Muisca malakela,

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: 628

publication ID

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

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4339233

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03DA3F7E-FFE0-FF98-0CF3-B3CDFCBCC45E

treatment provided by

Valdenar

scientific name

Muisca malakela
status

nov.sp.

Muisca malakela  OPITZ nov.sp. ( Figs 42View Figs 34-46, 73, 97, 151)

Holotype: ♀. Pérou ( Peru), Huambo, M de Mathan, IV Trim 1889 ( MNHN). 

D i a g n o s i s: Within the M. testacea  species group, only in the members of this species does each elytron show 7 brown maculations.

D e s c r i p t i o n: Size: Length 6.0 mm; width 2.3 mm. Form: As in Fig. 151View Figs 149-152. Color: Mostly light castaneous, frons and epicranium brownish, scape, pedicel, and funicular antennomeres yellow, capitulum brown; pronotal disc with 4 dark brown spots that coalesce via light brown flecks, each elytron with 7 brown flecks that show a bluish luster, humeral fleck elongate. Head: Funicular antennomeres subfiliform progressively more triangular, capitulum longer than combined length of funicular antennomeres, capitular antennomeres 9 and 10 triangular ( Fig. 42View Figs 34-46), antennomere 11 obovate; frons wider than width of eye ( EW /FW 25/34). Thorax: Pronotum (Fig. 73) quadrate ( PW /PL 80/80), side margin with shallow tubercle, disc subglabrous at midline; elytral asetiferous punctation minute, striate to distal 2/3 rd, ( EL /EW 260/70). Abdomen: Pygidium scutiform.

E t y m o l o g y: The specific epithet, malakela, is a Greek compound name that stems from mala (= much) and kelis (= stain). I refer to numerous flecks on the dorsum of this beetle.

D i s t r i b u t i o n ( Fig.97View Fig): This species is known only from Peru.

MNHN

Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle

PW

Paleontological Collections

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Cleridae

Genus

Muisca