Pelonium tayrona, Opitz, Weston, 2019

Opitz, Weston, 2019, Descriptions of new genera and new species of Western Hemisphere checkered beetles (Coleoptera, Cleroidea, Cleridae), Linzer biologische Beiträge 51 (2), pp. 959-1076: 1010-1011

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Pelonium tayrona


Pelonium tayrona   OPITZ nov.sp. ( Figs 44. 130 View Figs 43-60 View Figs 61-91 View Figs 92-100 View Figs 101-117 View Figs 118-133 , 241 View Figs 237-242 , 335 View Figs 334-337 )

Holotype: ♂. Type locality: COLOMBIA: Magdalena, PNN Tayrona Neguanje , 10 m. 21-III-5-IV- 2001, 11°20'N 74°2'W, R. Henriquez, M1482 ( FSCA). GoogleMaps  

D i a g n o s i s: The genus Pelonium   SPINOLA was revised in 2018 ( OPITZ 2018b). This work included a key to species groups and species. The available specimen of Pelonium tayrona   keys out to Pelonium   circum OPITZ, from which it differs by showing more pronounced pronotal lateral tubercles.

D e s c r i p t i o n: Size: Length 12.0 mm; width 4.0 mm. Form: As in Fig. 335 View Figs 334-337 . Color: Cranium castaneous; antenna bicolorous, scape testaceous, remainder dark brown; pronotum mostly testaceous, disc with 2 large brown maculae; pterothorax dark brown; elytra light brown; legs bicolorous, femora and tibiae light brown, tarsi dark brown; abdomen light brown. Head: Cranium coarsely punctate; antenna ( Fig. 44 View Figs 43-60 ) capitate, funicular antennomeres shorter towards capitulum, capitular antennomeres 9 and 10 with short collateral branch, antennomere 11 oblong/subtruncate; eyes large, coarsely facetted, eye wider than frons (EW/FW 35/15). Thorax: Pronotum ( Fig. 130 View Figs 118-133 ) oblong (PW/PL 78/85), disc coarsely punctate, lateral tubercles well developed; elytra sculptured with small asetiferous punctures that diminish near elytral middle (EL/EW 245/65). Abdomen: Pygidium scutiform; aedeagus as in Fig. 241. View Figs 237-242

N a t u r a l H i s t o r y: The holotype was collected during March.

D i s t r i b u t i o n: This species is known from Colombia.

E t y m o l o g y: The trivial name, tayrona, is a noun in apposition and refers to the type locality.


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