Bidessus nesioticus Guignot, 1956

Bergsten, Johannes, Ranarilalatiana, Tolotra & Biström, Olof, 2020, A new species of Bidessus from Anjozorobe-Angavo and a review of Malagasy Bidessus (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae), European Journal of Taxonomy 720, pp. 1-18: 13-14

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https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2020.1109

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DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4329749

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scientific name

Bidessus nesioticus Guignot, 1956
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Bidessus nesioticus Guignot, 1956  

Figs 2A View Fig , 3E View Fig

Bidessus nesioticus Guignot, 1956: 77   .

Bidessus nesioticus   – Bistr̂m 1985: 35. — Rocchi 1991: 85. — Nilsson 2001: 115. — Nilsson & Hajek 2020: 104.

Diagnostic characters

Head frontally not margined; somewhat posterior to frontal edge (between eyes) with a transverse depression which becomes indistinct medially. Pronotum on disc with a quite broad, almost impunctate area (fine scattered punctures discernible). Pronotal striae quite deeply impressed, distinctly angled (striae not smoothly curved). Basal striae of elytra moderately long, not deeply impressed. Sutural lines distinct; posteriorly they fade away a short distance before apex; anteriorly, distinguished almost up to posterior edge of pronotum. Size of punctures on each side of basal striae rather fine, almost of equal size. Apical ventrite with fine, quite sparse punctures. Female with posterior outline of elytra smooth (no minor extension). Penis, dorsal aspect comparatively broad and short; in lateral aspect curved. Apex of penis not distinctly extended ( Fig. 3E View Fig ).

Body length 1.6–1.7 mm. Shiny, dorsally not microsculptured (frontally on head fragments of reticulation distinguished). General color of body dark piceous to blackish. Pronotum discally on each side with a well-delimited, testaceous spot. Elytra with vague, slightly paler, longitudinal markings. Apex of elytra slightly paler. Base of antenna and legs in part slightly paler.

Material examined

Holotype

MADAGASCAR • 1 ♂; Ankaratra , Tsiafajavona; 2500 m a.s.l.; Jun. 1947; J. Millot leg.; MNHN. [Note that Bistr̂m (1985) during his revision of the group, was unable to locate this holotype that we have since rediscovered.]  

Additional material

MADAGASCAR • 1 spec.; Antananarivo former province, Vakinankaratra region, Manjakatompo Stn Forestière, Anosiarivo ; 19.34489° S, 047.30414° E; 2073 m a.s.l.; 24 Jan. 2012; T. Ranarilalatiana and J.H. Randriamihaja leg.; collecting event MAD-MJK12-13; lake near source; NHRS-JLKB000025031 GoogleMaps   20 specs (preserved in ethanol); same collection data as for preceding; NHRS-JLKB000024967 GoogleMaps   5 specs; same collection data as for preceding; FMNH GoogleMaps   5 specs; same collection data as for preceding; PBZT / MBC GoogleMaps   5 specs; same collection data as for preceding; BMNH GoogleMaps   5 specs; same collection data as for preceding; DEUA GoogleMaps   18 specs (preserved in ethanol); Fianarantsoa former province, Haute Matsiatra region, Andringitra NP, lake north east of camp 3; 22.17373° S, 46.9016° E; 2026 m a.s.l.; 2 Dec. 2013; J.H. Randriamihaja and T. Ranarilalatiana leg.; collecting event MAD13-33; small lake in open area; NHRS-JLKB000025023 GoogleMaps   5 specs; same collection data as for preceding; PBZT / MBC GoogleMaps   4 specs; Fianarantsoa former province, Ankaratra massif, ca 2.7 km WNW of Manjakatompo; 19°21′57″ S, 47°18′22.5″ E; 1814 m a.s.l.; 19 Dec. 2017; Ramahandrison and Manuel leg.; large grassy temporary pond, beneath slope with pine trees, with Conchostraca crustaceans; CMM GoogleMaps   .

Distribution

Endemic species to Madagascar and known from the Ankaratra and Andringitra mountain massifs in central Madagascar ( Fig. 4C View Fig ).

Collecting circumstances

This is a high-elevation alpine species on Madagascar, only known from above 1800 m altitude. The type material was collected at 2500 m altitude near the Ankaratra peak Tsiafajavona in 1947. TR and Jacquelin Herisahala Randriamihaja found it in an overflooded glade near a source in 2012 at a slightly lower elevation on Ankaratra (2073 m) ( Fig. 6A View Fig ). Additionally, they discovered the species for the first time outside Ankaratra in a small lake with vegetation at 2026 m elevation in Andringitra NP further south in 2013 ( Fig. 6B View Fig ). A few specimens were collected in a clearwater grassy pond as low as 1814 m in the Ankaratra mountain by A.T. Ramahandrison and M. Manuel in 2017.

MNHN

France, Paris, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle

FMNH

USA, Illinois, Chicago, Field Museum of Natural History (also used by Finnish Museum of Natural History)

PBZT

Madagascar, Antananarivo, Parc Botanique et Zoologique de Tsimbazaza

BMNH

United Kingdom, London, The Natural History Museum [formerly British Museum (Natural History)]

MNHN

Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle

FMNH

Field Museum of Natural History

PBZT

Parc Botanique et Zoologique de Tsimbazaza

MBC

Montgomery Botanical Center

CMM

Culture Collection of Phytopathogenic Fungi (Colecao de Culturas de Fungos Fitopatogenicos Prof. Maria Menezes)

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Dytiscidae

Genus

Bidessus

Loc

Bidessus nesioticus Guignot, 1956

Bergsten, Johannes, Ranarilalatiana, Tolotra & Biström, Olof 2020
2020
Loc

Bidessus nesioticus

Nilsson A. N. & Hajek J. 2020: 104
Nilsson A. N. 2001: 115
Rocchi S. 1991: 85
1991
Loc

Bidessus nesioticus

Guignot F. 1956: 77
1956