from China: IV



from China: IV
Entomological Review, Vol. 85, No. 6, 2005, pp. 642–647. Translated from Entomologicheskoe Obozrenie, Vol. 84, No. 3, 2005, pp. 569–575.
Original Russian Text Copyright © 2005 by Lopatin.
English Translation Copyright © 2005 by Pleiades Publishing, Inc.
New Species of Leaf Beetles (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae)
from China: IV
I. K. Lopatin
Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus
Received February 9, 2004
Abstract—The following new species are described from Southwestern China on the basis of examination of the
material from the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg), where the types are deposited: Chrysolina warchalowskii sp. n., Ch. wangi sp. n., Ch. mauroi sp. n., Ch. khalyktavica sp. n., Oreomela sichuanica sp. n., and Pyrrhalta silfverbergi sp. n.
In the present communication, new species of the
leaf-beetle subfamilies Chrysomelinae and Galerucinae are described on the basis of examination of the
material collected by I.A. Belousov and I.I. Kabak in
the Chinese provinces Sichuan, Gansu, and Yunnan.
apical angles. Punctation on elytra fine, slightly
coarser than those on pronotum, forming paired rows
with sparse and smaller punctures on intervals.
Epipleura wide at base, gradually narrowed toward
apex, well-visible in lateral view.
The type specimens of the new species described
are deposited in the Zoological Institute, Russian
Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg).
First segment of fore and middle tarsi dilated,
slightly narrower than 3rd one. Body length 5.7 mm,
width of elytra in middle part 3.5 mm.
Chrysolina warchalowskii Lopatin, sp. n.
Description. Male (holotype). Body apterous,
wide-oval, black, without metallic luster; dorsal side
convex, lustrous, finely punctate. Labrum tar-brown;
maxillary palps, antennae, and legs rufous.
Head weakly lustrous, very finely shagreened, with
sparse and fine, but distinct punctures denser and
coarser on clypeus and at eyes. Antennae short; 1st
segment large and thick; length ratio of segments 14 :
8 : 10 : 8 : 8 : 9 : 8 : 9 : 9 : 11: 16; 5 apical segments
thicker than preceding ones, with short whitish hairs.
Pronotum wide, 2.2 times as wide as long (Figs. 1,
2), with well-developed lateral carinae separated from
disc by depression widened at ends. Punctures of
pronotum distinct, fine and sparse on disc (intervals
between them 2–4 times diameter of punctures) and
coarser and denser on inner side of lateral carinae.
Anterior angles of pronotum strongly projecting, narrowly rounded at apices; posterior angles nearly rectangular. Scutellum flat, smooth, strongly lustrous.
Length of elytra 3 times length of pronotum, 1.16
times their maximum width (at end of anterior 1/3);
lateral margins straightly diverging from humeral angles, then gradually roundly converging posteriorly till
Female. Body length 7.2 mm, width 4.3 mm. Elytra
strongly convex, with repeatedly interrupted paired
rows of punctures. Anterior angles of pronotum more
strongly projecting than those in male, punctation of
lateral carinae denser.
Material. China, “S Gansu, SSW of Minxian, NE
of Luoda, NE of Jiabu, ∼34°01'N/104°04'E, 3600–
4000 m, alpine zone, summit, 16.VII.2002, Belousov
et Kabak leg.,” 1 ♂ (holotype) and 2 ♀ (paratypes).
Diagnosis. The new species clearly differs from all
the Chinese congeners in the uniformly black body
and rufous antennae, palps, and legs, and also in the
strongly projecting anterior angles of the pronotum.
Etymology. The new species is named for the wellknown Polish entomologist Prof. A. Warchalowski,
who made a great contribution to the knowledge of the
fauna and systematics of leaf beetles of the Palaearctic
Chrysolina wangi Lopatin, sp. n.
Description. Male (holotype). Body apterous,
wide; its length 1.75 times maximum width. Upper
side of body lustrous, blackish green with metallic tint.
Head and pronotum darker than elytra. Antennae, except for rufous lower side of 2 basal segments, and
legs black. Underside black, lustrous.
Figs. 1, 2. Chrysolina warchalowskii sp. n., pronotum: (1) male, (2) female.
