Zeadolopus pusillus Peck and Cook

Peck, Stewart B. & Cook, Joyce, 2014, A review of the small carrion beetles and the round fungus beetles of the West Indies (Coleoptera: Leiodidae), with descriptions of two new genera and 61 new species., Insecta Mundi 2014 (397), pp. 1-76: 37-38

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Zeadolopus pusillus Peck and Cook

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Zeadolopus pusillus Peck and Cook   , new species

Figure 43 View Figures 37–43

Diagnostic description. Body strongly convex. Length 0.9–1.4 mm; greatest width 0.6–1.0 mm. Yellow to yellowish brown; shining, microsculpture absent. Head moderately finely, irregularly punctate. Antennal club moderately slender. Eyes large. Pronotum finely, sparsely punctate; sides rounded, posterior angles rounded. Elytral striae impressed; strial punctures coarse, closely spaced; interstriae finely, sparsely punctate. Flight wings fully developed. Vertical face of mesosternum broad, not medially carinate. Metasternum finely, sparsely punctate medially; coarsely, densely punctate laterally. Mesofemur with posterior margin expanded in both sexes, often with median and/or apical tooth-like expansion. Metafemur with apical tooth-like expansion in males, and also some females. In both sexes, mesotibia evenly widened to broad apex, strongly spinose; metatibia narrower, strongly spinose. Male with conspicuous pale setae ventrally on pro- and mesotarsi. Median lobe of aedeagus ( Fig. 43 View Figures 37–43 ) constricted at middle and rounded apically, curved dorsoventrally; paired apices inwardly curved. Parameres moderately slender, extending slightly beyond apex of median lobe, each bearing 2 apical setae. Inverted internal sac medially with 2 consecutive structures with broadened bases. Spermatheca with 2 connected oblong pieces.

Type material. Holotype, male, with the following label data: “ CUBA: Santiago Prov. / Santiago, Jardin Botanico/ 5–17.XII.95, 50m/ scrub for. FITs/ S. Peck, 95-72” ( SBPC)   . Paratypes (20) have the following label data: same data as holotype (4, SBPC)   ; same data except: 5m, disturbed for., 95-74 (6, SBPC)   ; CUBA: Santiago Prov., Gran Piedra, Met. Radar , 6–17.XII.95, 1100m, elfin for. FIT, S. Peck, 95-76 (3, SBPC)   ; same data as previous except: Isabelica , 7–17.XII.95, 95-84 (1, SBPC)   ; same data as previous except: 2nd Chorrito , 9.XII. 95, 600m, km 8, leaf & stick litter, 95-88 (1, SBPC)   ; CUBA: Santiago Prov., 10km NE Caney, Arroyo Grovert , 300m, leaf & log litter, S. Peck, 95-93 (1, SBPC)   ; CUBA: Guantanamo, El Yunque, Finca Las Delicia , 170m, 20.314 -74.573, 31.I.2012, R. Anderson, wet rain forest, 2012-016 (1, SBPC) GoogleMaps   ; CUBA: Holguin, Mayari, Pinarit / 20.41548 – 75.82008, 409m / 12.V.2013, R. Anderson / 2013- 008, karst forest litter (3, SBPC) GoogleMaps   .

Distribution. Known only from Cuba.

Etymology. The epithet pusillus   (Latin, very small) refers to the small size of this species.