Contribution to the knowledge of the Neotropical canopy dwelling genus Onorius


Frolov A. V., Akhmetova L. A., Vaz-de-Mello F. Z. 2019. Contribution to the knowledge of the Neotropical canopy dwelling genus Onorius (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Orphninae): another species from southern Ecuador and notes on the hind gut morphology in the Orphninae. Journal of Natural History. 53 (17–18): 1071–1077.

The generic status of Neotropical Orphninae genus Onorius Frolov et Vaz-de-Mello is supported by the discovery of another species in south-eastern Ecuador. The new species differs from O. inexpectatus Frolov et Vaz-de-Mello in the body sculpture and colouration. Both species have two large diverticula in the proximal part of the ileum; such structures are not found in the other members of the Aegidiini and are supposedly autapomorphic for Onorius.

Onorius (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae)

Onorius inexpectatus habitus of male

Medium-sized beetles with uniform black coloration. Dorsal surface shiny, punctate with rounded punctures. Clypeus symmetrical or subsymmetrical, slightly convex anteriorly. Mandibles of the same length, feebly visible in dorsal view. Labrum hidden under clypeus. Head without suturae and medial tubercle. Pronotum narrower than elytra in both sexes; lateral and basal margins bordered and widely rounded, posterior angles rounded, anterior margin not bordered. Disc of pronotum with a small fossa medioanteriorly in male, evenly convex in female. Elytra without distinct striae visible as either depressed lines or puncture rows, with well-developed humeral and apical humps. Scutellum triangular...