Clypeus convex, with straight anterior margin, separated from frons by smooth arcuate sulcus and covered
with distinct fine punctures. Labrum with anterior
emargination, covered with punctures coarser than
those on clypeus and bearing long cilia on lateral
parts. Ultimate segment of maxillary palp large,
straightly truncate at apex. Antennae short, with apices
nearly reaching humeral angles of elytra. Length ratio
of antennal segments 17 : 9 : 14 : 10 : 12 : 9 : 12 : 13 :
13 : 13 : 17; 7–11th segments thickened and covered
with dense erect and subrecumbent hairs.
Pronotum 2.5 times as wide as long, with convex
lateral carinae separated from disc by wide shallow
depression covered with sparse deep punctures distinctly coarser at base of depression. Disc with fine,
but distinct, rather sparse punctures separated by intervals mostly exceeding diameter of punctures. Anterior margin of pronotum deeply emarginate; therefore,
apically rounded anterior angles distinctly projecting
forwards. Anterior and lateral edging fine. Scutellum
small, with rounded apex and sparse punctures.
Elytra without humeral tubercles, 3 times as long as
pronotum; their length 1.25 times their total width.
Punctures on elytra large, forming dense paired rows,
confused in places (especially on disc) because of
presence of additional punctures of same size; intervals with very fine and sparse punctures. Epipleura
wide, narrowed at level of abdominal sternite I and
distinctly visible till apices. Fine adsutural stria distinct only on apical declivity, merged with lateral edging at elytral apices.
Tibiae distinctly widened toward apices, without
carinae; 1st segment of all tarsi distinctly widened,
longer and wider than 2nd one. Claws simple. Body
length 7 mm. Aedeagus as in Figs. 3, 4.
Female (paratype). Body length 7.8 mm, width 4.7
mm. Elytra widest before apical declivity. Two basal
antennal segments chestnut-brown.
Material. China, “Yunnan, NNE of Kunming,
15 km NE Dongchuan, N of Daohe Shan, 3200–
3600 m, 23.IV.2001, Belousov et Korolev leg.,” 1 ♂
(holotype), 1 ♀ (paratype).
Diagnosis. The species belongs to a group of apterous, metallic-colored Chinese species and differs from
them in the shape of the aedeagus.
Etymology. The species is named for a Chinese expert in leaf beetles, Dr. Wang Shuyong.
Chrysolina mauroi Lopatin, sp. n.
Description. Male (holotype). Body wide-oval,
weakly rounded at sides, 1.6 times as long as wide.
Upper side of body black, weakly lustrous, very
densely and finely shagreened. Two basal antennal
segments rufescent ventrally. Underside and legs
Frons and clypeus with sparse and fine punctures.
Ultimate segment of maxillary palp long, with parallel
sides and rounded apex. Antennae short, thickened
after 6th segment and covered with short whitish hairs.
Length ratio of antennal segments 15 : 7 : 10 : 8 : 8 : 8
: 8 : 9 : 8 : 10 : 16.
Pronotum twice as wide as long, with convex disc
and thickened lateral carinae bearing on inner side 1
row of coarse punctures merging in places; punctation
on disc distinct, consisting of fine punctures separated
by unequal intervals; punctures on lateral carinae also
fine and distinct, but sparser than those on disc. Edging of all margins very fine, that of basal margin interrupted in middle. Scutellum flat, smooth, with tapered
Elytra 2.6 times as long as pronotum, only 1.11
times as long as wide, with rows of punctures larger
than those on pronotum and with wide intervals; punctures in rows sparse on disc and denser at sides; 6th
and 7th rows of punctures confused in places. Punctation on intervals very fine and sparse.
Figs. 3–10. Chrysolina spp., aedeagus: (3, 4) Ch. wangi sp. n.; (5, 6) Ch. mauroi sp. n.; (7, 8) Ch. khalyktavica sp. n.; (9, 10) Ch. kuldzhensis Lop. [(3, 5, 7, 9) ventral view, (4, 6, 8, 10) lateral view].
First segment of all tarsi distinctly wider and longer
than 2nd one. Aedeagus as in Figs. 5, 6.
Material. China, “Sichuan Prov., Kanding distr.,
Tagu, 3500 m, 27–30.VII.1992, R. Dunda leg.,”
1 specimen (holotype).
Diagnosis. Among Chinese species of the subgenus
Allohypericia, to which the new species belongs, it can
be compared only with Ch. aeruginosa Fald., differing
from it in the punctation and shape of the aedeagus.
