Pseudestoloides costaricensis Breuning and Heyrovsky, 1961,

Santos-Silva, Antonio, Wappes, James E. & Galileo, Maria Helena M., 2018, Descriptions and synonymies in American Desmiphorini (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Lamiinae), Zootaxa 4375 (4), pp. 451-501: 458

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Pseudestoloides costaricensis Breuning and Heyrovsky, 1961


On Pseudestoloides costaricensis Breuning and Heyrovsky, 1961  and Pseudestoloides affinis Martins and 

Galileo, 2009

According to Breuning and Heyrovsky (1961) the holotype of Pseudestoloides costaricensis  belonged to Heyrovsky’s collection. Currently, this collection is deposited in the NMPC collection. However, according to Jiří Hájek, curator of the collection (personal communication), the holotype is not there. We tried to find it in several museums, but without success. Breuning (1974a: fig. 7) figured a specimen as being P. costaricensis  . However, the elytral apex is not as described in the original description or redescription, and the antennomeres are light pubescent also, unlike the description.

Martins and Galileo (2009) described P. affinis  and compared it with P. costaricensis  (translated): “ P. affinis  sp. nov. is similar to P. costaricensis  , however has scape with notable projection on inner apex, a feature that was not mentioned in the redescription of the genus ( Breuning, 1974a: 80). Furthermore, according to the description of P. costaricensis  , the head have long setae; the elytra are widely truncate at apex, with outer angle projected, but obtuse, and the elytra have a few punctures surrounded by small black circle. In P. affinis  , the head did not show notable long setae; the elytra are spiniform at outer angle, and the black circle on elytra are more abundant.” Actually, although the holotype does not show distinct setae on head, they are present in the paratype ( Figs. 45–49View FIGURES45–54). It is possible that the female present in the MZSP collection ( Figs. 50–54View FIGURES45–54) identified as P. costaricensis  is a female of P. affinis  . However, it is not possible to know if P. affinis  is really different from P. costaricensis  without examining the holotype.

Material examined. COSTA RICA, Puntarenas: R. B. Monteverde ( Est. La Casona , 1520 m), paratype male, 5–19.XI.1994, K. Martinez col. ( MZSP). Heredia: 

Est. Biol. la Selva (50–150 m, 10º26'N / 84º01'W), 1 female, IX.1999, INBio-OET col. ( MZSP).GoogleMaps 


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Sao Paulo, Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo