Muisca anachyma,

Opitz, Pitz Pinola Weston, 2018, Classification, Natural History, and Evolution of the Subfamily Peloniinae O (Coleoptera: Cleroidea: Cleridae). Part IX. Taxonomic revision of the New World genus Muisca S, Linzer biologische Beiträge 50 (1), pp. 587-653: 616-618

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Muisca anachyma


Muisca anachyma  OPITZ nov.sp. ( Figs 33View Figs 14-33, 65, 96, 139)

Holotype: ♂. COLOM. Magd., 7000', San Lorenzo , 41 km S Sta. Marta, V-2-1973, Campbell & Howden ( CNCI). 

D i a g n o s i s: Muisca anachyma  specimens may be distinguished from those of its sister species, M. mestolinea  , by coloration of the elytral disc. In M. anachyma  specimens, the elytral disc is nearly uniformly light castaneous, each elytron with a faint indication of 3 punctiform infuscations. In M. mestolinea  specimens, the elytral disc shows 4 dark brown lines. Also, the sutural margin is castaneous in specimens of M. anachyma  . The margin is dark brown in specimens of M. mestolinea  .

D e s c r i p t i o n: Size: Length 5.5 mm; width 2.3 mm. Form: As in Fig. 139View Figs 137-140. Color: Mostly light castaneous; each elytron with 3 obliquely positioned faint spots behind middle. Head: Funicular antennomeres filiform, capitulum shorter than combined length of funicular antennomeres, capitular antennomeres 9 and 10 long-triangular ( Fig. 23View Figs 14-33), antennomere 11 obovate; frons wider than width of eye ( EW /FW 25/40). Thorax: Pronotum (Fig. 65) quadrate ( PW /PL 110/110), side margin with well-developed tubercle, punctation distributed throughout disc; elytral asetiferous punctation minute, interstitial spaces wide, substriate but diminished to elytral apex ( EL /EW 340/95). Abdomen: Pygidium subquadrate, posterior margin concave.

N a t u r a l h i s t o r y: The holotype was collected during May, at 2134 m. E t y m o l o g y: The specific epithet, anachyma, is a Greek adjective that means "expanse". The name refers to the comparatively large width of the elytral interstitial spaces.

D i s t r i b u t i o n ( Fig.96View Fig): This species is known from Colombia.


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