Nesocyrtosoma simplex Hopp and Ivie

Hopp, Katie J. & Ivie, Michael A., 2009, A Revision Of The West Indian Genus Nesocyrtosoma Marcuzzi (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), The Coleopterists Bulletin (mo 8) 63, pp. 1-138: 37-40

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Nesocyrtosoma simplex Hopp and Ivie

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Nesocyrtosoma simplex Hopp and Ivie   , New Species

( Figs. 49 View Figs , 132–135 View Figs , 264 View Figs , 280 View Figs )

Type Material. HOLOTYPE: Male. LaVisteand vic; LaSelleRange; 5–7,000 ft.; Sept. 16–23/ Haiti; 1934; Darlington. ( MCZC)   . PARATYPES (69 specimens): 23 specimens with the same data as the holotype. (21 MCZC, 2 WIBF). Top Mt. Cabaio   ; Haiti, 7,500ft.; iii-26-40; Folk. (1 MCZC)   . HAITI: Dept. Sud-Oueste; Parc National La Visite; Morne La Visite, S. Slope ; 2,040 –2,150 m. 23-V-1984; Coll. M.C. Thomas. (1 FSCA) GoogleMaps   . HAITI: Dept. Sud-Oueste; Parc National La Visite ; vicinity park hdqtrs; 1,880m. 9-V-1984; Coll. M.C. Thomas. (2 FSCA, 1 WIBF)   . HAITI: Dept. Sud-Oueste; Massif de La Selle; saddle between d’Enfer ; and Fe Moir. 1,700m.; 16-V-1984 M.C. Thomas. (1 FSCA)   . HAITI: Dept. Sud- Oueste; Parc National La Visite ; Morne La Visite 2,100m.; 12-V-1984 M.C. Thomas. (1 FSCA)   . HAITI: Dept. Sud-Oueste; Parc National La Visite ; ca. 1 km. S. Roche Plat; 22-V-1984 M.C. Thomas. (1 FSCA)   . HAITI: Dept. Sud-Oueste; Massif de La Selle ; Morne d’Enfer 1,850m.; 15-V-1984 M.C. Thomas. (7 FSCA, 5 WIBF)   . HAITI: Dept. Sud-; Oueste, Parc Nat’l; La Visite, vicinity; pk.hdqrtrs. 1,880m ..13-; V-1984, M.C. Thomas. (1 FSCA). DOMINICAN RE- PUBLIC:; Pedernales. 9.7km NE; Los Arroyos. 18-16N,; 71   - 44W. 2,070 m./ 15– 16 July 1990; J.E. Rawlins,; C.W. Young,; S.A. Thompson (3 WIBF — with Carnegie Museum Specimen Numbers: CMNH-376,381, CMNH-377,826 and CMNH-376,693). DOM.REP.: Prov.Pedernales ; ca. 35 km N CaboRojo   ; Las Abejas , 1,250m; 26 AUG 1988, mixed forest; M. Ivie, Philips and Johnson. (2 WIBF)   . DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:; Pedernales. 5 km NE; Los Arroyos, 1,680m.; 18-15N, 71-45W/ 20 October 1991; J. Rawlins, R. Davidson; C. Young, S. Thompson; Cloud forest . (9 CMNH, 4 WIBF)   . DOMINICAN REPUBLIC; Pedernales Prov., PN Sierra; de Baoruco, Las Abejas; 18u 09.0119N, 71u 37.3429W; 1,150 m Beating GoogleMaps   11 July 2004; Steven W. Lingafelter. (1 NMNH, 1 WIBF)   . DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:; Barahona. Eastern Sierra ; Bahoruco, Reserva Cachote; 12.8 km NE Paraiso   ,; 18-05- 54N. 71-11-21W,; 1,230 m, 21–23 Mar 2004 / J. Rawlins, C. Young,; R., Davidson, C. Nunez,; M. Rial. cloud forest; with tree ferns, hand; collected, Sample 44243. (9 CMNH, 2 WIBF — with Carnegie Museum Specimen Numbers: CMNH-349,940, CMNH-349,534, CMNH- 349,559, CMNH-349,151, CMNH-349,826, CMNH-349,020, CMNH-350,006, CMNH-350,000, CMNH-349,015, CMNH-349,852, CMNH-349,668). REPUB- LICA DOMINICANA: Barahona, Polo , Cortico, frente a la; charca (18u6938.80N, 71u13924.70W), 1,391 m / 29 July 2005, Lámpara luz negra,; coll. S. Vélez, J. Henriquez, A.; Marmolejo and R. Bastardo. (3 UASD)   . DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:; Barahona Prov., El Cachote ; 18u 03.2959N, 71u 09.7789W; 970 meters 14 July 2006; S.W. Lingafelter beating. (1 NMNH, 1 WIBF) GoogleMaps   . DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:; Barahona. 5 km SE Polo   ,; slopes of Loma La Torre ; 18-03N, 71   - 16W. 980 m. / 18 July 1992. Disturbed; forest with coffee.; C. Young, R. Davidson, S. Thompson, J. Rawlins. (2 CMNH, 1 WIBF). DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Azua; East side of crest,; Sierra Martin Garcia ,; 7 km WNW Barrero.   ; 18-21N, 70- 58W. 860 m / 25–26 July 1992; C. Young, R. Davidson,; S. Thompson, J. Rawlins; Cloud forest adjacent; to disturbed forest/ Carnegie Museum; Specimen Number; CMNH-348,847. (1 CMNH). DOMIN- ICAN REPUBLIC:; Independencia. Sierra de; Bahoruco, north slope,13. 3; km SE Puerto Escondido,; 18-12   - 33N. 71-30-47W; 1,812 m, 24–25 Nov 2004 / J. Rawlins, C. W. Young,; C. Nunez, V. Verdecia,; W. Zanol. Pinus,; Rubus, Garrya, open. hand; collected, Sample 41345/ Carnegie Museum; Specimen Number; CMNH-373,312. (1 WIBF)   . DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:; Independencia. Sierra de; Baoruco,north slope 13.5; km SE Puerto Escondido,; 18-12   - 18N. 71-31-08W,; 1,789 m, 24–26 Mar 2004 / R. Davidson, J. Rawlins,; C. Young, C. Nunez, M.; Rial. ecotonal Pinus; grassland, hand col-; lected. Sample 41143/ Carnegie Museum; Specimen Number; CMNH-349,192. (1 CMNH). DOMIN- ICAN REPUBLIC:; Independencia. Sierra de; Baoruco, Loma del Toro ,; 18-17   - 16N. 71-42-46W,; 2,310 m, 7–8 Nov 2002 / W.A. Zanol. C. W. Young,; C. Staresinic, J. Rawlins; meadow in pine woods,; hand collected.; Sample 40149/ Carnegie Museum; Specimen Number; CMNH-283,036. (1 CMNH). DOMIN-  

