Protoneura macintyrei Kennedy, 1939

Ellenrieder, Natalia Von & Garrison, Rosser W., 2017, A synopsis of the Neotropical genus Protoneura (Odonata: Coenagrionidae), Zootaxa 4361 (1), pp. 1-76: 28-29

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Protoneura macintyrei Kennedy, 1939


Protoneura macintyrei Kennedy, 1939 

Figs. 12View FIGURES 9–12 (♂ habitus), 36 (♀ habitus), 58 (♀ mes. plate), 82 (gen. lig.), 108 (♂ app.), 125 (map)

Protoneura macintyrei Kennedy, 1939: 1  –8, pl.1 figs 1–9, pl. 2 figs 1–7 (description of ♂ and ♀ from Ecuador, illustrations of color pattern, ♂ S10 and genital ligula, and ♀ mesostigmal plates, diagnosis from P. woytkowskii  );— Cowley (1941: 157, 162, 163, 166, 167, 169-171; descriptive comments, key to species in ‘tenuis’ group, map);— Garrison et al. (2003: 22, 23; type information);— Garrison et al. (2010: 379).

Primary types. Holotype ♂. Ecuador: Prov. de los Ríos, 5 iii 1938, W. Clarke-MacIntyre leg. [ UMMZ]. 

Specimens examined. 169 ♂ 16 ♀: ECUADOR, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas Prov.  : 2 ♂, La Lorena, Santo Domingo de los Colorados {0°15' S, 79°9' W, 530 m}, i 1941, D.B. Laddey leg. [ UMMZ]GoogleMaps  ; Esmeraldas Prov.  : 1 ♂, Urbina , 36.5 km NW of Lita on San Lorenzo highway, pools, seeps and stream (0°59' N, 78°40' W, 340 m), 3 ii 1997, W.F. Mauffray leg. [ FSCA]GoogleMaps  ; Los Rios Prov.  : 3 ♂, Río Palenque Biological Station, 47 km S of Santo Domingo de los Colorados {0°39' S, 79°15' W, 151 m}, 9 x 1988, S.W. Dunkle leg. [RWG]GoogleMaps  ; 2 ♂, same data but [ FSCA]GoogleMaps  ; 1 ♂, stream 16 km E of highway E25 from Formisa (0°43'32'' S, 79°20'54'' W), 23 ii 2010, K.J. Tennessen leg. [ FSCA]GoogleMaps  ; 122 ♂ 9 ♀, Playas de Juan Montalvo, near Balzapamba {1°41' S, 79°17' W, 15 m}, 10 iii –22 iv 1938, W. Clarke-Macintyre leg. [ UMMZ]GoogleMaps  ; 2 ♂ 3 ♀, same data but [RWG]GoogleMaps  ; 5 ♂, 2 ♀, same data but [ CSCA]GoogleMaps  ; Guayas Prov.: 25 ♂ 1 ♀, paratypes, NW of Guayaquil {2°44' S, 79°45' W, 15 m}, 5–7 iii 1938, W. Clarke-Macintyre leg. [ UMMZ]GoogleMaps  ; 5 ♂ 1 ♀, paratypes, same data but [ CSCA]GoogleMaps  .

