Crucisternum escalera, Girón & Short, 2018

Giron, Jennifer C. & Short, Andrew Edward Z., 2018, Three new genera of acidocerine water scavenger beetles from tropical South America (Coleoptera, Hydrophilidae, Acidocerinae), ZooKeys 768, pp. 113-158 : 116-117

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Crucisternum escalera

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Crucisternum escalera sp. n. Figs 1A-D View Figure 1 ; 6I View Figure 6 ; 7 View Figure 7 ; 8E, F View Figure 8

Type material examined.

Holotype (male): " VENEZUELA: Bolívar State/ 6°2'10.5"N, 61°23'57.8"W, 630 m/ Along La Escalera; 31.vii.2008/ leg. A. Short, M. García, L. Joly/ AS-08-058; rocky stream" // "Barcode/ SM00828756/ KUNHM-ENT" (MIZA). Paratypes (2): Same data as holotype (SEMC, 2).

Differential diagnosis.

Crucisternum escalera is very similar to C. sinuatus and C. xingu in the shallowness of the punctation and the uniform coloration along the body. It shares with C. sinuatus the shape of the median lobe (constricted at midlength, continuing as a narrow and roundly pointed bar, see Fig. 6 G-I View Figure 6 ), but can be distinguished from it by the outer margins of the parameres, which are widely curved, to at most slightly sinuate (see Fig. 6I View Figure 6 ; as opposed to strongly constricted near midlength, Fig. 6G, H View Figure 6 ).


Body length 2.1-2.2 mm, width 1.1-1.2 mm. General coloration uniformly orange brown (Fig. 1 A-D View Figure 1 ). Elytra with punctures shallowly marked. Aedeagus (Fig. 6I View Figure 6 ) with outer margins of parameres widely curved, at most slightly sinuated; median lobe strongly constricted near midlength, continuing as a narrow and roundly pointed bar; gonopore located at midlength of narrow apical half of median lobe.


Noun in apposition. Named after the type locality of "La Escalera", which is the road that ascends from lowlands to the high-elevation plateau known as the "Gran Sabana".


Venezuela ( Bolívar). Collected at 630 m in elevation. See Fig. 7 View Figure 7 .


The only known series of this species was collected along the margin of a densely forested rocky stream. See Fig. 8E, F View Figure 8 .