ICAN REPUBLIC: La; Independencia. 15 km NE; Las Arroyos (Pedernales); summit, Sierra de Baho-; ruco. 2,260m 19 July 1987   ; R. Davidson, J. Rawlins. (1 CMNH, 1 WIBF — with Carnegie Museum Specimen Numbers CMNH-349,399 and CMNH-349,271.). DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:; La Independencia; 15 km S El Aguacate; 2,070 m. 20 July 1987; J.Rawlins   , R.Davidson. (1 CMNH). DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:; La Altagracia Prov., Punta Cana; nr. Ecological Reserve, 0–5 m; 18u 30.4779N, 68u 22.4999W; 12-VI-2005; G. Nearns. (1 FSCA). DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:; La Altagracia Prov., Punta Cana; nr. Ecological Reserve , 0–5 m; 18u 30.4779N, 68u 22.4999W; 12-VI-2005; G. Nearns. (1 FSCA) GoogleMaps   .

Diagnosis. This species is extremely variable in size, but similar to N. merkli   . It can be distinguished from that and all other species by the combination of the weakly produced, obtuse, and widely rounded anterior corners of the pronotum ( Fig. 134 View Figs ), the broad U-shaped mesoventrite ( Fig. 135 View Figs ), and the small, discontinuous, weakly impressed elytral punctures.

Description (male). 4.5–7.0 mm long, 2.5–4.5 mm wide. Body short, moderately convex ( Figs. 132, 133 View Figs ). Shining darkly ferrugineous to black; antennae, mouthparts and tarsi ferrugineous. Head densely punctate dorsally; punctures smaller than a single eye facet and weakly impressed; extremely short golden seta emerging from each puncture; head often appearing smooth. Antenna clavate; antennomeres 7–10 transverse forming a loose, elongate club; apical antennomere subcircular; antennomeres 7–11 with stellate sensoria. Mentum with acute median keel, anteriorly raised to a point ( Figs. 10, 12 View Figs ). Ventral portion of eye not reaching subgenal sulcus ( Fig. 8 View Figs ); postgena without distinct punctures. Dorsal surface of pronotum lightly punctate, often appearing smooth. Pronotal marginal bead complete laterally, anterior margin with marginal bead effaced medially, posterior margin lacking marginal bead; anterior angles of pronotum obtuse, weakly produced and widely rounded apically; lateral edge of pronotum evenly curved to base; pronotum evenly convex ( Fig. 134 View Figs ). Hypomeron lacking distinct punctures. Prosternal process apically rounded with marginal grooves opposite coxae joined apically ( Fig. 135 View Figs ). Black, except sometimes under a microscope with light elytra appearing darkly ferrugineous with rows of black squares following elytral striae; elytral striae present as small, discontinuous weakly impressed punctures, punctures closely spaced creating the appearance of a complete weakly impressed striae; elytral interstriae flat, scarcely punctate; scutellary striae short, 3–4 punctures long, scutellum triangular, reduced ( Figs. 132, 134 View Figs ). Mesoventrite broad antero-posteriorly, weakly excavate, Ushaped receiving prosternal process; metaventrite,1/2 antero-postero length of mesocoxa ( Fig. 135 View Figs ). Metathoracic wing vestigial. Legs short, punctate; apical portion of femora reaching beyond edge of elytra; metatibia slightly apically curved ventrally with small tooth proximad apex ( Fig. 49 View Figs ). Abdominal depressions on 4th and 5th ventrites reduced to slightly impressed slits ( Fig. 74 View Figs ); intercoxal process of first ventrite broadly rounded apically; ventral surface densely punctate, punctures weakly impressed ( Fig. 135 View Figs ).

Female. Identical to male, except metatibia straight and lacking ventral, apical tooth.

Biology. This species has been collected under bark and by beating. It has also been collected at blacklight, but this species lacks flight wings and either crawled to the light or was coincidentally at the collection site.

Distribution. This species is endemic to Hispaniola and has been collected primarily in the Sierra de Bahoruco and Las Abejas in Pedernales Province. It has also been collected in the Sierra Martin Garacia in Azua Province of the Dominican Republic ( Figs. 260 View Fig , 264 View Figs ). It has also been collected in Haiti, on Mt. Cabaio and Morne d’Enefer ( Figs. 261 View Fig , 264 View Figs ).

Etymology. This species is without decoration, and is thus called simplex   (in this case, simplex   is an invariant adjective).


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