Hyboptera viridivittis Chaudoir, 1872

Erwin, Terry L. & Henry, Shasta C., 2017, Hyboptera Chaudoir, 1872 of the Cryptobatida group of subtribe Agrina: A taxonomic revision with notes on their ways of life (Insecta, Coleoptera, Carabidae, Lebiini), ZooKeys 714, pp. 61-127 : 93-94

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Hyboptera viridivittis Chaudoir, 1872


Hyboptera viridivittis Chaudoir, 1872 Green-lined humps-backed beetle Figs 4B View Figure 4 , 5E View Figure 5 , 11 View Figure 11

Hyboptera viridivittis Chaudoir, 1872: 164.


(Here designated) Sex unknown. Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Cantagallo (RF Sahlberg)(MNHP).

Derivation of specific epithet.

The specific epithet, viridivittis , is a feminine Latin adjective referring to the green line pattern of the pronotum.

Proposed English vernacular name.

Green-lined humps-backed beetle.


With the attributes of the genus and angulicollis species group as described above and adults with patches of bright metallic green para-medially on pronotum, elytra dark matte black, some individuals with hint of metallic green near basal margin. Venter with gular region, prosternal region, meso- and metathroax, and margins of abdominal sterna infuscated, otherwise rufous.


(Figs 4B View Figure 4 , 5E View Figure 5 ). Size: See Appendix 1. Length (SBL) medium for genus, ABL = 4.65-5.27 mm, SBL = 3.76-4.17 mm, TW = 2.18-2.59 mm.

Color: See diagnosis, above.

Luster: Matte, pronotum and elytra with metallic highlights.

Microsculpture: Mostly isodiametric or stretched, shallowly impressed, cells more stretched around elytral tubercles.

Head: Rugae moderately coarse, mostly transverse or angulate. Eye large, sub-hemispheric, evenly rounded anteriorly, subtly more prolonged posteriorly. Antenna short, barely reaching humerus. Labrum rectangulate, shallowly bilobed, anterior margin slightly emarginate. Neck finely transversely rugose.

Prothorax: Pronotum moderately broad, disc centrally depressed along midline with dense transverse rugae. Lateral margins broadly explanate and obtusely angulate medially then moderately arcuate to obtuse hind angle, base medially produced and rounded posteriorly.

Pterothorax: Normal for Agrina , fully winged. Elytron interval 3 with 8 and interval 5 with 6 unisetiferous tubercles, other intervals moderately convex, side margin narrowly explanate laterally, slightly more so medially. Elytron moderately broad and short, slightly narrower than the pronotum at the broadest part, apex truncate, slightly rounded with distal corner broadly and obtusely rounded, disc not significantly convex, basal third slightly depressed. All interneurs well-impressed.

Legs: Femur dorso-ventrally moderately depressed, tibia coequal in length, more depressed; tarsus less than half the length of the tibia, fourth tarsomere markedly bilobed and with tarsal pad of setae.

Abdomen: Sparsely setiferous; normal ambulatory setae on sterna 3-5; female with two pairs of ambulatory setae on sternum 6, medial pair of setae less than the length of lateral pair; males with only the lateral pair of longer setae.

Male genitalia: Phallus (Fig. 5E View Figure 5 ) with ostium of 1/5 its length, catopic, apex moderately long, narrowly rounded, broad in dorsal aspect; endophallus with flagellum (mid-part obvious in illustration), flagellum not barbed. Parameres asymmetric, right very small, left larger.

Female genitalia: Not investigated, likely similar to that of H. lucida (Fig. 8 View Figure 8 ).

Dispersal potential.

These beetles are macropterous and probably capable of flight. They are moderately swift and agile runners.

Way of life.

Adults are found in April-June, the early dry season, in lowlands (75-846 m.a.s.l.) in the Mata Atlântica.

Other specimens examined.

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22.9522°S, 43.2109°W, 459m, 1883 (P Germain)(NMNH: ADP136142, female) GoogleMaps , Santa Catarina, Nova Teutonia , 27.1833°S, 52.3833°W, 300-500m, April 1977 (F Plaumann)(CAS: ADP007617, male), May 1977 (F Plaumann)(CAS: ADP007597, ADP007601, males, ADP007599, ADP007618, females), June 1977 (F Plaumann)(CAS: ADP007600, ADP007616, females) GoogleMaps .

Geographic distribution

(Fig. 11 View Figure 11 ). This species is currently known from the states of Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina, and São Paulo in the Mata Atlântica of Brazil.


Reichardt (1971, 1973) reported the following additional specimens that we did not see: Brazil - Minas Gerais: no locality (2 exs. MNHP). Rio de Janeiro: Nova Friburgo (l ex. BMNH). Guanabara, (5 exs. BMNH, MNHP, MZSP). São Paulo: Barueri (l ex. MZSP). Santa Catarina: Nova Teutonia (1 ex. BMNH), Corupá (1 ex. MCZ). Additionally, Chaudoir (1872) mentioned he had two specimens; therefore, a lectotype needs to be designated. Reichardt (1973) mistakenly writes he saw the “holotype.” We have chosen the first of Chaudoir’s specimens as the Lectotype (see above).














Hyboptera viridivittis Chaudoir, 1872

Erwin, Terry L. & Henry, Shasta C. 2017

Hyboptera viridivittis

Chaudoir 1872