Micropodabrus jendeki, Švihla, 2005

Švihla, Vladimír, 2005, New taxa of the subfamily Cantharinae (Coleoptera: Cantharidae) from south-eastern Asia with notes on other species II, Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 45, pp. 71-110 : 78-79

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Micropodabrus jendeki

sp. nov.

Micropodabrus jendeki   sp. nov.

( Figs. 14, 18 View Figs View Figs )

Type locality. Northern Laos, 20 km NW of Louang Namtha, 21°09.2′N, 101°18.7′E, 800- 1000 m a.s.l.

Type material. HOLOTYPE: J, ‘ Laos north, 20 km NW Louang Namtha, 21°09.2′N, 101°18.7′E, alt. 900 ± 100 m, 5.-11.v.1997, E. Jendek & O. Šauša lgt.’ ( NMPC) GoogleMaps   . PARATYPE: same data, 1 J ( NMPC).

Description. Coloration. Head black, mouthparts chestnut brown, antennae black, ventral sides of first three antennomeres sometimes sepia. Prothorax honey yellow, meso- and metathorax and abdomen black. Legs sooty, scutellum black, elytra indigo.

Male. Eyes large and strongly protruding, head across eyes distinctly wider than pronotum, temples straight and convergent posteriorly. Antennae ( Fig. 14 View Figs ) very slightly exceeding elytral midlength, antennomeres 3-7 each with sharply delimited, longitudinal, very finely punctate area. Surface of head very finely imbricate-punctate, finely and sparsely brown pubescent, matt. Pronotum moderately longer than wide, its anterior margin rounded, anterior corners obtusely rounded, lateral margins sinuately diverging posteriorly, posterior corners nearly sharp, posterior margin sinuate laterally and rounded in its middle. Surface of pronotum very finely rugulose-lacunose, sparsely and finely yellow pubescent, semilustrous. Elytra parallelsided, elytral nervation almost invisible to completely missing, surface of elytra ruguloselacunose, finely yellow pubescent, matt. Aedeagus very similar to that of M. kantnerorum   sp. nov. ( Fig. 9 View Figs ) in ventral view; dorsal part of aedeagus as in Fig. 18 View Figs View Figs . Female unknown.

Length J: 6.7-7.1 mm.

Differential diagnosis. In the key by WITTMER (1988), M. jendeki   sp. nov. falls in the vicinity of M. pseudolongiceps   , M. pseudonotatithorax   , and M. chaoi   . In its shape of the antennomeres and its smaller body size it most resembles M. pseudolongiceps   , described from Yunnan, from which it differs in the straight antennomeres 4-7 (cf. WITTMER 1988), entirely yellow pronotum and entirely black legs. Another similar and related species of a smaller size is M. horaki Wittmer, 1995   from Thailand, from which the new species differs in larger and more protruding eyes and less protruding and less rounded corners of middle antennomeres (cf. WITTMER 1995b). From M. kantnerorum   sp. nov. the new species differs in a smaller body length, dark antennae and legs, central spot on the pronotum and, especially, in sharply delimited areas of finer punctation on antennomeres and a different shape of the dorsal part of the aedeagus.

Etymology. Dedicated to one of its collectors, Eduard Jendek (Bratislava, Slovakia).

Distribution. Northern Laos.


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