Platypria yunnana Gressitt, 1939,

Sekerka, Lukáš, Jia, Fenglong, Pang, Hong & Borowiec, Lech, 2016, Cassidinae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) types deposited at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, Zootaxa 4084 (1), pp. 50-78: 71

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http://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4084.1.2

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scientific name

Platypria yunnana Gressitt, 1939
status

 

Platypria yunnana Gressitt, 1939 

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Platypria yunnana Gressitt, 1939a: 183  .

Type locality. China, Yunnan Prov., Mengzi Co., 20 mi S of Mengzi, Black Dragon [the locality is unknown to us].

Original type series. Holotype ( LMNH), two paratypes from the type locality ( LMNH, coll. Gressitt) and one from Yunnanfu ( USNM).

Type material examined. Holotype, pinned: ‘ Yunnan, South China | Dragon Noir (20 mi. | south of Mengtsz), | alt. 5000 feet. | August 19, 1934. | Ernst R. Tinkham [w, p, cb] || HOLOTYPE | PLATYPRIA  [hw] | YUNNANA [hw] | J.L.Gressitt [r, p + hw by Gressitt, cb] || 39 [w, t, cb] || PLATYPRIA  | YUNNANA | GRESSITT [w, hw by Gressitt, cb] || [vernacular name in Chinese, hw] | Platypria yunnana  [hw] | Gressitt [hw] | det. Li-Zhong Hua [in Chinese, p] 1982 [hw] [w, p, cb] || En-289766 | [Data Matrix barcode] SYS [w. p, cb]’.

Current status. Valid species.

Remarks. Gressitt (1939a) mentioned that one paratype was deposited in LMNH, however, we were unable to find such specimen.

The species was synonymized along with other species of this group with P. hystrix (Fabricius, 1798)  by Würmli (1978). Chen et al. (1986) considered all species described from China after 1938 valid and this classification was followed in recent catalogue ( Borowiec & Sekerka 2010). However, the validity of individual taxa is questionable. Gressitt (1939a) differentiated P. yunnana  by sparsely pubescent elytra with rather short hairs while typical P. hystrix  has densely pubescent elytra with long hairs. This character seems to be constant examining larger series of both taxa and thus we leave P. yunnana  as valid species. On the other hand it has identical position of elytral spines which are on average only slightly shorter than in P. hystrix  thus still P. yunnana  might prove to be only northern population of widespread P. hystrix  .

Chen et al. (1986) separated P. yunnana  from P. hystrix  by number of spines on posterior explanate lateral plate of the elytra being four in the first species and three in the other. The holotype of P. yunnana  has four spines on the posterior plate, however, we have examined additional specimens agreeing otherwise with the holotype which had only three. Similarly specimens of P. hystrix  have usually three spines on the posterior plate but sometimes four. Therefore this character is not useful for separating these two taxa.

LMNH

Museum d'Histoire naturelle

USNM

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

SYS

Zhongshan (Sun Yatsen) University

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Chrysomelidae

Genus

Platypria

Loc

Platypria yunnana Gressitt, 1939

Sekerka, Lukáš, Jia, Fenglong, Pang, Hong & Borowiec, Lech 2016
2016
Loc

Platypria yunnana

Gressitt, J. L. 1939: 183