Phanolinopsis norahae Chatzimanolis

Chatzimanolis, Stylianos, 2017, And then there were six: a revision of the genus Phanolinopsis Scheerpeltz (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Staphylininae), Zootaxa 4323 (1), pp. 49-67: 64-65

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Phanolinopsis norahae Chatzimanolis

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Phanolinopsis norahae Chatzimanolis   , new species

( Figs. 6 View FIGURES 5 – 6 , 12 View FIGURES 7 – 12 , 18 View FIGURES 13 – 18 , 40–42 View FIGURES 40 – 42 , 44 View FIGURE 44 )

Type material. Holotype, here designated, male with labels: “ Colombia, Nariño, R. N. La Planada vía Hondón, 1°15’N 78°15’W, 1930m, pitfall, 16 – 18.viii.2000, G. Oliva leg., M 1025” / “[barcode label] SM0548892” / “ Holotype Phanolinopsis norahae Chatzimanolis   , des. Chatzimanolis 2017”. In the collection of SEMC.

Paratypes. Seven: “Colombia, Nariño, R. N. La Planada Parcela Permanente, 1°15’N 78°15’W, 1885m, malaise, 14–29.ii.2004, G. Oliva leg., M 4353” / “[barcode label] SM0349446” (1♂ SEMC); “Colombia, Nariño, R. N. La Planada Centro Administrativo, 1°15’N 78°15’W, 1700m, red, 9–12.viii.2004, D. Arias leg., M 4901” / “[barcode label] SM0349447” (1♂ SEMC); “Colombia, Nariño, R. N. La Planada Parcela Olga, 1°15’N 78°15’W, 1850m, malaise, 29.i.–14.ii.2004, G. Oliva leg., M 4356” / “[barcode label] UTCI000006014” (1♂ UTCI); “Ecuador, Pichincha, 45km NWW Quito, Macquipucuna Station, 1600–1650m, 3–18.iv.1996, ECU1H96 0 12, P. Hibbs, ex: flight intercept trap” / “[barcode label] SM0089851” (1♂ SEMC); same locality and collector, 18.v.–, ECU1H96 0 22, barcode label SM0092764 (1 ♀ SEMC); “Ecuador, Pichincha, Macquipucuna For. Res., 50km NW Quito, 1750m, 23.xii.1991, C. Carlton, R. Leschen. #62, ex: flight intercept trap” / “[barcode label] SM0079941” (1♂ SEMC); “Ecuador, Pichincha, Macquipucuna Biological Station, 0°5’34’’N 78°37’37’’W, 1600m, 29.x.1999, R. Anderson, ECU1A99 214D, ex: ridge-top montane forest litter, mixed Cecropia   /cloud forest” / “[barcode label] SM0366942” (1♀ SEMC). All paratypes with label “Paratype Phanolinopsis norahae Chatzimanolis   , des. Chatzimanolis 2017”.

Diagnosis. Among all species of Phanolinopsis   , P. fassli   and P. norahae   are easily distinguished from other species due to the lack of punctures on the disc of the pronotum. Phanolinopsis norahae   can be distinguished from P. fassli   based on the following: head and pronotum with stark micropunctation ( Fig. 12 View FIGURES 7 – 12 ; much weaker in P. fassli   , Fig. 9 View FIGURES 7 – 12 ); dense microsculpture between eyes and postmandibular ridge ( Fig. 18 View FIGURES 13 – 18 ; reduced in P. fassli   , Fig. 15 View FIGURES 13 – 18 ); tip of paramere rounded ( Figs. 40, 42 View FIGURES 40 – 42 ; flatter in P. fassli   , Figs. 31, 33 View FIGURES 31 – 33 ). The two species also differ in coloration ( Figs. 3 View FIGURES 3 – 4 , 6 View FIGURES 5 – 6 ).

Description. Body length 13.0– 15.7mm. Head, pronotum and elytra dark metallic blue or green with purple overtones. Mouthparts, mesoscutellum, ventral surface of thorax and legs brown. Antennomeres 1–8 brown; antennomeres 9–11 light brown. Abdominal terga and sterna brown; posterior 1/5 of segment VII and segment VIII orange. Head transverse, width: length ratio = 1.37. Epicranium with transverse and polygon-shaped microsculpture and dense micropunctures; with large to medium-sized punctures around margin of head (becoming more numerous near posterior margin); with numerous medium-sized punctures in 2–3 rows from lateral margins to center; center of epicranium impunctate. Eyes medium-sized, length of eyes / length of head ratio = 0.48, distance between eyes as wide as 1.44 times length of eye. Area between postmandibular ridge and eye (lateral side of head) wide, with stark polygon-shaped microsculpture; posterolateral corner of head not pointed. Antennomeres 1–9, 11 longer than wide; antennomere 10 subquadrate. Neck with micropunctures, microsculpture, and with dense small punctures. Pronotum subquadrate, width: length ratio = 0.94; surface of pronotum uniformly covered with dense micropunctures and dense polygon-shaped microsculpture; appearing matte due to microsculpture. Pronotum with few large punctures around margin; disc of pronotum impunctate. Elytra with medium-sized punctures (about 11–12 punctures / elytron width); distance between punctures from confluent to 0.5 times width of puncture. Elytra appearing shiny; with sparse longitudinal microsculpture. Abdominal terga with 1–2 rows of small punctures. Male secondary sexual structures with sternum VIII having shallow emargination medially; sternum IX with deep U-shaped emargination medially. Female without obvious sexual structures. Aedeagus as in Figs. 40–42 View FIGURES 40 – 42 ; in dorsal view paramere parallel-sided, converging to rounded tip; paramere slightly shorter and narrower than median lobe; in lateral view paramere slightly concave apically; paramere with peg setae as in Fig. 42 View FIGURES 40 – 42 . Median lobe in dorsal view narrow, converging to rounded apex, with two broad teeth apically; in lateral view becoming narrow and elongate near apex.

Distribution. Known from the department of Nariño in Colombia and the province of Pichincha in Ecuador.

Habitat. Collected with flight intercept, malaise and pitfall traps at elevations between 1600–1930m in cloud forests.

Etymology. The specific epithet is in honor of my daughter, Norah Chatzimanolis, who really likes blue beetles.


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