Apophylia halberstadti sp. nov.

(Figs 5-6, 14)

Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Zoology,
Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic; e-mail:
Abstract. Three new Apophylia species (A. pesai, A. halberstadti and A. dembickyi
spp. nov.) are described from Indian provinces Meghalaya, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Apophylia vietnamica Samoderzhenkov, 1988, is recorded for the first time in India.
Male genitalia are figured for all species.
Key words.-Taxonomy, new species, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Galerucinae, Apophylia,
Oriental Region.

Etymology. Dedicated to Mr. Petr Halberstadt, the actor of National Theathre in Brno, who financially supported the expedition to eastern India. Distribution. India (Meghalaya, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh provinces). Diagnosis. A. halberstadti sp. nov. can be distiguished from its congeners by the structure of aedeagus (Figs 5-6) and by the presence of the stout ridge along anterior margin. Pale forms are characterized by the unique coloration of pronotum (stout ridge black). Dark forms are similar to A. samoderzenkovi Medvedev, 1993 from Nepal and A. variicollis Laboissière, 1927 from southern China. A. samoderzenkovi differs in slightly widened last two antennomeres in male (antennae filiform in A. halberstadti sp. nov.). A. variicollis has almost completely black head including frontal tubercles (anterior part of head and frontal tubercles yellow in A. halberstadti sp. nov.). Description. Male (Fig. 14). Body length: 4.70-5.40 mm (holotype 4.80 mm). Body flattened, parallel, subopaque. Head, including frontal tubercles and postgenae, yellow, vertex black. Antennomeres 1 to 4 usually pale, gradually darkenned from 1 to 4, with darker dorsal side, antennomeres 5 to 11 black. Dark specimens
often with almost completely black antennae, only bases and ventral side of antennomeres 1 and 2 yellow. Pronotum variable in colour: 1) pronotum black with thin yellow margins, 2) pronotum yellow with indistinct brown spot in the middle and dark brown stout ridge along anterior margin, 3) pronotum black with yellow margins and more or less large yellow area near posterior angles. Scutellum black, pale specimens have yellow lateral margins near the base. Prosternum yellow, mesosternum vary from yellow to almost black, metasternum and abdomen black, margins of incision on last ventrite in male thinly yellow. Legs yellow, last two tarsomeres infuscate. Elytra dark metallic violet or bluish green, rarely bright metallic green. Labrum transverse, covered with 3 long setae at each side, anterior margin slightly sinuate. Anterior part of head covered with microsculpture and long pale setae, subopaque. Interantennal space with small shallow groove. Frontal tubercles large, subtriangular, slightly elevated above vertex, with microsculpture, subopaque. Vertex dull, densely covered with large punctures and fine short pale hairs. Antennae filiform, 0.80 times longer than the body; length ratio of antennomeres 1 to 11: 15-7-14-22-19-16-16-14-13-12-15.
longer, widest at the first third. Anterior and posterior margins distinctly thinly bordered,
lateral margins indistinctly bordered. Anterior margin moderately concave, with small incision in the middle, posterior margin almost straight, lateral margins rounded. Anterior angles widely rounded, posterior angles obtusely angulate, all angles with very small dent bearing long pale seta. Stout ridge, interrupted in the middle, situated along anterior margin. Surface uneven with two large deep depressions laterally and longitudinal furrow running from the middle of anterior margin to the middle of posterior margin, indistinct on the disc. Anterior margin and the stout ridge sparsely covered with very large punctures, nearly lustrous, the rest of surface with smaller dense punctures and dense short pale hairs, subopaque. Scutellum subtriangular with apex widely rounded, densely covered with small punctures and short pale hairs, subopaque. Elytra densely covered with small punctures and short fine pale hairs, subopaque. Humeral calli well developed. Epipleura distinct, gradually narrowed to apex. Macropterous. Meso- and metasternum lustrous, covered with long pale setae.
Metasternum with glabrous area in the middle. Abdomen covered with microsculpture, fine punctures and dense short pale setae, subopaque. Last ventrite with large semicircular excision. Basimetatarsomere 1.55 times longer that the two following metatarsomeres combined. Claws bifid. The shape of aedeagus as in Figs 5-6. Female. Body length: 5.60-6.60 mm. Last ventrite complete, claws appendiculate. Type material. Holotype (male) and 71 paratypes (36 males, 35 females), labelled: “NE INDIA, MEGHALAYA,/SW of SOHRA, 700-950 m,/25°13’-14’N 91°40’E,/C. L. Peša leg., 03-22.V.2005 [w, p]” (HT and 8 PT in NMPC, 6 PT in NHMB, 4 PT in FKCC, 3 PT in JVCJ, 50 PT in JBCB); 7 paratypes (3 males, 4 females), labelled: “NE INDIA, ASSAM, 14 km NE/Balipara, NAMERI N.P.,/26°56’N, 92°49’E, 150 ± 50 m, /C. L. Peša leg., 25.V.2005 [w, p]” (in JBCB); 1 paratype (female), labelled: „INDIA, W-ARUNACHAL PR. /betw. Dirang and Bomdila Pass/27°19’N, 92°22’E; 1900 ± 300 m/R. Businský leg.; 12-16.VI.2004 [w, p]” (in JBCB).

Figures 1-12. (1, 2, 3) Apophylia dembickyi sp. nov.; (4) A. sikkimensis; (5, 6) A. halberstadti sp. nov.; (7, 8) A. pesai sp. nov.; (9, 10)
A. shuteae; (11, 12) A. vietnamica. (1, 5, 7, 9, 11) Aedeagus, dorsal view; (2, 6, 8, 10, 12) aedeagus, lateral view; (3, 4) male metatarsus.
Accepted: January 13, 2006