Dodomeira ficuzzensis

Baviera, Cosimo, 2017, A taxonomic monograph of the genus Dodomeira Bellò & Baviera, a new genus of Peritelini from Sicily (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae), Zootaxa 4334 (1), pp. 1-138 : 69-71

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Dodomeira ficuzzensis


Dodomeira ficuzzensis View in CoL ( Bellò & Baviera), 2011, comb.n..

( Figures 21, 21a, 21b, 21c, 21d, 21e, 21f View FIGURES 21 – 21 , 42f View FIGURES 42 , 80 View FIGURES 60 – 98 , 119 View FIGURES 99 – 137 )

Pseudomeira ficuzzensis: Bellò & Baviera, 2011 View in CoL : 35 View Cited Treatment –68; Pierotti, 2013b: 352; Abbazzi & Zinetti, 2013: 91.

Type locality. Sicily, Palermo, Sicani, Bosco Ficuzza loc. Crocefisso , 900 m ( Fig. 162 View FIGURE 162 ).

Diagnosis. A medium-large size species (length: 3.30–3.80 mm.) with stubby body (length/width ratio: 1.51– 1.57), sub-oval elytra with dense imbricate dark brown scales here and there paler, belonging to the ficuzzensis group. Within the species group, it is recognisable by elytra more vaulted on disc, more elongate, semi-erect (60°– 75°) setae on elytral declivity and protibia straight at apex. Rostrum sub-parallel to the sides with with eyes more convex and pterygia obvious. Sizes: pronotum (length: 0.75–0.80 mm, width: 0.90– 0.90 mm, ratio 0.73–0.89), elytra (length: 2.20–2.35 mm, width: 1.40–1.55 mm, ratio 1.51–1.57).

Material examined. Holotyp e female with following labels: [white, printed] ♀ // [transparent label with genitalia in DHMF], [white, printed] ♀ // [white, printed] “I, Sic., Palermo, Sicani, Bosco Ficuzza loc. Crocefisso m.900, 16.IV.2010 ” // [white, printed] “vaglio sotto quercus legg. Baviera, Bellò & Chemello” [green, printed] “coll. Cesare Bellò” [white, printed] “ PABF 2.1” [red, partly printed] “ Pseudomeira ficuzzensis sp. n., Holotypus, det. Bellò 2010” // [white, printed] " Dodomeira ficuzzensis ( Bellò & Baviera, 2011), det. Bellò 2016 ” ( CBE).

Paratypes: 26 females (CBA, CBE, ECO, GOS, HPI, LFO, MTE).

Other material: 2 females “ Sicilia, Ficuzza , 23/28 IV 1906, A. Dodero ” ( MSNG).

Holotype redescription. Female Figs. 21, 21a View FIGURES 21 – 21 . Total length: 3.80 mm. Stubby body and elytra sub-oval. Dorsal vestiture with dense imbricate dark brown scales here and there paler with metallic sheen. Rostrum clothed by golden-brown scales, transverse (length/width ratio 0.78), sub-parallel to the sides. Pterygia obvious. Epistome small, inconspicuous and slightly concave. Mesorostrum concave, anteriorly with twelve thin, short, erect setae. Vertex wide and convex (vertex width / mesorostrum width: ratio 1.67) with many, elongate, slightly widened apex, semi-erect setae. Interocular space with inconspicuous fovea. Lateral, relatively small, convex eyes very protruding from outline of head. Antenna robust and short with recumbent, golden/silvery, thin setae. Antenna with ratio 0.79 (scape length: 0.75 mm, funicle length: 0.95 mm). Scape clubbed hardly more robust than funicle, curved al basal third and progressively thickening towards apex. Funicle segments including club, relative lengths as follows:; first four segments with widened setae; segments 4–7 pearl-shaped. Club twice wider than funicle, compact, fusiform with suture between first and second segment visible.

Pronotum clothed with dark brown scales here and there paler, transverse (length: 0.80 mm, width: 0.90 mm, ratio: 0.89), slightly sub-conical but sides sinuate, wider at the basal third and less wide at base of its anterior margin, with short, slightly widened apex, golden semi-erect setae. Punctation usually covered by scales. Scutellum inconspicuous. Humeri rounded.

Elytra (length: 2.35 mm, width: 1.55 mm, ratio: 1.51) vaulted dorsally, sub-oval, clothed with dense imbricate dark brown scales here and there paler, rounded on sides, wider at the middle, flat suture. Elytral declivity with slim setae, slightly widened apex, semi-erect (60°–75°). Punctation of striae, shallow, rather catenulate and impressed. Interstriae with slim setae, slightly widened apex, semi-erect.

Legs short and robust clothed by golden-brown scales and with short, slightly widened apex golden setae. Femora little clubbed. Protibia with three acute spines on inner edge, straight at apex, with evident mucro on inner apical angle. Protibia quite sinuous on inner edge, metatibia and mesotibia straight in side view.

Tarsal segment 1 short, conical; segment 2 short and transverse; segment 3 shallowly bilobed; all segments with thin golden setae. Onychium curved, robust and short.

Female genitalia. See Figures: spermatheca ( Fig. 80 View FIGURES 60 – 98 ), sternite VIII ( Fig. 119 View FIGURES 99 – 137 ). Genitalia were examined in four specimens.

Distribution. See Fig. 140 View FIGURE 140 . Italian endemic. Known only from the type locality.

Ecology and Phenology. Collected from Berlese or Winkler extraction of an oak forest in late spring, sifting the compact leaf litter on calcareous soil, at 800–900 meters. They are not evident during the hot dry summer because probably overwinter deeper in the soil.

Main soil type. Rendzina (European Soil Data Centre; Panagos et al. 2012).

Reproduction. Probably parthenogenetic. Species known from twenty-seven females.


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Dodomeira ficuzzensis

Baviera, Cosimo 2017

Pseudomeira ficuzzensis: Bellò & Baviera, 2011

Pierotti 2013: 352
Abbazzi 2013: 91
Bello 2011: 35
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