Chanealtica cuevas, Konstantinov, Alexander S., 2016

Konstantinov, Alexander S., 2016, Possible living fossil in Bolivia: A new genus of flea beetles with modified hind legs (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Galerucinae, Alticini), ZooKeys 592, pp. 103-120 : 106-107

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Chanealtica cuevas

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Taxon classification Animalia Coleoptera Chrysomelidae

Chanealtica cuevas sp. n. Figs 1-5, 6-10, 11-12


Body length 2.75-3.24 mm. Width 1.35-1.67 mm. Color light ochre with last eight antennomeres, elytral apices and bases of metatibia dark brown. Metatibial apices black.

Proportions of male antennomeres 1-6 as follows: 13:6:7:11:13:13.

Pronotum with lateral margins slightly and evenly convex, at base almost as wide as at apex. Length to width ratio of first protarsomere of male 1.78.

Median lobe of aedeagus in ventral view relatively narrow, widening relatively abruptly (Fig. 5). Apex in ventral view with low, slightly channeled ridge separating two wide and shallow impressions lateral of it. Apex in lateral view with distinct knob facing ventrally. Spermathecal receptacle with basal part significantly smaller than apical (Fig. 8). Narrow, anterior part of tignum shorter than posterior part (Fig. 9).

Host plant.

Tecoma stans (L.) Juss. ( Bignoniaceae ) (Figs 11, 12).


This species is named after the type locality.

Material examined.

Holotype, male. Labels: 1) BOLIVIA: Santa Cruz Dept. Florida Prov., 7 km SE of Cuevas WP-407, 1332m, 18°12.414'S, 63°40.808'W, 27.XI.2013, leg. A. Konstantinov; 2) Holotype Chanealtica cuevas n. sp. des. A. Konstantinov, 2016 (will be deposited at MNKB, currently at USNM). Paratypes 38 specimens. Same labels as holotype (19 USNM, 2 MNKB). Paratypes. Labels: 1) BOLIVIA: Santa Cruz Dept. Florida Prov., 7 km SE of Cuevas WP-408, 1350m, 18°12.734'S, 63°40.776'W, 28.XI.2013, leg. A. Konstantinov; 2) Paratype Chanealtica cuevas n. sp. des. A. Konstantinov, 2016 (15 USNM, 2 MNKB).