Xanthocorus Miyatake, 1970

Li, Wenjing, Chen, Xiaosheng, Wang, Xingmin & Ren, Shunxiang, 2015, Contribution to the genus Xanthocorus Miyatake (Coleoptera, Coccinellidae, Chilocorini), ZooKeys 511, pp. 89-98: 90-91

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Xanthocorus Miyatake, 1970


Taxon classification Animalia Coleoptera Coccinellidae

Xanthocorus Miyatake, 1970 

Exochomus (Xanthocorus)  Miyatake, 1970: 312. Type species: Exochomus (Xanthocorus) nigromarginatus  Miyatake, 1970, by original designation. Validated by Kovář 1997: 24.


The genus Xanthocorus  can be distinguished from other genera of the tribe Chilocorini  by the following combination of characters: antenna composed of 10 antennomeres, relatively slender, terminal antennomere very small and inserted in antennomere 9 (Fig. 1a); pronotal basal margin without bordering line; prosternal process narrow, without carinae (Fig. 1e); elytral epipleura distinctly oblique and without foveae; abdominal postcoxal lines semicircular, incomplete laterally (Figs 2d, 3d, 4d); front tibiae without apical spurs, mid and hind tibiae with two apical spurs (Figs 1h, 1i); tarsal claw with basal tooth (Fig. 1j).


Body broadly oval to almost circular in outline, moderately convex. Dorsum glabrous.

Head relatively large, 0.50-0.58 times pronotal width, covered with short, greyish pubescence; antenna composed of 10 antennomeres, relatively slender, scape and pedicel stout, of the same width, and pedicel distinctly shorter than scape, antennomeres 3-8 gradually broadening, antennomere 9 slightly narrower than 8, and terminal antennomere short, partially embedded in antennomere 9 (Fig. 1a). Mandible unidentate, prostheca distinct, lateral margin of mandible strongly curved (Fig. 1b). Terminal maxillary palpomere broadening apically, apical margin strongly obliquely truncate (Fig. 1d). Terminal labial palpomere stout with rounded apex (Fig. 1c).

Prothorax descending anteriorly. Base of pronotum and elytra not contiguous all along their length. Basal margin of pronotum without bordering line. Prosternum T-shaped, in front of coxae distinctly longer than basal width of prosternal process. Prosternal process narrow, parallel sided, without carinae (Fig. 1e). Mesoventrite approximately trapezoidal, mesal surface with emarginate fossa for receiving apex of prosternal process. Mesoventral process narrow; meso-metaventral process narrow, junction arcuate anteriorly, with visible suture (Fig. 1f). Metendosternite stalk as long as broad (Fig. 1g). Scutellum small,triangular. Elytra distinctly wider than pronotum at base, surface finely or coarsely punctate. Elytral epipleura distinctly oblique and without foveae. Abdomen with five ventrites in female and six ventrites in male. Abdominal postcoxal lines recurved, incomplete laterally. Front tibiae without apical spurs, mid and hind tibiae with two apical spurs (Fig. 1h, 1i); tarsal claw with basal tooth (Fig. 1j).

Key to species of the genus Xanthocorus  from China