Muisca fera,

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Muisca fera


Muisca fera  (W OLCOTT, 1927) ( Figs 20View Figs 14-33, 59, 95, 106, 133)

Muisca fera  WOLCOTT, 1927: 97. Holotype. ♂. Turrialba, Costa Rica, Schild & Burgdorf USNM Type No. 40864 (USNM). CORPORAAL 1950: 280. Allotype: Costa Rica: Provincia de Cartago, Turrialba, Schild & Burgdorf (USNM).

D i a g n o s i s: Muisca fera  specimens may be distinguished from those of its sister species, M. signa  by markings of the elytral disc In M. fera  specimens each elytron shows two black spots near the humeral angle and a curvate black fascia at the center of the disc. In M. signa  specimens the elytral dark markings are more linear and angular. Also, M. fera  specimens do not show two paralateral dark lines on the pronotal disc. Such lines are present in M. signa  specimens.

R e d e s c r i p t i o n: Size: Length 6.5 mm; width 2.2 mm. Form: As in Fig. 133View Figs 133-136. Color: Light castaneous, except each elytron with 2 black spots in humeral region and curvate black fascia at middle of disc. Head: Funicular antennomeres subfiliform, capitulum about as long as combined length of funicular antennomeres, capitular antennomeres 9 and 10 oblong triangular ( Fig. 20View Figs 14-33), antennomere 11 obovate; frons as wide as width of eye (EW/FW 27/27). Thorax: Pronotum (Fig. 59) oblong (PW/PL 87/100), side margin with well-developed tubercle, disc subglabrous at middle; number of elytral asetiferous punctation reduced, punctures striate, prominent along sides of at basal 5 th just beyond discal middle, single row of punctures at basal ½ of sutural margin (EL/EW 200/65). Abdomen: Pygidium subquadrate, distal margin strongly concave; 6 th visible sternite doubly incised; aedeagus phallobase wide in basal half, tapered to lobe apices, phallic apex triangular ( Fig. 106View Figs 98-106).

V a r i a t i o n: Size: Length 4.8-6.5 mm; width 1.3-2.2 mm. Other than body size, the available specimens are quite homogeneous.

N a t u r a l h i s t o r y: One specimen was collected in June at 760 m, another on a "light sheet" at 1500 m. D i s t r i b u t i o n ( Fig.95View Figs 95): In addition to the 2 types, I examined one specimen: Costa Rica:

Provincia de Alajuela, 10°42'65''N 65°02'43''W, Hotel Alberque Heliconias, 25-27-VI-2001, J. & A. Rifkind, P. Gum, I. Lopez. Specimens are deposited in JNRC and USNM.