Geostiba (Sibiota) coeligena Gusarov,

Gusarov, Vladimir I., 2002, A revision of Nearctic species of the genus Geostiba Thomson, 1858 (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae), Zootaxa 81, pp. 1-88: 57-59

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Geostiba (Sibiota) coeligena Gusarov


10. Geostiba (Sibiota) coeligena Gusarov  , sp. n. ( Figs. 247­261View FIGURES 247 ­ 252View FIGURES 253 ­ 261)

Type material. Holotype ,, UNITED STATES: Tennessee / North Carolina: Sevier Co. / Swain Co.: Appalachian National Scenic Trail, W of Clingmans Dome, 16 km S Gatlinburg, 35 ° 33.88 'N 83 ° 31.41 'W, 1930 m, in forest litter, Picea  , Abies  , Betula  , Oxalis (V.I.Gusarov)  , 2001 ( KSEM).

Paratype:, as the holotype but 35 ° 33.74 'N 83 ° 30.84 'W, 1950 m, in forest litter, Abies  , Vaccinium  , Oxalis  ( SPSU).

Diagnosis. Geostiba coeligena  can be distinguished from other Nearctic species of Geostiba  by having small eyes (temple length to eye length ratio 4.0­ 5.6), pronotal pubescence of type V, reduced wings, short elytra (pronotum length to elytron length ratio 1.4), the absence of carinae on abdominal tergum 7 and the shape of the aedeagus ( Figs. 249­ 261View FIGURES 247 ­ 252View FIGURES 253 ­ 261).

Geostiba coeligena  differs from G. balsamensis  in lacking the carinae on male tergum 7; from G. nubigena  in having broader median lobe of aedeagus (in ventral view) ( Figs. 249­250View FIGURES 247 ­ 252, 219­ 220, 223 ­ 229View FIGURES 219 ­ 229), short distal diverticula ( Figs. 253, 256View FIGURES 253 ­ 261, 233­ 234View FIGURES 230 ­ 246) and large proximal diverticula of internal sac ( Figs. 253, 257­258View FIGURES 253 ­ 261, 234View FIGURES 230 ­ 246).

Description. Length 1.8­1.9 mm. Body brownish yellow to brown, antennae light brown, mouthparts and legs brownish yellow. Body parallel­sided.

Head as wide as long, surface on disk with fine isodiametric microsculpture, puncturation very fine, distance between punctures equal to 3­4 times their diameter. Temple length to eye length ratio 4.0­ 5.6. Antennal article 2 longer than article 3, article 4­10 transverse to strongly transverse, last article as long as 9 and 10 combined.

Pronotum as wide as long, width 0.34 mm, wider than head (pronotal width to head width ratio 1.1); microsculpture and puncturation as on head. Pronotal pubescence of type V. Elytra measured from humeral angle shorter than pronotum (pronotal length to elytral length ratio 1.4), wider than long (1.5), with fine isodiametric microsculpture and fine asperate puncturation, distance between punctures equals 2­3 times their diameter. Elytral suture behind scutellum very slightly raised. Wings reduced to short vestiges, shorter than elytra.

Abdominal terga with fine microsculpture of transverse meshes, with fine and sparse puncturation, puncturation becoming finer towards abdomen apex, on terga 3­5 distance between punctures equals 3­6 times their diameter. Tergum 7 without white edge.

Male tergum 7 without carinae. Posterior margin of male tergum 8 and sternum 8 convex ( Figs. 247­248View FIGURES 247 ­ 252).

Aedeagus as in Figs. 249­261View FIGURES 247 ­ 252View FIGURES 253 ­ 261. Apex of median lobe in lateral view strait ( Figs. 251­ 252View FIGURES 247 ­ 252).

Female unknown.

Distribution. Known from the Great Smoky Mountains massif west of Clingmans Dome ( Figs. 338View FIGURE 338, 340View FIGURE 340).

Natural History. Geostiba coeligena  was collected in forest litter at altitudes above 1900 m in leaf litter mostly in coniferous forest with Fraser’s fir ( Abies fraseri  ) and red spruce ( Picea rubens  ).

Etymology. The specific name is derived from the Latin noun coelum (the sky, the heavens) and the verb gigno (to be born, to arise). It refers to the high mountains where the species occurs.