Muisca mestolinea,

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: 615

publication ID

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4004283

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4339251

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03DA3F7E-FFD5-FFAD-0CF3-B2DAFCB7C2FC

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Valdenar

scientific name

Muisca mestolinea
status

nov.sp.

Muisca mestolinea  OPITZ nov.sp. ( Figs 32View Figs 14-33, 63, 96, 110, 140)

Holotype: ♂. ECUADOR, COTOPAXI, LAS PAMPAS, 12 JUN 1997, G. ONORE ( QCAZ). 

Paratypes: 23 specimens. Ecuador: Provincia de Cotopaxi, Las Pampas , 26-IV-1997, 1500 m, G. Onore ( QCAZ, 1)  ; N of San Francisco de los Pampas, vicinity Rio Esmeraldas, 14-15-V- 1993, 4400-5000 feet, Mercury vapor light, L. Herman ( AMNH, 1)  ; Provincia de Pichincha, Alluriquín , 26-I-1985, M. Jiménez ( QCAZ, 1)  ; Rio Mindo , 3-IV-2001, F. T. Hovore ( JNRC, 1)  ; Mindo , 26-I-2004, F. T. Hovore ( WOPC, 1)  ; Tinalandia , 2-XI-1983, L, Huggert ( WOPC, 3)  ; U del Toachi, Cuesta del Gallinazo , 6-III- 1997, 950 m, G. Onore ( WOPC, 1)  ; Provincia de Bolivar, Balzapamba ,?-III-IV-1894, M. de Mathan ( MNHN, 10; WOPC, 4)  .

D i a g n o s i s: Muisca mestolinea  specimens may be distinguished from those of its sister species, M. anachyma  , by coloration of the elytral disc. In M. mestolinea  specimens the elytral disc shows 4 dark brown lines. In M. anachyma  specimens the elytral disc is nearly uniformly castaneous with a faint indication of 3 punctiform infuscations. Also, the sutural margin is dark brown in specimens of M. mestolinea  , which is not the case in those of M. anachyma  .

D e s c r i p t i o n: Size: Length 5.5 mm; width 2.0 mm. Form: As in Fig. 140View Figs 137-140. Color: Mostly light castaneous; pronotum with 2 paralateral black lines; elytral sutural margins darkened and each disc with 4 black short lines. Head: Funicular antennomeres subfiliform, capitulum about as long as combined length of funicular antennomeres, capitular antennomeres 9 and 10 triangular ( Fig. 32View Figs 14-33), antennomere 11 obovate; frons wider than width of eye ( EW /FW 20/30). Thorax: Pronotum (Fig. 63) oblong ( PW /PL 73/85), side margin with well-developed tubercle, disc subglabrous at midline; elytral asetiferous punctation minute, striate to distal 2/3 rd ( EL /EW 230/60). Abdomen: Pygidium subquadrate; posterior margin of 6 th visible sternite concave at middle; aedeagus, phallic apex as in Fig. 110.View Figs 107-115

V a r i a t i o n: Length 5.2-7.3 mm; width 2.0- 2.7 mm. The infuscation of the sutural margin varies in expression.

N a t u r a l h i s t o r y: Specimens were collected from April to June, one with a Mercury vapor light set at an altitude between 1341-1524 m. One specimen was collected at 950 m.

E t y m o l o g y: The specific epithet, mestolinea, is a compound name that stems from the Greek mesto (= filled) and the Latin linea (= line). The name refers to the dark lines on the dorsum of this beetle.

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

QCAZ

Museo de Zoologia, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador

AMNH

American Museum of Natural History

MNHN

Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle

PW

Paleontological Collections

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Cleridae

Genus

Muisca