Atheta (Hydrosmectomorpha) meduxnekeagensis, Webester and Klimaszewski, 2018

Klimaszewski, Jan, Webster, Reginald P., Davies, Anthony & Bourdon, Caroline, 2018, Description of Hydrosmectomorpha Klimaszewski and Webster, a new subgenus of Atheta C. G. Thomson, with three new Canadian species (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae), Insecta Mundi 648, pp. 1-12: 4-5

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Atheta (Hydrosmectomorpha) meduxnekeagensis
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new species

Atheta (Hydrosmectomorpha) meduxnekeagensis   Webster and Klimaszewski, new species

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Holotype (male). Canada, New Brunswick, Carleton Co., Belleville “Meduxnekeag Valley Nature Preserve”, 46.1942°N, 67.6832°W, 9. VI.2008 R.P. Webster   // River margin, among small cobblestones set in sand and fine gravel near water’s edge ( CNC) GoogleMaps   . Paratypes. New Brunswick, Queens Co., Waterborough, Grand Lake at Youngs Cove , 45.96358°N, 65.99793°W, 4.VIII.2005, R.P. Webster   // Lake margin, cobblestone beach, under cobblestones ( RWC) 1 female GoogleMaps   ; New Brunswick, Queens Co., Cambridge, Grand Lake at Whites Cove , 45.86795°N, 66.06415°W, 4.VIII.2005, R.P. Webster   // Lake margin, cobblestone beach, under cobblestones ( LFC) 2 males, 2 females, ( RWC) 3 males, 4 females GoogleMaps   ; New Brunswick, Queens Co., Grand Lake at Goat Island , 46.0110°N, 66.0133°W, 24.VII.2007, R.P. Webster   // Lake margin, on cobblestone beach under cobblestones, ( RWC) 1 male, 1 female GoogleMaps   ; New Brunswick, Carleton Co., Belleville “Meduxnekeag Valley Nature Preserve”, 46.1942°N, 67.6832°W, 9. VI.2008 R.P. Webster   // River margin, among small cobblestones set in sand and fine gravel near water’s edge ( LFC) 2 males, 3 females, ( RWC) 5 males, 5 females GoogleMaps   ; New Brunswick, Restigouche Co., Jacquet River Gorge PNA, 47.8257°N, 66.0768°W, 16. VI.2009 R.P. Webster   // Balsam poplar forest, medium sized stream near outflow into Jacquet River on partially shaded cobblestone island among cobblestones ( LFC) 1 female, ( RWC) 2 males, 1 female GoogleMaps   ; New Brunswick, Restigouche Co., Kedgwick Forks , 47.9085°N, 67.9057°W, 22. VI.2010, R.P. Webster   // River margin, gravel bar, among gravel and cobblestones ( RWC) 1 female GoogleMaps   ; New Brunswick, Northumberland Co. Amostown, 46.5339°N, 66.2094°W, 11.VIII.2006, R.P. Webster   , coll. // Margin of Miramichi River , among cobbles near water ( RWC) 1 female GoogleMaps   .

Non-paratypes. Canada, British Columbia, N’Kwata Recreation Area at Nicola River, 511 m, elev., 50.1596°N, 121.0502°W, 2.VII.2015, R. Webster   & M.A. Giguère // river margin, among cobblestones and gravel ( LFC) 1 female, ( RWC) 5 males, 6 females GoogleMaps  

Etymology. The species name refers to the Meduxnekeag River where the holotype and many paratypes were collected. Meduxnekeag is a Maliseet word meaning “rough or rocky at its mouth”, presumably applied to the mouth of the river itself. The entire length of this river in NB has a rocky margin including its mouth.

Diagnosis. Body subparallel, flattened ( Fig. 16 View Figures 16–23 ), length 2.6–3.0 mm (mean = 2.8 mm (N = 10), NB specimens); colour dark brown to almost black, with legs and elytra except for scutellar region paler, reddish- or yellowish-brown ( Fig. 16 View Figures 16–23 ); integument slightly glossy, forebody with fine, moderately dense punctation and faint meshed microsculpture; head slightly narrower than pronotum, eyes large and slightly protruding ( Fig. 16 View Figures 16–23 ); antennae moderately robust, antennomeres I–VII highly elongate, VIII–X slightly to distinctly elongate ( Fig. 16 View Figures 16–23 ); pronotum widest at apical third (0.51 mm) ( Fig. 16 View Figures 16–23 ); elytra distinctly elongate and broader than pronotum (0.61 mm, at shoulders), flattened, at suture about as long as pronotum ( Fig. 16 View Figures 16–23 ); abdomen subparallel, broadest before middle, gradually tapering apicad. Male. Apical margin of tergite VIII slightly ( NB specimens) to distinctly (BC specimens) sinuate, with only one small lateral denticle on each side ( Fig. 19a, b View Figures 16–23 ); apical margin of sternite VIII moderately produced, rounded ( Fig. 20 View Figures 16–23 ); tubus of median lobe of aedeagus in lateral view moderately wide, ventral margin arcuate in basal half, narrow and slightly curved ventrad apically ( Fig. 17 View Figures 16–23 BC, 18 NB). Female. Apical margin of tergite VIII in NB specimens shallowly, broadly emarginate, angular near lateral margin ( Fig. 21a View Figures 16–23 ), more produced, lobe-like laterally in BC specimens ( Fig. 21b View Figures 16–23 ); sternite VIII broadly arcuate apically ( Fig. 22 View Figures 16–23 ); spermatheca short, capsule narrowly tubular and club-shaped, apical invagination small and shallow, stem straight to base with small globular swelling ( Fig. 23 View Figures 16–23 ).

Distribution. Origin: Nearctic. CANADA: BC, NB.

Habitat and collection data. Habitat. In NB, this species occurs in various cobblestone habitats along river and lake margins. Adults usually occurred among cobblestones and gravel near water’s edge, often in areas with slowed current along fast flowing rivers where there was a build-up of fine debris and growth of algae on cobblestones. This species was also found along lake margins where wave action has created conditions similar to the flowing water of rivers. BC specimens were collected from a river margin among cobblestones and gravel. Collecting period. VI–VIII. Collecting method. Hand collecting from among cobblestones near river and lake margins.

Comments. Atheta (H.) meduxnekeagensis   is most likely transcontinental in Canada, but cobblestone habitats are not sufficiently sampled for aleocharines across Canada, and at present there is a substantial gap in the known distribution of this species. The specimens from BC differ somewhat from those from NB and are tentatively associated with this species and therefore excluded from the paratype series. The specimens from BC have darker elytra, are on average larger (2.9–3.1 mm (mean = 3.06 mm (N = 8) vs 2.6–3.0 mm (mean = 2.8 mm (N = 10) for NB specimens, BC specimens have a larger aedeagus (0.48 mm in length vs 0.43 mm in NB specimens) and more curved apical part of median lobe of aedeagus in lateral view with somewhat differently shaped internal structures, apical margin of male tergite VIII is slightly ( NB) and distinctly sinuate (BC), and female sternite is more deeply emarginate in BC specimens than those from NB. We therefore only tentatively associate the BC population with this species. Material from intervening areas of Canada should help resolve the taxonomic status of these, at present, disjunct populations.

VI

Mykotektet, National Veterinary Institute

R

Departamento de Geologia, Universidad de Chile

CNC

Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Staphylinidae

Genus

Atheta