Pucaya Ohaus, 1910

Paucar-Cabrera, Aura & Moore, Matthew Robert, 2018, New tribal placement and review of Parapucaya Prell and Pucaya Ohaus (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Dynastinae), ZooKeys 805, pp. 127-158: 143

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Pucaya Ohaus, 1910


Pucaya Ohaus, 1910  Figs 4, 6, 35-36, 37, 38, 39, 40

Pucaya  Ohaus, 1910: 675.


The genus Pucaya  contains two species, P. castanea  Ohaus and P. pulchra  Arrow. López-García et al. (2015) compared type specimens and synonymized P. punctata  Endrődi with P. pulchra  based on similarities in body length, pronotal and elytral punctation, and the fact that the description of P. punctata  was based on the color and punctation of a single female in a species where color pattern and punctation are variable.

Pucaya  is distinguished from other cyclocephalines by its broadly truncate clypeus that conceals the mandibles; a small horn or tubercle near each eye (horns not as developed in Ecuadorian specimens as in Panamanian specimens); parameres with round, minute spinules (bumps) on the apical half; and a characteristic binodose pronotum.

Specimens can be taken at light traps, and some have been collected with pitfall traps. In Ecuador, species of this genus are widely distributed as follows: Chocó region in the coast; premontane, montane, and cloud forests in the Andean region; and rainforests in the Amazon basin. Life history information is lacking.