Etymology. The species is named for a well-known
expert in leaf beetles, Mauro Daccordi, who has
pointed out specified characters of this species.
Chrysolina khalyktavica Lopatin, sp. n.
Description. Body apterous, black; elytra tarbrown, with wide circular matte orange edging covering at sides 2 marginal intervals. Two basal antennal
segments rufous, darkened on upper side. Upper side
of body strongly lustrous.
Figs. 11–16. Oreomela spp.: (11–13) O. sichuanica sp. n. [(11) pronotum; (12, 13) aedeagus, ventral and lateral view], (14–16) O. mirabilis Lop. [(14) pronotum; (15, 16) aedeagus, ventral and lateral view].
Clypeus very finely shagreened and covered with
rather fine and shallow punctures. Anterior margin of
clypeus with transverse row of long cilia at sides.
Similar row also present on labrum, cilia at sides considerably longer than those at center.
Antennae short, length ratio of antennal segments
13 : 7 : 12 : 8 : 9 : 8 : 10 : 9 : 10 : 12 : 17, six apical
segments thickened and covered with short whitish
hairs. Ultimate segment of maxillary palp twice as
long as preceding one, wide, obliquely truncate at
apex, with rounded angles.
Pronotum twice as wide as long, widest in basal 1/4,
convex. Lateral carinae with vertical inner margin at
base, separated from disc by smooth narrow depression along rest of length. Punctation on pronotum very
fine and irregular, nearly all intervals between punctures much greater than their diameter. Edging of
pronotum slightly widened at sides and at anterior
angles. Scutellum small, smooth.
Elytra 1.9 times as long as pronotum, 1.4 times as
long as wide in middle, with very weakly rounded
sides, roundly narrowed from beginning of apical declivity to apical angles. Punctures dense and deep,
forming regular rows with tendency toward pairing.
Intervals flat on disc, weakly convex at sides, very
finely shagreened, with scattered minute punctures.
Underside black, lustrous. Tarsal segments strongly
widened, of subequal width, but 1st segment considerably longer than 2nd one. Aedeagus (Figs. 7, 8) with
rounded tooth at apex.
Material. China, Xinjian, Khalyktau Mt. R., N of
Kungurbulak Riv., 3600 m, 31.VII.2003, 3 ♂ (holotype and paratypes); Aksay Riv., W of Kaptynsu riv.,
3500 m, 29.VII.2003, 1 ♀ (paratype). A total of
4 specimens collected by I.I. Kabak.
Etymology. The species’s named originates from
the name of the collecting site, Khalyktau Mt. R. in
length, fine anterior edging interrupted in middle, posterior margin not edged. Punctation of pronotum rather
fine and irregular; larger, but not coarse punctures
scattered over entire pronotum, but densest in posterior half (some intervals between punctures equal to
diameter of punctures, others twice as wide); considerably smaller, as though dimpled punctures prevailing
in anterior half, but also sparse.
Elytra wide, only 1.2 times as long as wide, 1.8
times as long as pronotum. Punctures on elytra forming in places irregular rows on disc, irregular at sides;
punctures of same size and depth as those at base of
pronotum; intervals between punctures very finely
wrinkled. Lateral edging narrow, visible in dorsal view
only at humeral angles, becoming linear toward apices; basal margin of elytra edged only along short
distance before humeral angles. Epipleura very wide at
base, gradually narrowing toward elytral apices.
Figs. 17, 18. Pyrrhalta silfverbergi sp. n., aedeagus, ventral and
lateral view.
Diagnosis. This species is closely related to
Ch. kuldzhensis Lop. and clearly differs from it in the
shape of the aedeagus (Figs. 9, 10), shallower lateral
groove of the pronotum, and coloration of the elytra
(in Ch. kuldzhensis, elytra are brownish red, slightly
paler at base and at sides, with tar-black margination
of punctures in rows). The intervals of the elytra in the
paratypes are convex at sides to a varying extent but
not strongly. Apparently, this character may vary in
both species.
Oreomela (Oreomelina) sichuanica Lopatin, sp. n.
Description. Male (holotype). Body wide-oval,
strongly convex, black, with strong brass luster; legs
and antennae black; labrum, tibiae at bases, tarsi, and
4 apical antennal segments brown.
