Tarsostenodes morulus OPITZ, 2016

Opitz, Weston, G, Paratillus & B, Tarsostenodes, 2016, Classification, natural history, and evolution of Tarsosteninae (Coleoptera: Cleroidea: Cleridae). Part IV. Taxonomy of the Tarsostenodes complex of Australia, New Caledonia, New Guinea, and Tasmania, Linzer biologische Beiträge 48 (1), pp. 587-636 : 610

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Tarsostenodes morulus OPITZ


Tarsostenodes morulus OPITZ , nov.sp. ( Figs 9 View Figs 2-21 , 37 View Figs 22-40 , 61, 81, 91)

Holotype: Ƌ. Australia, 17.06S 145.36E QLD, GSI, Mt Haig 1150 m, 31 Oct-29 Nov 1995, L. Umback, Fl Trap JCU ( ANIC). GoogleMaps

Paratypes: Four. Australia: Queensland: NE: Mt. Finnigan Summitt , 15°49'S 145°17'E, 21 Nov1998, 1100 m, rainforest, sieved litter, G. B. Monteith ( QMBA, 1) GoogleMaps ; Upper Boulder Ck , 1000 m, 11 km NNW of Tully, 16-19 Nov 1984, Cook, Monteith & Thomson ( QMBA, 1) ; Mt. Lewis Rd., 16 km from Highway , 18 Dec 1989 - 13 Jan 1990, Monteith, Thomson & Anzees ,, Site 2, 950 m, Flt. Intercept ( QMBA, 1) ; Mossman Bluff Track , 5-10-km W. Mossman, 20 Dec 1989 - 15 Jan1990, Monteith, Thomson & Anzees, Site 9, 1260 m, flt. Intercept ( QMBA, 1) .

D i a g n o s i s: Within Tarsostenodes only specimens of T. morulus and those of T. albonotatus have the body mostly black. Also, the black regions show a blue tinge. But, T. morulus specimens differ from those of T. albonotatus by having a more extended antennal capitulum (compare Figs 9, 11 View Figs 2-21 ), the asetiferous punctation extend only slightly beyond the posterior bullule, and the phallobasic venter is expanded anteriorly into a long thin-triangular plate

D e s c r i p t i o n: Size: Length 4.0 mm; width 1.0 mm. Form: As in Fig. 61. Integument: Body and legs black, with blue shine, with 3 white bullules, elytral posterior third dark brown. Head: Cranium coarsely punctate, frons wider than width of eye (FW/EW-22/15); antennal funicular antennomeres subfiliform, 9 th antennomere rectangulate, 10 th antennomeres long triagonal, 11 th antennomere oblong ( Fig. 9 View Figs 2-21 ). Thorax: Pronotum oblong, constricted posteriorly ( Fig. 37 View Figs 22-40 ) ( PL /PW-58/45), sparsely punctated, with a longitudinal glabrous plate, without tubercle at sides; elytral disc with small shallow subbasal umbo, with anterior, epipleural, and posterior bullules, with large asetiferous punctations that extend posteriorly slightly beyond posterior bullule ( EL /EW- 165/28). Abdomen: Male pygidium not incised at middle of anterior margin; phallobasic venter expanded anteriorly into along thin triangular plate, lobes not fimbriate and delineated basally by a faintly indicated transverse sclerotic line, phallobasic struts contiguous with phallobasic apodeme, phallic apex triangular, truncate, phallic plates wide ( Fig. 81 View Figs 71-82 ).

N a t u r a l H i s t o r y: Specimens were collected during October, November and December, at altitudes ranging from 950-1150 m. Collecting techniques involved flight intercept traps and litter sieve.

D i s t r i b u t i o n ( Fig. 91 View Fig ). Known from Queensland, Australia.

E t y m o l o g y: The specific epithet morulus (= black) is a Latin adjective and refers to the body color of this beetle.


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