Muisca hirtula,

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Muisca hirtula


Muisca hirtula  ( KLUG, 1842) ( Figs 16View Figs 14-33, 51, 94, 103, 130)

Enopliun hirtulum KLUG, 1842: 367. Holotype: Gender not known. Brazilien ( Brazil) (ZMHB) CORPORAAL 1950: 281.

D i a g n o s i s: The members of this species resemble superficially those of M. togata  , but M. hirtula  specimens differ in that the elytral dark spot is in the form of a "checkmark", which is not the case in M. togata  specimens.

R e d e s c r i p t i o n: Size: Length 4.5 mm; width 2.0 mm. Form: As in Fig. 130View Figs 129-132. Color: Mostly testaceous, cranium and thorax castaneous; posterior region of elytra with

Figs 59-68: Pronota. (59) M. fera  . (60) M. heppneri  . (61) M. octonotata  . (62) M. maculosa  . (63) M. mestolinea  . (64) M. omma  . (65) M. anachyma  . (66) M. lateripunctata  . (67) M. magdalena  . (68) M. tetraspilota  .

small brown "check mark" near sutural margin. Head: Funicular antennomeres subfiliform, 5 th funicular antennomere expanded laterally, capitulum large, much longer than combined length of funicular antennomeres, capitular antennomeres 9 and 10 triangular, distal margin slightly concave ( Fig. 16View Figs 14-33), antennomere 11 obovate; eyes coarsely facetted and bulging, frons narrower than width of eye (EW/FW 25/20). Thorax: Pronotum (Fig. 51) oblong (PW/PL 68/90), side margin with slightly developed tubercle, disc coarsely punctate; elytral asetiferous punctation subseriate, punctures extend to elytral apical 3/4 th (EL/EW 220/60). Abdomen: Male 6th visible sternite slightly concave; aedeagus, phallic apex as in Fig. 103View Figs 98-106

V a r i a t i o n: Size: Length 3.2-7.0 mm; width 1.3-2.8 mm. The brown "check mark" on the elytral disc may only be faintly visible.

N a t u r a l h i s t o r y: Specimens have been collected during March, June,

October-December, some at 860 m.

D i s t r i b u t i o n ( Fig.94View Fig): In addition to the holotype, I examined 56 specimens: Brazil: Estado do Bahia, Cachimbo,?-?-1890, Ch. Pujol  ; S.Antonio da Barra, 11-XII-1988, Gounelle?- VI- 1972, 860 m, M. Alvarenga; Encruzilhada ,?- XI-1974, M. Alvarenga  ; Itapetingam ,?- XI-1969, M. Alvarenga  ; Estado do Minas Gerais, Pedra Azul ,?- XI- 1974, M. Alvarenga  ; Estado do Espirito Santo, Calatinia ,?- X-1969, F. M. Oliveira  ; Linhares ,?- IX-1973, M. Alvarenga  ; Estado do Mato Grosso, Diamantino, Fazenda Rio Arinos ,?- X-1983, Eurides Furtado  ; Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Guanabara ,?- XII-1972, M. Alvarenga  ; idem,?- III-1964, M. Alvarenga. Specimens are deposited in CMNH, FSCA, MNHN and WOPC  .


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