Xanthocorus nigrosuturalis Li & Ren

Li, Wenjing, Chen, Xiaosheng, Wang, Xingmin & Ren, Shunxiang, 2015, Contribution to the genus Xanthocorus Miyatake (Coleoptera, Coccinellidae, Chilocorini), ZooKeys 511, pp. 89-98: 91-93

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Xanthocorus nigrosuturalis Li & Ren

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Taxon classification Animalia Coleoptera Coccinellidae

Xanthocorus nigrosuturalis Li & Ren  sp. n. Figs 3 a–j, 5


This species resembles Xanthocorus nigromarginatus  , but can be distinguished from it by having slightly elongate body; black pronotum with only anterior angles yellow; elytra yellow with black elytral lateral margin, anterior margin and suture (Fig. 3 a–c); slender parameres (Fig. 3g). In Xanthocorus nigromarginatus  , body almost circular, pronotum black except anterior angles and anterior margin yellow; elytra yellow, only elytral lateral margin black (Fig. 2 a–c); parameres stout (Fig. 2g).


TL: 4.16-5.79 mm, TW: 3.35-4.81 mm, TH: 1.83-2.77 mm, TL/TW: 1.20-1.24, PL/PW: 0.47-0.51, EL/EW: 1.04-1.05.

Body broadly oval, moderately convex. Head and mouthparts black. Antenna brownish yellow, sparsely covered with short, greyish pubescence. Pronotum black with anterior angles yellow. Scutellum black. Elytra yellow with black elytral bead, anterior margin and suture (Fig. 3 a–c). Underside black except inner margins of elytral epipleura yellow. Abdominal ventrites brown, sparsely covered with short, greyish pubescence.

Head relatively large, 0.56 times pronotal width, punctation on frons large and densely distributed, 1.0-1.5 diameters apart, surface polished between punctation. Eyes approximately oval, densely faceted, interocular distance 0.51 times head width (Fig. 3c). Pronotum 0.55 times elytral width, pronotal punctation large and moderately densely distributed, smaller than those on head, 2.0-3.0 diameters apart, surface polished between punctation. Punctation on elytra moderately large and moderately densely distributed, 2.0-3.0 diameters apart, similar to those on pronotum. Prosternal process narrow with parallel sided. Posterior margin of male abdominal ventrite 5 distinctly emarginate and ventrite 6 slightly emarginate medially (Fig. 3d).

Male genitalia: penis slender, penis capsule with short outer and inner arms. Apex of penis bifurcate with membranous appendage (Fig. 3 e–f). Tegmen stout with penis guide distinctly asymmetrical in ventral view and with sides parallel from base to 2/3 length, then abruptly converging to blunt apex in lateral view. Parameres slender, strongly constricted at base, expanded toward apex, distinctly longer than penis guide, densely covered with long setae at inner surfaces and apices with group of long setae in lateral view (Fig. 3 g–h).

Female genitalia: coxites distinctly elongate, approximately triangular (Fig. 3i). Spermatheca C-shaped, cornu without appendage (Fig. 3j).


Holotype. male, China: Shannxi Prov: Daguping and Xihe Conservation Station, Foping National Nature Reserve, No. SCAU (E) 11475, [33°35.57'N; 107°50.25'E], ca 1428m, 22.vii.2009, Wang XM leg (SCAU). Paratypes. 1 male and 1 female with same data as holotype (1 female in SCAU, 1 male in IOZ); Sichuan Prov: 7 females, Mamize village, Leibo County, [28°25.02'N; 103°36.13'E], ca 2600m, 19-20.ix.2007, Liang JB leg (SCAU); 2 females, Dafengding National Nature Reserve, Meigu County, [28°60.77'N; 103°23.72'E], ca 2400m, 21.ix.2007, Chen XS leg (SCAU); 2 males and 1 female, Liziping National Nature Reserve, Shimian County, [29°09.89'N; 102°33.84'E], ca 2000m, 26-27.ix.2007, Chen XS leg (2 males in SCAU, 1 female in IOZ). Hubei Prov: 1 male and 1 female, Banqiao Conservation Station, Shennongjia National Nature Reserve, [31°45.90'N; 110°37.02'E], ca 1170m, 21-24.vii.2007, Wang XM leg (SCAU); 4 females, Guanmenshan Scenic Spot, Shennongjia National Nature Reserve, [31°42.94'N; 110°36.53'E], ca 1260m, 2.viiiI.2007, Chen XS leg (SCAU).


China (Hubei, Sichuan, Shannxi) (Fig. 5).


The species name is derived from Latin and refers to the black elytral suture.