Phytoecia (Parobereina) kashanica, 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: 197-198

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Phytoecia (Parobereina) kashanica

sp. nov.

Phytoecia (Parobereina) kashanica   sp. nov. ( Fig. 4 View FIGURES 1–5. 1 )

Type material. Phytoecia (Parobereina) kashanica   , sp. nov., holotype, male, Central Iran, Esfahan, 30km W Kashan, Niyasar env., 33°58’25.4”N, 51°08’35.6”E), 24- 26.5.1999, Richard Ambrus leg.—author’s collection GoogleMaps   .

Other material examined (author’s collection). Phytoecia (Parobereina) vittipennis vittipennis Reiche, 1877: 2   males, 6 females, Greece, Elatia, 1.6.1979, Hladil leg.; 2 males, Bulgaria, Sanfanski, 7.1974, A. Hoffer leg.  

Phytoecia (Parobereina) vittipennis pravei Plavilstshikov, 1926: 1   male, Armenia, 7 km W Vayk , 14.7.2001, M. Kalashyan leg.; 1 male, Armenia, Oktemberyan (now Armavir), 9.7.1977, A. Lobanov leg.   ; 1 male, Armenia, Megri   , 5.6.1955, M. Loginova leg.; 1 male, Georgia, Borzhomi   , 6.7.1988, O. Gorbunov leg.; 2 males, Azerbaijan, Talysh Mts., Zuvand   , 9.6.1985 and 13.7.1986, O. Gorbunov leg.; 1 male, 1 female, Azerbaijan, Talysh Mts., Gasmalyan env   ., 25.5.1987, A. Dantchenko leg.; 1 female, Azerbaijan, Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Kyukyu Mt   ., 17.6.1987, G. Davidyan leg.; 1 female, Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Buzgov   , 3.7.1986, A. Dantchenko leg.; 3 males, 5 females, Turkmenistan, Dushak Mt. , 1800 m   , 23 and 29.6.1992, M. Danilevsky leg.; 1 male, Turkmenistan, Kara-Kala , 300 m   , 12.5.1992, A. Klimenko leg.; 1 female, Turkey, Erzurum, 7.7 km NNW Tortum , 1414 m   , 5.7.2005, M. Volkovitch leg.; 1 male, Turkey, Elaziç , 23.4 km NE Kovançilah, 1193 m   , 3.7.2005, M. Volkovitch leg.; 1 male, E Turkey, Buglan Geçidi NW Muş   , 17.6.2003, P. Bialooki leg.

Phytoecia (Parobereina) vittipennis leuthneri Ganglbauer, 1886: 1   male, Turkey, Osmanie / Gaziantep, Nurdaði Geçidi, 13.8 km SW Nurdaði, 1148 m, 1.7.2005, M. Volkovitch leg.; 2 males, Turkey, Hatay, Kengerlidüz , 36°56’N, 36°24’E, 1650 m, 23.7.2008, T. Ljubomirov leg. GoogleMaps  

Description. Body length: 7.3 mm, body width: 1.8 mm; only one male available; head, thorax and antennae black; elytra, legs and abdomen partly orange or yellow, head, thorax, elytra and abdomen partly covered with pale-yellow pubescence.

Head much wider than prothorax; frons about as wide as long, with fine sparse punctation becomes much denser on vertex; frontal pubescence consists of fine recumbent moderately dense pale setae and scattered black oblique setae; genae about 4 times narrower than lower eye lobes; eyes very big strongly convex, deeply emarginated, lower and upper eye lobes connected by very narrow conjugation about 5 ommatidia width; distance between upper eye lobes about 2 times more than width of 1 st antennal joint; mandibles unicuspid.

Antennae long, totally black, reaching elytral apices by 9 th antennal joint; pale antennal pubescence very fine; sparse short cilia present on basal joints; 4 th antennal joint shorter than 3 rd, but much longer than 1 st.

Prothorax about as long as basal width, anteriorly wider than posteriorly, cylindrical, without lateral tubercles, very slightly widened at middle, pronotum smooth, shining, a little convex along middle, with sparse small punctation, with two small, nearly indistinct callosities; with moderately dense pale oblique and recumbent setae along middle, with long sparse pale erect setae.

Scutellum transverse, semicircular, densely covered with long oblique pale setae.

Elytra converging posteriorly, narrowed behind middle; about 2.9 times longer than basal width, yellow, with narrow black anterior, lateral and apical margins, dark area along suture covers about third of elytral width, a little moved backwards from scutellum, but reaching elytral apices; elytral pubescence consists of very fine, short, dense, recumbent pale pubescence considerably condensed on central dark area and indistinct laterally; dense oblique pale erect setae present near elytral bases only; elytral punctation rather big (interspaces much smaller than dots), strongly longitudinally arranged at two anterior elytral third (just from elytral bases), and mixed posteriorly; elytral costae and central elytral depression indistinct; elytral apices rounded.

All legs bicolorous; tarsi black; all femora orange-yellow with narrowly darkened bases, all tibiae orange, narrowly (anterior tibiae) or wider darkened apically; 1 st joint of posterior tarsi longer than 2 nd and 3 rd combined.

Body ventrally covered with more or less dense pale recumbent pubescence; abdomen black, but 5 th visible abdominal sternite orange with black anterior margin; pygidium and postpygidium totally orange, slightly convex, rounded apically; last abdominal sternite with shallow median depression, slightly exposed apically.

Differential diagnosis. The new species is similar to Ph. (Parobereina) vittipennis Reiche, 1877   including Transcaucasian Ph. (P.) vittipennis pravei Plavilstshikov, 1926   ( Fig. 5 View FIGURES 1–5. 1 ), but in Ph. (P.) vittipennis   the abdomen is always totally black, including apical segments; head, thorax, elytra, abdomen and legs with much longer erect pubescence.

Distribution. The species is known from Central Iran, Esfahan province, 30km W Kashan, Niyasar env. (33°58’25.4”N, 51°08’35.6”E).

Bionomy. Imagoes are active in May.

Etymology. The specific epithet is named after the Iranian city Kashan, as the type series was collected nearby.


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