Sternotropa linsaymontis, Pace, 2015

Pace, Roberto, 2015, New genera and new species of Aleocharinae from Australia (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae), Beiträge Zur Entomologie = Contributions to Entomology 65 (2), pp. 327-339: 328-329

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Sternotropa linsaymontis

spec. nov.

Sternotropa linsaymontis   spec. nov.

( Figs 2 View Figs 1–12 , 19–20 View Figs 13–23 )

Type material: Holotype , Australia, Queensland, NSW Border, Mt. Linsay , 22.IV.1997, leg. Wachtel ( CSCÜ).  

Description: Length 1.2 mm. Body shiny, yellowish-red, posterior half of the elytra and fourth free urotergite brown, antennae yellowish-brown with the four basal antennomeres yellow, legs yellow. Eyes longer than the postocular region in dorsal view. Second antennomere as long as the first one, third shorter than the second one, fourth weakly transverse, fifth to ninth transverse. Head devoid of reticulation, that of the pronotum is transverse and superficial, that of the elytra evanescent. Head dotting delicate and superficial. Granulation of the pronotum delicate and salient, that of the elytra a little delicate, close and evident, that of the abdomen poorly visible. Abdo- men covered with a very superficial squamose sculpture. Aedeagus as in Fig. 19 View Figs 13–23 , sixth free urotergite of the male as in Fig. 20 View Figs 13–23 .

Comparative notes: The aedeagus shape of the new species is similar to S. ruficornis CAMERON, 1939   from India of which I have examined the male holotype (NHML). This new species is recognizable by the ventral appendix of the aedeagus which is short, bent and apically broad. The whip-like structure is very long in the new species, short in ruficornis   . The fifth free abdominal tergite of the male of ruficornis   shows the posterior edge with two long median spines, that are absent in the male of the new species.

Etymology: The name of the new species means “of Linsay mountain”.