Phytoecia (Neomusaria) kazaryani, Danilevsky, 2020

Danilevsky, Mikhail, 2020, A new species of Phytoecia (Neomusaria) Plavilstshikov, 1928 from Armenia and a new species of Phytoecia (Parobereina) Danilevsky, 2018 from Iran (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae), Zootaxa 4747 (1), pp. 196-200: 196-197

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Phytoecia (Neomusaria) kazaryani

sp. nov.

Phytoecia (Neomusaria) kazaryani   sp. nov. ( Fig. 1 View FIGURES 1–5. 1 )

Type material. Phytoecia (Neomusaria) kazaryani   sp. nov., holotype, male, NW Armenia, Shirak, between Tsoghamarg and Toros [Torosgyukh] (approx. 40°56’20”N, 43°51’50”E), 24- 26.5.1999, P. Kazaryan leg.—author’s collection GoogleMaps   .

Other material examined. Phytoecia (Neomusaria) dantchenkoi Danilevsky, 2008   , holotype, male ( Fig. 2 View FIGURES 1–5. 1 ), Armenia, Megri distr. , Giumaratz, 6km N Shvanidzor 1780m, 39°00’N, 46°25’E, 20- 22.5.2005, A. Dantchenko leg.—author’s collection GoogleMaps   .

Phytoecia (Neomusaria) suvorowi Pic, 1905   , syntypes of Ph. suworowi König, 1906   , 1 male ( Fig. 3 View FIGURES 1–5. 1 ) and 1 female, each with 3 labels: (1) “Cotype” (red); (2) “Kaukasus, Olty, E.Koenig”, “1. VI.04” or “10. VI.04”; (3) “ Phytoecia suvorovi Koenig, N. Plavilstshikov   det.”—Zoological Museum of Moscow University.

Description. Body length: 8.5 mm, body width: 2.2 mm; only one male available; head, thorax and elytra black, antennae, legs and abdomen partly reddish-brown.

Head black, a little wider than thorax; genae, frons and vertex densely covered with orange recumbent pubescence and moderately long erect black setae; frons transverse; genae about as wide as lower eye lobes; eyes deeply emarginated; lower and upper eye lobes connected by very narrow conjugation about 5 ommatidia width; upper eye lobes separated by about same distance as antennal tubercles; mandibles unicuspid.

Antennae a little surpassing elytral apices by top of 11 th joint; densely covered with fine pale pubescence with sparse short cilia on basal joints; dark-brownish, nearly black, with reddish 3 rd and 4 th joints which darker dorsally than ventrally; 3 rd antennal joint about as long as 4 th and longer than 1 st.

Prothorax about as long as basal width, cylindrical, without lateral tubercles, very slightly widened at middle, about as wide anteriorly as posteriorly; pronotum smooth, a little convex along middle, with two small callosities; with very dense wide orange setae stripe along middle totally covering space between callosities; lateral pronotal surface with sparser, finer orange pubescence much denser anteriorly than posteriorly; erect black pronotal setae short and sparse, nearly indistinct; posterolateral black glabrous pronotal areas not pronounced.

Scutellum transverse, semicircular, densely covered with orange recumbent pubescence.

Elytra converging posteriorly, about 2.6 times longer than basal width; elytral pubescence consists of very short, moderately dense, recumbent yellowish pubescence and look uniformly grey-yellowish up to top, elytral apices not darkened; elytral punctation very small, not arranged longitudinally, interspaces near elytral middle much wider than dots; very short erect sparse black setae are distinct near elytral base only; elytral costae nearly indistinct; longitudinal elytral depression hardly pronounced; elytral apices roundly truncated.

All legs bicolorous; tarsi black; anterior tibiae totally orange, middle and hind tibiae orange with black distal halves; all femora orange with narrowly blackish bases; 1 st joint of posterior tarsi about as long as 2 nd and 3 rd combined.

Thoracic prosternum, mesepisternum, mesepimeron and metepisternum evenly covered with very dense orange recumbent pubescence; abdomen totally black with dense orange recumbent pubescence, becoming very dense posteriorly, so 4 th and 5 th visible sternites look orange; pygidium rounded apically, strongly convex and also covered with very dense recumbent orange pubescence.

Differential diagnosis. Only one Ph. (Neomusaria) was previously known from Armenia: Ph. (N.) dantchenkoi Danilevsky, 2008   ( Fig. 2 View FIGURES 1–5. 1 ) described on the basis of a male from the southeasternmost area of the Republic (Megri environs). It is not similar to the new species because of much lighter (yellow) body pubescence, transverse prothorax with indistinct pronotal callosities, lateral pronotal areas look black without pale recumbent pubescence; head and pronotum with dense and long back erect setae; genae much shorter than lower eye lobes; legs much darker: anterior tibiae with black outer surface, anterior femora black with yellow apical spot, middle and hind legs almost totally black.

The new species is similar to Ph. (N.) suvorowi Pic, 1905   ( Fig. 3 View FIGURES 1–5. 1 ) which is widely distributed in Turkey; but Ph. (N.) suvorowi   has transverse prothorax with rather big callosities; glabrous posterolateral black pronotal areas distinct; genae much shorter than lower eye lobes; legs considerably darker: black femora bases much wider, middle and hind femora with black apices; 4 th– 5 th visible abdominal sternites totally yellow-orange.

Distribution. This species is known from Shirak province of Armenia (between Tsoghamarg and Torosgyukh, approx. 40°56’20”N, 43°51’50”E). It is likely to be found in northeastern Turkey.

Bionomy. Imagoes are active in May.

Etymology. The species is dedicated to Pavel Kazaryan (Erevan), who collected the holotype.


Mykotektet, National Veterinary Institute