Characterization. Male: Epicranium black with copper to greenish metallic reflections, dorsum of thorax black with orange stripes, dorsum of S1–2, 9 orange, remainder of dorsum dark brown with orange basal spots on S3–8; pale colors orange and yellow ( Fig. 12View FIGURES 9–12). Pronotum orange with black spot on center of anterior lobe, sides of middle lobe, and submedial area of posterior lobe. Mesepisternum black with broad orange stripe extending along humeral suture; mesepimeron black with small dorsal orange spot; metepisternum orange with small black spot on anteroventral corner black; metepimeron orange-yellow with a black stripe along metepisternal-metepimeral suture. Coxa, trochanter, basal 1/2 to 2/3 of femur yellow, tibia mostly yellow with some pale brown patches, and remainder of leg brown; tibial spurs shorter than twice intervening spaces. Genital ligula with distal margin approximately straight and with laterodistal corners projected ventrally ( Fig. 82View FIGURES 79–84). Cercus slightly shorter than S10 length, slightly longer than paraproct, about twice as long as wide, with a depression on external dorsolateral surface, dorsal margin convex and ventral margin slightly concave in lateral view ( Fig. 108aView FIGURES 106–108), with a small ventrobasal blunt tooth on outer surface; medial surface slightly concave, with a small blunt ventrobasal tooth, a partially membranous laminar medial lobe with tip located distal to midlength of cercus; tip of cercus curved medially forming a subapical oblique ridge, visible in dorsal and mediodorsal views ( Figs. 108b, cView FIGURES 106–108). Paraproct shorter than S10 length, at basal half narrowing to half its basal width and digitiform ( Fig. 108View FIGURES 106–108). TL 37–39.5; Hw 16.5–18.5.

Female: As male but pale colors yellow; pronotum black with lateral margins yellow; dorsum of S1–2, 8 dark brown; pale area of S9 extended dorsally medially to about 3/4 of segment height ( Fig. 36View FIGURES 33–36). Middle lobe of pronotum lacking pronounced lateral depressions; posterior lobe entire, directed posterodorsally, with sides straight and tip smoothly convex. Mesostigmal plate approximately triangular and flat (Fig. 58), with a transverse tearshaped depression with narrowly carinate posterior margin behind mesostigmal plate. TL 32–34; Hw 18–19.5.

Diagnosis. Protoneura macintyrei  shares male cercus longer than wide and with a laminar lobe on medial surface with P. calverti  , P. klugi  , P. scintilla  , P. tenuis  , and P. woytkowskii  ( Figs. 101b, cView FIGURES 100–102; 107–108b, c; 114b, c; 116b, c; 118b, c). Among them, it shares male cerci and paraprocts no longer than S10 length with P. klugi  and P. scintilla  ( Figs. 107–108aView FIGURES 106–108; 114a), and it can be distinguished from them by the paraproct distinctly shorter than cercus ( Fig. 108aView FIGURES 106–108), whereas in the other two species it is about as long as or slightly longer than cercus ( Figs. 107aView FIGURES 106–108; 114a), and by its mostly pale tibiae (dark in P. klugi  and P. scintilla  ) and posterior lobe of pronotum with medial 0.5 or less black (entirely black in P. klugi  and P. scintilla  ). It further differs from them by genital ligula morphology, with distal end straight and laterodistal corners projected into ventral processes with slightly reflected tips ( Fig. 82View FIGURES 79–84); in P. klugi  tips of laterodistal processes are bifid ( Fig. 81View FIGURES 79–84) and in P. scintilla  the distal end is triangularly convex and laterodistal corners are not projected into ventral processes ( Fig. 88View FIGURES 85–91). Female of P. macintyrei  shares an approximately triangular and flat mesostigmal plate with P. klugi  , P. sulfurata  , P. tenuis  , and P. woytkowskii  (Figs. 57; 58; 66; 68–70). It can be distinguished from them by the presence of a transverse tear-shaped depression with narrowly carinate posterior margin behind mesostigmal plate (Fig. 58), absent in all other species, in which mesepisternum is either smooth (Figs. 66; 68–70) or presents a transverse carina adjacent to mesostigmal plate posterior margin (Fig. 57).

Habitat and biology. Adults found at streams and pools and seeps associated with streams.

Distribution. Western Ecuador ( Fig. 125View FIGURES 125–126).


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Protoneura macintyrei Kennedy, 1939

Ellenrieder, Natalia Von & Garrison, Rosser W. 2017

Protoneura macintyrei

Garrison 2010: 379
Garrison 2003: 22
Kennedy 1939: 1