Asteriza darlingtoni Blake, 1939

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 : 44-45

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

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https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5690022

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Asteriza darlingtoni Blake, 1939
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Asteriza darlingtoni Blake, 1939

Asteriza darlingtoni Blake 1939: 238 [original description with figure]; Blackwelder 1946: 748 [checklist]; Wilcox 1975: 154 [catalog]; Borowiec 1996: 129 [checklist], 1999: 169 [catalog]; Takizawa 2003: 97 [checklist]; Perez-Gelabert 2008: 125 [checklist]; Borowiec & Świętojańska 2011 [catalog].

Type. Holotype (male, type number: MCZT _ 23637) and 2 paratypes in MCZ, url: http://insects.oeb.harvard.edu; 2 paratypes in USNM.

Diagnosis. This species is distinguished from the other three Asteriza species by the coloration and by the shape of the pronotal and elytral bases. The pronotum in dorsal view is moderately narrower than the elytral base (Figs. 13–14), not forming a nearly regular oval together with the elytra. The elytral punctures ( Figs. 53–54 View FIGURES 47 – 54 ) are more sparsely and irregularly arranged; the pale markings of the elytral disc form numerous, irregularly shaped blotches, which are much larger than those of the pronotal disc in most specimens. Each femur is black, with the apex pale, similar to A. flavicornis ; A. blakeae has pale reddish femora and (Fig. 15). The frontoclypeus (Fig. 33) is coarsely to moderately punctate and not divided by a mesal sulcus.

Redescription. Adult: Male (n= 13) length 8.5–9.0 mm, width 7.5–8.0 mm; female (n= 17) length 9.5–10.0 mm, width 8.0–8.5 mm. Body oval in dorsal view; pronotum and elytra slightly to moderately discontinuous, often more distinctly so in male (Figs. 13–14); profile hemispherical ( Figs. 22–23 View FIGURES 16 – 23 ), highest at middle of elytra. Head entirely concealed in dorsal view; gena and subgena black or dark reddish brown. Ligula with anterior margin slightly angled (Fig. 41). Pronotal disc slightly convex, black with brown blotches; anterior margin and edge slightly convex, translucent; lateral margin slightly depressed with edges curved upward, translucent and reddish. Elytra ( Figs. 53–54 View FIGURES 47 – 54 ) with brown spots larger and with punctures more sparse than in A. flavicornis ( Figs. 51–52 View FIGURES 47 – 54 ); brown spots often opalescent with small black spots; lateral reddish edge broader than in A. tainosa , n. sp. ( Figs. 47–48 View FIGURES 47 – 54 ) and A. flavicornis ( Figs. 51–52 View FIGURES 47 – 54 ) and narrower than in A. blakeae , n. sp. ( Figs 49–50 View FIGURES 47 – 54 ). Legs shiny and reddish brown with coxae and proximal half of femora black. Spermatheca falcate, with inner margin slightly longer and broader than in other Asteriza species (Fig. 70).

Material examined. Dominican Republic: Prov. La Vega: Constanza, 3−4,000 ft. VIII. 1938, Darlington ( MCZ: 1 male, holotype; USNM: 1 female, paratype); Constanza to Jarabacoa 2−4,000 ft. Darlington ( USNM: 1 male); 10 km. N.E. Constanza, May 25, 1978 C.W. & L.B., O’Brien & Marshall ( WIBF: 1 female); 18 km. S.E. Constanza, August 4, 1979, C. W. O’Brien ( WIBF: 1 female); Jarabacoa PN Armando Bermudez Los Tablones N 19 ˚ 3 ’ 308, W 70 ˚ 53 ’ 49 W, 20 VII 2002, col. Sardis Medrano ( MHND: 1 male); Constanza Pinar Parejo, Valle Nuevo 10–12 VII 1998, S. Navarro y D. Veloz ( MHND: 1 male, 1 female); Cordillera Central 4.1 km, SW E 1 Convento, 18 ˚ 50 ’ 37 N, 70 ˚ 42 ’ 48 W, Alt. 1730m, V 31 2003, J. Rawlins, R. Davidson, C. Young, C. Nunez, P. Acevedo, dense secondary evergreen forest with pine, hand collecting ( CMNH: 5 males, 2 females; BYU: 1 male, 2 females); Vic. Salta de Aguas Blancas, 19 VII 1996, M.C. Thomas ( FSCA: 2 females); Prov. Pedernales: N. of Pedernales, border rd, Rio Banana, S. of Arroyos, 18 ˚09’ 291 N, 71 ˚ 45 ' 540 W, 21 JUL 1999, Ivie & Guerrero ( WIBF: 3 males, 6 females); Prov. San Cristóbal: El Convento, Pinus forest on steep slopes above El Convento village, 1,700–1730 m, N 18 ˚ 50 ’ 574, W. 70 ˚ 42 ’ 189 ”, 20 XI 2003, leg. T, Szűts ( HNHM: 1 female).

Distribution. Dominican Republic: Prov. Pedernales and Prov. La Vega. Blake (1939) indicated two localities in La Vega—Constanza to Jarabacoa and Constanza; Borowiec (1999) indicated La Vega.

Remark. In contrast to Blake (1939), we found no consistent pattern of elytral brown spots and no significant difference in the aedeagus from the other Asteriza species.

MCZ

Museum of Comparative Zoology

USNM

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

WIBF

West Indian Beetle Fauna Project Collection

CMNH

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

BYU

Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum

FSCA

Florida State Collection of Arthropods, The Museum of Entomology

HNHM

Hungarian Natural History Museum (Termeszettudomanyi Muzeum)

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Chrysomelidae

Genus

Asteriza

Loc

Asteriza darlingtoni Blake, 1939

Shin, Chulwoo, Chaboo, Caroline S. & Clark, Shawn M. 2012
2012
Loc

Asteriza darlingtoni

Perez-Gelabert 2008: 125
Takizawa 2003: 97
Borowiec 1996: 129
Wilcox 1975: 154
Blackwelder 1946: 748
Blake 1939: 238
1939