Kudekanye Rice, 2008

Rice, Marlin E., 2008, Kudekanye: A New Genus of Longhorned Beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) From the Lowland Fynbos and Renosterveld Ecosystem of South Africa, The Coleopterists Bulletin 62 (1), pp. 3-7 : 3-7

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https://doi.org/ 10.1649/983.1

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Kudekanye Rice

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Kudekanye Rice , new genus

Type species. Kudekanye suidafrika Rice , new species (present designation).

Description. Medium sized with nearly uniform brownish-yellow coloration. Head narrowing distinctly behind the eyes, pubescence dense between eyes, and coronal suture deeply furrowed. Eyes coarsely faceted, moderately emarginate, lower lobes large, globose, and nearly touching at gena with separation less than distance between upper lobes. Mandibles long, slender, and sharply acute near tip. Antennae extending beyond elytral apices by approximately 6 antennomeres, scape not reaching anterior margin of pronotum, segments 3–9 cylindrical and slightly arched, but not flattened. Pronotum quadrate, slightly narrower than head, posterior margin sinuate, lateral tubercles small and obtuse. Elytra lateral margins not parallel, tapering toward apices, distinctly and finely punctured except near apices, which are broadly acuminate without spines or emarginations. Legs long and slender, tibiae slightly arched, first metatarsus longer than the second and third metatarsi combined.

Etymology. The genus name, considered to be feminine, is derived from the Xhosa word for ‘‘extreme’’—a reference to the extremely long antennae relative to the length of the body.

Comments. This genus is superficially similar to the newly described genus Afroartelida Vives and Adlbauer (2005) but differs most notably by the extremely


4 long antennae and the lower lobes of the eyes, which nearly touch at the gena ( Table 1). Characters for separating these two genera, plus another south African Apatophyseinae, Ottessia , are given in Table 1.