Muisca lateripunctata,

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: 620

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Muisca lateripunctata


Muisca lateripunctata  ( SCHENKLING, 1906) (Figs 66, 96, 113, 143)

Pelonium lateripunctata SCHENKLING, 1906: 314. Lectotype. ♂. Here designated. ( Colombia, Boyaca), Muzo (SDEI). CORPORAAL 1950: 281. Paralectotype. 1 specimen. Colombia: Las Tibayer (SDEI). In his description Schenkling indicates that there was more than one specimen available to him, but he did not tag one of these to be the name baerer of this nominal species. Therefore, I invoke Recommendation 73F of the ICZN (1999) and designate a lectotype.

D i a g n o s i s: Muisca lateripunctata  specimens may be distinguished from those of its sister species, M. heppneri  , by coloration near the elytral humeral angle. In M. lateripunctata  specimens the humeral region is marked by one irregularly shaped brown macula. There are 2 distinct black maculae near the humeral angle in M. heppneri  specimens.

R e d e s c r i p t i o n: Size: Length 7.0 mm; width 2.5 mm. Form: As in Fig. 143View Figs 141-144. Color: Predominantly light castaneous, angular dark castaneous markings behind humeral angle and behind middle of elytral disc. Head: Funicular antennomeres filiform, capitulum about as long as combined length of funicular antennomeres, capitular antennomeres 9 and 10 oblong triangular, antennomere 11 obovate; frons wider than width of eye (EW/FW 30/35). Thorax: Pronotum (Fig. 66) oblong (PW/PL 70/100), side margin with well-developed tubercle, disc widely subglabrous at middle; elytral asetiferous punctation subseriate, puntures extend to elytral apical 3/4 th (EL/EW 125/35). Abdomen: Pygidium subquadrate; 6 th visible sternite broadly emarginate in posterior margin; aedeagus phallobase wide in basal half, narrow in distal half, phallobasic lobes slightly flared, phallic apex ( Fig. 113View Figs 107-115) triangular, phallic plate with cross-plate.

D i s t r i b u t i o n ( Fig.96View Fig): This species is known only from Colombia. A specimen is deposited in SDEI.