Stebnickiella zosterixys Skelley

Skelley, Paul E., 2007, New South American taxa of Odontolochini Stebnicka and Howden (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Aphodiinae), Insecta Mundi 2007 (22), pp. 1-15: 14

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Stebnickiella zosterixys Skelley

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Stebnickiella zosterixys Skelley   , new species

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Type material. Holotype female, label data: “ Peru: Dept. Loreto, 1.5 km. N. Teniente Lopez 2 o 35.66’S, 76 o 06.92’W, 26 July 1993, 210- 240m, Richard Leschen #213, ex: flight intercept trap / [red paper] HOLO- TYPE Stebnickiella zosterixys P. E. Skelley 2007   ” ( SEMC). GoogleMaps  

Description. Female body length 3.3 mm, width 1.5 mm; elongate, constricted at middle ( Fig. 26 View Figure 26-28 ). Head surface smooth, evenly distributed punctures small, shallow, dense, at base intermixed with slightly larger punctures. Pronotal surface smooth, evenly distributed punctures mixed, small to moderate, shallow, dense; pronotal base with broad transverse band of extremely large, deep punctures in a broad transverse depression ( Fig. 28 View Figure 26-28 ). Meso- and metatibia gradually widening to moderately broad apex ( Fig. 27 View Figure 26-28 ). Elytral intervals with irregular row of punctures on each side of middle; strial punctures slightly elongate, touching next puncture.

Comments. Probably more than any odontolochine, the morphology of Stebnickiella   indicates it is potentially an inquiline with ants or termites. It is unique in its general appearance and can not be confused with any aphodiine presently known.

Etymology. The species name is based the distinctive pronotal surface which appears to have a belt of punctures around a constricted waist, in Greek belt = zoster and waist = - ixys (gender feminine).


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