Pella tianmuensis, Yan, Zhu-Qi & Li, Li-Zhen, 2015

Yan, Zhu-Qi & Li, Li-Zhen, 2015, Description of Pellatianmuensis sp. n. from eastern China (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae), ZooKeys 539, pp. 147-150: 148-150

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Pella tianmuensis

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Taxon classification Animalia Coleoptera Staphylinidae

Pella tianmuensis   sp. n. Fig. 1


The new species is characterized by dark coloration of body, bicoloured elytra (yellowish maculation extending from humeral angles to mesal area), absence of a sexual dimorphism of the head, a basally curved and apically obtuse (lateral view) ventral process of the aedeagus, and a pronounced and long crista apicalis of the aedeagus.

Type material

(17 ♂♂, 27 ♀♀). Holotype: 1 ♂, labelled 'China: Zhejiang Prov., Lin’an City, W. Tianmushan (西天目山), nr. Kaishanlaodian (开山老殿), 30°20'45"N; 119°25'34"W, alt. 1200 m, 30.v.2014, Xiao-Bin Song & Liang Tang leg. // HOLOTYPE [red], Pella tianmuensis   sp. n., Yan & Li det. 2015, SNUC’. Paratypes: 16 ♂♂, 27 ♀♀, same label data as holotype, all bearing the following label: 'PARATYPE [yellow], Pella tianmuensis   sp. n., Yan & Li det. 2015, SNUC’.


Body (Fig. 1A) length: 4.56-6.60 mm. Coloration: fore body black; elytra bicoloured, with yellowish maculation extending from humeral angles to mesal area; abdomen brownish-black, with posterior margins of segments yellowish-brown; legs and antennae dull-red.

Head (Fig. 1A) widest anteriorly; surface finely reticulate, covered with short golden setae; antennomeres VI–X distinctly transverse (Fig. 1B). Pronotum (Fig. 1A) 1.28 times as wide as long and 1.40 times as wide as head; widest approximately in anterior third, narrowed posteriorly; surface covered with short golden setae; hypomera fully visible in lateral view. Elytra (Fig. 1A) approximately 1.08 times as long as pronotum; covered with short golden setae; humeral angle with one macroseta. Hind wings fully developed. Abdomen (Fig. 1A) widest at segments III–IV; surface with transverse microsculpture.

Male. Tergite VIII (Fig. 1C) with posterior margin slightly emarginate, its emarginated apex weakly serrate; sternite VIII (Fig. 1E) with posterior margin rounded; median lobe of the aedeagus (Figs 1 H–J) cone-shaped in ventral view; ventral process of aedeagus curved at base, obtuse at apex in lateral view; copulatory piece as in Fig. 1J.

Female: Tergite VIII (Fig. 1D) with posterior margin truncate and weakly crenate; sternite VIII (Fig. 1F) with 12 or 13 pairs of macrosetae. Spermatheca (Fig. 1G) coiled three times.


BL: 4.56-6.56; FBL: 2.19-2.67; HW: 0.87-0.93; PL: 0.92-1.01; PW: 1.22-1.32; EL: 1.02-1.18; EW: 1.45-1.54; SL: 0.79-0.82.

Biological notes.

Most material of the new species was taken by sifting mixed leaf litter around the nest of Lasius (Dendrolasius) spathepus   , together with three species of Homoeusa   Kraatz, 1858 and with Dendrolasiophilus monstrotibialis   ( Hlaváč, Sugaya & Zhou, 2002). At least three Pella   and some Homoeusa   beetles were observed walking along the ant trails. Approximately five Pella   individuals were observed eating dead caterpillars together with Lasius   workers.


Based on the size of eyes, the shapes of the pronotum, the bicolored elytra, and the morphology of the aedeagal median lobe, Pella tianmuensis   belongs to the Pella cognata   group, of which four species are known from China: Pella kishimotoi   Maruyama, 2006, Pella sichuanensis   Zheng & Zhao, 2014, Pella puetzi   Assing, 2009, and Pella maoershanensis   Song & Li, 2013. The new species is distinguished from Pella kishimotoi   by the broader and shorter ventral process of the aedeagus in ventral view; from Pella sichuanensis   by the darker color of the body, and by the length of the elytra slightly exceeding that of the pronotum ( Pella sichuanensis   : EL/PL= 0.86); from Pella puetzi   and Pella maoershanensis   by the absence of a sexual dimorphism of the head and the different shape of the ventral process of the aedeagus, especially in lateral view.


The specific epithet is derived from the type locality.