, hand collecting ( CMNH). Paratypes (192 specimens): Dominican Republic: Prov. Independencia: Rd 191 Around Caseta No. 1, Parque Nacional Sierra de Bahoruce, 1,239 m, 18 ˚ 16 0 38 N, 71 ˚ 32 ’ 691 W. 11–12 XII 2003, D. Perez, R. Bastardo, B. Hierro ( AMNH: 1 male, 2 females); Sierra de Bahoruco, North Slope, 13.5 km SE, Puerto Escondido, 18 ˚ 12 ’ 18 N, 71 ˚ 31 ’08 W, Alt 1807 m, May 22–23 2004, C. Young, J. Fetzner, J. Rawlins, C. Nunez, Broadleaf Pinus , dense woodland, hand collecting ( CMNH: 11 males, 16 females); Prov. Moncion Prov.: Manoncito, Santiago Rodriguez, R.D. 25 V 1980 ( MHND: 41 males, 49 females); Prov. Monte Cristi: 5–9 km N. Villa Elisa 26 V 1992, col. M.C. Thomas ( MHND: 2 males; FSCA: 1 male, 2 females); 5 km N. Villa Elisa 3 VI 1994, col. M.C. Thomas, ( FSCA: 1 male); Prov. Puerto Plata: La Ceiba, Luperon, Rd. 21 XI 1981, col. Marcano ( MHND: 1 male); Prov. Sabaneta: Los Ingenitos, Santiago Rodriguez r. d. 6 VII 1980 ( MHND: 5 males, 8 females); Rio Gurabo Stgo Rdguez R.D. 5 VII 1980, col. Marcano ( MHND: 1 male); Gurabo, Santiago Rodriguez, R.D. 5 VII 1980, col. Mota-Aquino ( MHND: 5 males, 8 females); Sabana Las Caobas, STGO, R. D. 25 V 1980, col. Marcano, Abud-Mota and Reaynoso-Aquino ( MHND: 7 males, 10 females); Sabana Las Caobas, STGO, R. D. 6 VII 1980, col. Marcano, Abud-Mota and Reaynoso-Aquino ( MHND: 2 female); Prov. Santiago: D: 1 male); Gurabo, Santiago Rodriguez, R.D. 5 VII 1980, col. Mota-Aquino ( MHND: 5 males, 8 females); Sabana Las Caobas, STGO, R. D. 25 V 1980, col. Marcano, Abud-Mota and Reaynoso-Aquino ( MHND: 7 males, 10 females); Sabana Las Caobas, STGO, R. D. 6 VII 1980, col. Marcano, Abud-Mota and Reaynoso-Aquino ( MHND: 2 female); Prov. Santiago: S.J. Matas, Canafistol, Rd 25 V 1980, col. Marcano ( MHND: 1 male); La Celestina S.J. Matas,, Rd. 30 VIII 1980 col. Marcano ( MHND: 1 female); Prov. Valverde: El Cereado, Valverde, R.D. 2 I 1982, col. Marcano ( MHND: 2 males, 2 females); Haiti: Prov. Sud-Est Massif de La Selle Morne d’Enfer 1850 m, 15 V 1984, M.C. Thomas ( FSCA; 1 male, 1 female); Parc National La Visite vicinity park headquarter, 1880 m, 23 V 1984, col. M.C. Thomas ( FSCA: 3 males, 8 females); Parc National La Visite between Park headquarter & Morne d’Enfer, 14 V 1984, M.C. Thomas ( FSCA: 1 female).

Etymology. The species epithet is derived from the name Taínos, the original tribal inhabitants of Hispaniola before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World ( Saunders 2005).

CMNH

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

AMNH

American Museum of Natural History

FSCA

Florida State Collection of Arthropods, The Museum of Entomology

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Chrysomelidae

Genus

Asteriza