Neefioides , Bellamy, C. L., 2003

Bellamy, C. L., 2003, The Madagascan Coraebini (Coleoptera: Buprestidae: Agrilinae): Part 4, New genera and species, Zootaxa 174, pp. 1-19: 16

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Genus Neefioides  , gen. nov.

Type species: Cisseis rufobasalis Fairmaire, 1897  (present designation).

Gender: Masculine.

Description. Small, elongate, subcylindrical, flattened above, transversely convex below; with a portion of elytra covered by a dense yellow­orange setal fascia. Head with frontovertex longitudinally depressed; eyes large, inner margins converging ventrad, circumocular groove present from just beyond dorsal apex around inner margin to just beyond ventral margin, confluent with biarcuate supra­antennal groove; frontoclypeal plate very narrow between antennal foveae; clypeal margin feebly arcuate; gena obtuse, rounded apically; surface with sparse covering of short white recumbent setae; antennae serrate from antennomere 5. Pronotum wider than long; disc with feeble median elevation, two broad oblique lateroposterior depressions, one on either side; one small sinuate costa present on either side from just anterior to lateroposterior angle extending anteriad; a narrow area on anterolateral portion with moderately dense covering of recumbant white setae. Scutellum triangular. Elytra wider than pronotum, widest at humeri; lateral margin widening from rounded anterior angle, more or less straight from humerus to anterior 1 / 3, then narrowing in feeble arcuate sweep to midpoint before slightly widening at posterior 1 / 3, then narrowing to conjointly rounded apex; just beyond anterior margin, a broad depression between humerus and scutellum; disc otherwise feebly, transversely convex; epipleuron deflected ventrally, extending from anterior angle to opposite anterior margin of metacoxa; lateral margin entire until finely serrulate apical angle. Prosternum moderately projecting bilobed mentonniere, process trilobed. Pygidium with disc entire, without projecting spine or teeth, posterior margin entire, not visible past elytral apices. Abdomen with pleurites visible from above; ventrites 1 and 2 completely connate, sutural remnant not even indicated at high magnification between surface imbrications; ventrites 3 and 4 subequal in length, each shorter than 5; 5 broadly arcuate; 3 ­ 5 with deep groove along lateral margin. Legs: tibiae with several fine short spines projecting beyond distal margin; metatibia with setal comb of fine short spines along distal half of length; tarsi with ventral pulvilli on tarsomeres 1­4, pulvillus on 4 feebly bilobed distally; tarsal claws with strong basal appendix. Male genitalia short, parameres very narrow, arcuate laterally ( Fig. 25).

Etymology. This new genus is named for the similarity to Neefia  , described above.

Remarks. This new genus bears strong resemblance to Neefia  , gen. nov. described above, but differs by the combination of character states outlined in Table 2, principally the different structure of the frontclypeal region of the head, the relatively simple structure of the pronotum, the bilobed mentonniere and the very different structure of the aedeagus.