Chiridopsis nigrostillata ( Boheman, 1862 ), Boheman, 1862

Świ, Jolanta, 2017, A monograph of the Afrotropical Cassidinae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Part 4. Revision of the genus Chiridopsis Spaeth, Zootaxa 4316 (1), pp. 1-85: 43

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Chiridopsis nigrostillata ( Boheman, 1862 )


Chiridopsis nigrostillata ( Boheman, 1862)  

( figs 17 View FIGURES 17 – 19 , 83, 84 View FIGURES 80 – 86 )

Coptocycla nigrostillata Boheman, 1862: 393   ; Gemminger and Harold, 1876: 3672; Spaeth, 1914: 131. Chiridopsis   (?) nigrostillata: Spaeth, 1924: 343   ; Borowiec, 1999: 301.

Description. Le: 5.9 mm, Wi: 4.7 mm, Lp: 2.2 mm, Wp: 3.6 mm; Le/Wi: 1.26, Wp/Lp: 1.64.

Pronotum yellow ( fig. 83 View FIGURES 80 – 86 ), disc with six black spots: elongate stripe before scutellum, triangular in front of median stripe, rhomboidal on sides, and very small laterally to the rhomboidal spots, close margin of disc. Scutellum yellow. Elytra yellow, each elytron with three rows of small, black spots: first along suture, second along middle, and third along sides; first and third row with four, middle row with six spots. Clypeus black, thorax and abdomen mostly black, only abdominal sternites with yellow margins. Legs and antennae yellow.

Pronotum regularly elliptical ( fig. 83 View FIGURES 80 – 86 ), approximately 1.7 times wider than long, with maximum width in the middle, sides broadly rounded. Disc moderately convex, microreticulate but smooth and glabrous. Explanate margin very broad, almost horizontal, smooth and glabrous.

Scutellum triangular, impunctate. Base of elytra distinctly wider than pronotum ( fig. 83 View FIGURES 80 – 86 ), humeri moderately protruding anterad, subangulate, margin behind humeral angle not emarginate. Disc moderately, regularly convex ( fig. 84 View FIGURES 80 – 86 ), without impressions. Punctation regular, very fine, especially on slope. Punctures in marginal row only slightly coarser than on sides of disc. Intervals flat, in sutural half of disc several times, in lateral half of disc twice to thrice wider than rows, their surface smooth and glabrous. Explanate margin moderately broad, in the widest part approximately 2.5 times narrower than width of each disc, moderately declivous, its surface glabrous, in side –light appears shallowly punctate.

Clypeus broad ( fig. 17 View FIGURES 17 – 19 ), approximately 1.5 times wider than long, distinctly convex, with distinct median groove, extending from apex to 3/4 length of clypeus; deep clypeal lines converging in triangle. Surface of clypeal plate microreticulate, but glabrous. Prosternal collar long, slightly longer than length of third antennal segment, on sides distinctly angulate. Antennal grooves deep and long. Antennae slim, extending behind basal margin of pronotum by two segments, length ratio of antennal segments: 100:43:63:70:50:50:53:53:57:53:90.

Ventrites with no diagnostic characters. The supposed basal tooth of claws moderate.

Distribution. Described generally from “Africa”, the only other known specimens were collected in KwaZulu-Natal ( South Africa).

Remarks. Chiridopsis nigrostillata   belongs to the group of species with black pattern of numerous black spots on pronotal and elytral disc. Three species of the group have a pair of black spots behind scutellum and one or two pairs of black spots close to suture: Ch. nigrostillata   , Ch. tanganikana   and Ch. tessellata   (83, 84, 96–101). Both relatives differ in slimmer body with length/width ratio 1.32–1.43 versus 1.26 in Ch. nigrostillata   , pronotum with only 4 black spots vs. 6 in Ch. nigrostillata   and elytral disc without row of black spots along middle of elytron, only with two spots in anterior third while in Ch. nigrostillata   runs complete row of 5 black spots. Ch. tessellata   differs also in prosternal collar not angulate on sides while in Ch. nigrostillata   and Ch. tanganikana   prosternal collar is distinctly angulate on sides.

Types examined. Holotype: Africa (BMNH).

Other specimen examined. SOUTH AFRICA: Hluhluwe NP, I 1949, 1, H. K. Munro (LS); Zulu, 1, Tragårdh ( NRS).  


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Chiridopsis nigrostillata ( Boheman, 1862 )

Świ, Jolanta 2017

Coptocycla nigrostillata

Borowiec 1999: 301
Spaeth 1924: 343
Spaeth 1914: 131
Harold 1876: 3672
Boheman 1862: 393