Neaporia deanna Gordon and Hanley

Gordon, Robert D. & Hanley, Guy A., 2017, South American Coccinellidae (Coleoptera), Part XVII: systematic revision of Western Hemisphere Cephaloscymnini (Coccinellinae) with description of a cryptic new genus and species of Coccidulini (Coccinellinae), Insecta Mundi 2017 (601), pp. 1-158: 18-19

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Neaporia deanna Gordon and Hanley

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6. Neaporia deanna Gordon and Hanley   , new species

Description. Male. Length 3.0 mm, width 2.5 mm; body short, wide, elytra much wider than pronotal base, widest at anterior 1/3 of elytra. Dorsal surface shiny except elytron with trace of microsculpture. Color purplish black, head with 3 yellow vittae extended from basal 1/3 to apex of frons, vitta narrowly joined at apex ( Fig. 77 View Figures 65–81 ); pronotum with explanate lateral margin reddish yellow; scutellum pale red; elytron with lateral border narrowly reddish yellow ( Fig. 75 View Figures 65–81 ); mouthparts, antenna yellow except apical 1/3 of apical maxillary palpomere dark brown; legs and ventral surface pale reddish yellow. Head punctures coarse, separated by less than a diameter; pronotal punctures slightly smaller than head punctures, separated by a diameter or less; elytral punctures larger than pronotal punctures, separated by a diameter or less; prosternal, mesosternal punctures large, indistinct, separated by less than a diameter; metasternum smooth, nearly without punctures except some sparse, coarse punctures on anterior bor- der laterally; punctures on abdominal ventrites 1–3 large, separated by less than 3 times a diameter, punctures on remaining ventrites small, separated by about a diameter, apex of 5th ventrite with row of short, coarse setae posterior to apical emargination. Head with frons slightly wider than an eye measured at vertex ( Fig. 77 View Figures 65–81 ); eye canthus short, barely visible; apical maxillary palpomere short, wide, narrowed to apex in apical 1/5. Pronotum widest posterior to apical angle. Elytron with reflexed lateral margin narrow, widened from base to apex. Epipleuron flat, wide in basal ½, as wide as pronotal hypomeron. Prosternum short, wider than long, slightly shorter than mesosternum, apical margin truncate, without anterolateral projection ( Fig. 78 View Figures 65–81 ). Postcoxal line on ventrite 1 short, narrow, evenly rounded, extended 2/3 distance to apical margin of ventrite. Apex of ventrite 5 deeply emarginate medially. Genitalia with basal lobe slightly shorter than paramere, wide in basal ½, gradually narrowed in apical ½ to truncate apex; paramere widest medially, narrowed to narrowly rounded apex, dorsal margin with trace of blunt serrations medially and large, reflexed tooth near apex ( Fig.79, 80 View Figures 65–81 ); sipho robust, wide throughout, apex narrowly trifurcate, not seen in image ( Fig. 81 View Figures 65–81 ).

Female. Similar to male except head entirely dark, without maculation. Genitalia with spermathecal capsule short, wide, evenly curved at middle, basal 1/3 and cornu enlarged.

Variation. Length 2.6 mm to 3.0 mm, width 2.3 to 2.5 mm. Basal ½ of elytral suture sometimes narrowly pale red.

Type material. Holotype male; CANAL ZONE: 100 m, 5.0 mi. Gamboa, 09 o 10'00"N 079 o 45'00"W, Sample 5–1, 6 Apr 1976, Montgomery & Lubin coll. Canopy fogging experiment in Luhea seemanni, Pyrethrin fog. ( USNM) GoogleMaps   . Paratypes; 10, 5, same data as holotype GoogleMaps   ; 1, same data as holotype except date 22–24Oct1975 GoogleMaps   ; 1, Barro Colorado GatunLakePan, R.C. Shannon, 7–17–23; 2, Panama Canal Zone, Barro Colorado Is., 9 o 10'N 79 o 50'W, 12.VII.1977, H.A. Hespenheide. ( USNM) GoogleMaps   .

Remarks. Neaporia deanna   does not resemble any other known species of Neaporia   . It has a distinctive color pattern, male prosternal process. male 5th abdominal ventrite, and macula on the male head. It is one of several species of Cephaloscymnini   found in canopy fogging exercises conducted in Central America and South America, although not all paratypes were collected in that fashion.


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