Head wide; frons and vertex convex, with minute
punctures visible only at great magnification; labrum
with rather deep emargination of anterior margin and
long cilia at sides. Antennae rather slender, length
ratio of their segments 14 : 10 : 12 : 10 : 10 : 10 : 11 :
10 : 11 : 14 : 17. Penultimate segment of maxillary
palp short and wide; ultimate one long, narrowly oval.
Pronotum (Fig. 11) 1.5 times as wide as long, widest near middle, arcuately convex; sides widely
rounded, nearly straight before posterior angles; posterior angles slightly projecting in the form of short rectangular teeth. Lateral edging very narrow along entire
First and third segments of fore tarsus of equal
width. Aedeagus (Figs. 12, 13) wide, with tooth at
apex. Body length 6.1 mm, width 3.5 mm.
Material. China, S Sichuan, 35 km NNW of Mianning, NW of Lajiajia—28°48'N/102°02'E, 3400 m,
upper forest zone, 4.VIII.2002, Belousov et Kabak
leg., 1 ♂ (holotype).
Diagnosis. The species is similar to O. mirabilis
Lop. in the shape and character of the pronotal punctation and structure of the aedeagal apex, but differs in
the coloration of the upper side of the body and irregular punctation of the wider pronotum (Fig. 14). The
aedeagus in this species also exhibits a set of differences (Figs. 15, 16).
Pyrrhalta silfverbergi Lopatin, sp. n.
Description. Male (holotype). Body obovate, moderately convex, brown; labrum, femora at apices, tibiae, tarsi, and antennae (except for 1st segment) tarblack. Punctation of head, pronotum, and elytra dense
and distinct, with intervals between punctures shorter
than their diameter. Hairs on upper side of body short,
subrecumbent, with slightly ascending apices, not
concealing background.
Frontal carina convex, triangular, narrow in upper
part. Frontal tubercles transverse, convex, punctate as
vertex, weakly separated by narrow shallow depression in posterior part. Eyes strongly convex. Labrum
with transverse row of setiferous pores. Antennae
thick, with apices extending beyond anterior 1/3 of
elytra, 1st and 3rd segments of equal length, 2nd one
half as long as 3rd; all segments covered with fine
recumbent hairs and bearing short erect cilia at apices.
Pronotum 1.64 times as wide as long, widest
slightly before middle, then nearly straightly narrowing forwards and backwards; disc with 2 shallow depressions on lateral declivities, separated by convexity
widely depressed along middle. Entire pronotum covered with fine and rather sparse hairs. Anterior angles
bearing setiferous pore, dentiform projecting beyond
contour of pronotum. Posterior angles obtused, basal
margin emarginate behind them. Scutellum short and
wide, finely wrinkled.
Elytra 3.8 times as long as pronotum, twice as long
as wide across humeri, gradually and uniformly widened from humeral calli to beginning of apical declivity, then arcuately narrowed toward narrowly rounded
sutural angles. Reflexed lateral margin of elytra wide,
visible in dorsal view from humeral callus to apical
declivity, with punctures as dense and deep as those
on rest of elytral surface. Epipleura gradually narrowing posteriorly from base and disappearing at elytral
Underside with dense fine recumbent hairs. First
segment of all tarsi widened, distinctly wider than 2nd
and nearly as wide as 3rd segment. Claws bifid, their
inner lobe shorter than outer one. Anal sternite with
shallow and short emargination at apex. Aedeagus
(Figs. 17, 18) with asymmetrical apex forming triangular point. Body length 8 mm; width 3 mm across humeri and 3.8 mm before apical declivity.
Female (paratype). Body length 8.5 mm in paratype, 9 mm in other specimens [Sic!—Ed.]. First segment of all tarsi not widened, 3rd one distinctly wider
than others.
Material. China, “CH, S Sichuan, Emei-Shan
Mts. (SW slope), 2000 m, 19.V.2001, Belousov et
Korolev leg.,” 7 specimens (4 ♂, including holotype,
and 3 ♀).
Diagnosis. This species is similar to P. ningpoensis
Gressitt et Kimoto in the size and coloration and differs from it in the shape of the aedeagus and length
ratio of the antennal segments.
The author is grateful to his colleagues, I.A. Belousov and I.I. Kabak, for the opportunity to examine
their collections.