Itagonia tibialis, Reitter, 1887

Shi, Ai-min, 2013, Two new species of Itagonia Reitter (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae, Blaptini) from China, ZooKeys 309, pp. 1-12: 4-8

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Itagonia tibialis

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Itagonia tibialis   ZBK   sp. n. Figs 16-29, 44-45

Type material.

Holotype male: China, Sichuan, Jinchuan, 31°29'N, 102°05'E, 2647 m, 31 Jul. 2012, Y. C. Li and Y. P. Lai leg. (MCWNU). Paratypes: 9 males and 5 females, same data as the holotype (MCWNU).


This new species can be distinguished from other Itagonia   species by the following differences: each elytron with traces of two longitudinal carinae; inner surface of male protibiae with arcuate prominence near base. Itagonia tibialis   sp. n. belongs to the group including also Itagonia bisetosa   Medvedev, 1998, Itagonia tuberculata   Shi et al., 2010 and Itagonia trisetosa   Medvedev, 1998. Representatives of this group differ from other Itagonia   species in having apicale of aedeagus flat, smoothly tapering from base to apex, forming no sharp narrowing in apical part (Figs 9, 11, 13, 22). Occurring together with Itagonia bisetosa   , Itagonia tuberculata   and Itagonia trisetosa   , the new species can be distinguished by upper edge of inner surface of profemur forming in apical part rectangular tooth. Also, the described species sharply differs from Itagonia bisetosa   and Itagonia trisetosa   in having less than anterior 1/2 of outer margin of epipleura visible from above, and from Itagonia tuberculata   in having the pronotum widest before middle.


Named after the protibiae of male, inner surface of which has an arcuate prominence near base. This sharply differs from those of other species of Itagonia   .


Body black, elytra dull, other parts of body weakly shining.

Male (Figs 16, 18-26). Anterior margin of clypeus weakly sinuate. Lateral margin of head almost without incision above antennal base. Genal margin parallel before eyes. Eyes not protruding beyond contour of head. Vertex slightly convex or flat, with moderately dense punctures. Frontoclypeal suture very shallow or invisible. Antennae (Fig. 16) reaching or nearly reaching pronotal base. Length (width) ratio of antennomeres 2 to 11 as follows: 18(17): 67(18): 25(16): 27(17): 31(18): 31(18): 23(22): 22(24): 21(25): 31(23).

Pronotum (Fig. 18) 1.15-1.24 (1.19 on average, n=10) times as wide as long, maximum width before middle, 1.63-1.77 (1.68 on average, n=10) times as wide as head. Ratio of pronotal width at anterior margin to its maximum width and width at base (n=10) 0.55: 1.00: 0.94 on average. Lateral margins of pronotum sharply arcuately converging to anterior margin in anterior 1/3, slightly narrowing to base in basal half or nearly parallel in basal 1/4, entirely bordered. Anterior margin of pronotum weakly sinuate, bordered laterally; base straight, not bordered. Anterior angles of pronotum weakly obtuse, rounded apically; posterior ones weakly obtuse or nearly rectangular. Pronotal surface between lateral margins weakly convex, with shallow median depression at disc; punctures as large as those on head, fine at disc center and larger laterally. Propleura concave in basal half, with wrinkles and very sparse granules. Prosternum in front of procoxae gently sloping; intercoxal process with shallow median depression, steeply sloping behind procoxae.

Elytra elongate-oval, 1.56-1.65 (1.60 on average, n=10) times as long as wide, maximum width in anterior 1/3, 1.35-1.44 (1.41 on average, n=10) times as wide as pronotum. Less than anterior 1/2 of outer margin of epipleura visible from above. Elytral surface between epipleura and sutural margin convex. Each elytron with traces of 2 longitudinal carinae, dense granules and sparse irregular prominences. Epipleural surface smooth, with sparse wrinkles and very sparse granules. Abdominal ventrites with punctures and short brown setae, abdominal ventrites 1 to 3 with longitudinal wrinkles, basal two abdominal ventrites with concave impression in middle.

Legs (Figs 19-21) moderately robust, length (width) ratio of pro-, meso- and metafemora 74(26): 74(19): 100(21); tibiae: 70(11): 63(13): 95(14). Upper edge of inner surface of profemur with rectangular tooth in apical part. Inner surface of protibiae with arcuate prominence near base. Upper spur of protibiae not very massive, shorter than protarsomere 1, lower spur fine and pointed. Plantar surface of protarsomeres 1 and 2 and mesotarsomere 1 with hair brushes. Metatibiae weakly incurved, regularly widening apicad. Length (width) ratio of metatarsomeres 1 to 4 as follows: 25(6.4): 12(6.0): 12(5.7): 22(6.4).

Aedeagus (Figs 22-24): length 3.83 mm, width 0.79 mm. Apicale 1.33 mm long and 0.70 mm wide, with outer margins arcuately narrowing to apex. Spiculum gastrale as in Fig. 25. Apical margin of abdominal ventrite 8 sinuate (Fig. 26).

Female (Figs 17, 27-29). Body wider. Antennae (Fig. 17) shorter than in male. Pronotum 1.24-1.33 (1.28 on average, n=5) times as wide as long. Elytra 1.41-1.48 (1.44 on average, n=5) times as long as wide. Less than anterior 1/3 of outer margin of epipleura visible from above. Protibiae nearly straight. Upper spur of protibiae massive and rounded apically; lower spur fine. Metatibiae straight. Plantar surface of protarsomeres and mesotarsomeres without brush. Ovipositor as in Figs 27-28. Spiculum ventrale as in Fig. 29.


Male body length 13.4-15.1 mm, width 5.4-6.3 mm; female body length 13.8-15.6 mm, width 6.7-7.2 mm.