Meotachys (Hylotachys) rubrum, Boyd, Olivia F. & Erwin, Terry L., 2016

Boyd, Olivia F. & Erwin, Terry L., 2016, Taxonomic review of New World Tachyina (Coleoptera, Carabidae): descriptions of new genera, subgenera, and species, with an updated key to the subtribe in the Americas, ZooKeys 626, pp. 87-123: 113-114

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Meotachys (Hylotachys) rubrum

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Taxon classification Animalia Coleoptera Carabidae

Meotachys (Hylotachys) rubrum   sp. n.

Type material.

Holotype: male ( NMNH) with following label data: "PERU: MADRE DE DIOS / Rio Manu, BIOLAT Biol. Sta. / Pakitza, 356m, 16 Oct. 1989 / 11° 56°47'S 071° 17°00'W / T.L. Erwin Trocha Pacal /21". Paratypes: 1 female, in NMNH, from "PERU: MADRE DE DIOS / Rio Manu, BIOLAT Biol. Sta. / Pakitza, 356m, 25 June 1993 / 11° 56°47'S 071° 17°00'W / T.L. Erwin & F. Pfuno // Treading red-colored leaf litter / at edge of lake shore in sunny / area Tr. Gallareta Lot 524'.

Type locality.

Perú: Madre de Dios: Rio Manu, BIOLAT Biol. Sta., Pakitza, 11° 56°47'S 071° 17°00'W, 356m.


Head and abdomen as in description of the genus.

Size. ABL = 2.7-2.85 mm; SBL = 2.8-2.9 mm; TW = 1.2-1.3 mm.

Form. Head and prothorax slender, elytra rounded and convex.

Color. Uniformly rufotestaceous, shiny.

Microsculpture. Head, pronotum and elytron smooth, glabrous.

Prothorax. Pronotum subequal in length and width.

Pterothorax. Elytra somewhat round and convex, each with 2-3 visible strial interneurs, only i1 completely impressed; i5 position without visible stria, but with gently sloping “shelf” which originates at tip of elytral basal margin and separates basal elytral disc from humeral region.

Genitalia. Not examined.


Known only from the type locality in the Madre de Dios region of southeastern Perú.

Derivation of specific epithet.

Latin rubrum   (= “red/crimson”), in reference to the deep red-brown color of this species.

Note: The holotype will be deposited in UNMSM and is currently held in trust until the completion of studies at NMNH.