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Hyperaspidius comparatus male, dorsal - Hyperaspidius comparatus - male

Hyperaspidius comparatus male, dorsal - Hyperaspidius comparatus - Male
Sandia Mountains, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
August 28, 2011
Size: 1.53 mm
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I collected this specimen by sweeping foliage with a net on Tree Spring Trl. (No. 147), 8600 ft, Sandia Crest 7.5’ quadrangle in the Sandia Mountains, Bernalillo Co, NM. I infer it to be male based on pronotal markings (see below). I also collected a female in the same area on the same day, but it subsequently popped off the wire I glued it to, and was lost. The following year in the same area and time of year (Sep. 2, 2012), though, I collected four more females. I've posted one here:



From Gordon's species key for Hyperaspidius(1) we have:

Elytra vittate; west of 100'th meridian; prosternum impunctate ... anterior margin truncate; head of male always yellow except vertex usually brown or black; male pronotum yellow on anterior margin (except arcuatus).

From this alone, the species is either comparatus, mimus, simulatus, or pallescens. The key from that point depends on genital characteristics, which are beyond my abilities to determine. Only comparatus, however, is recorded from New Mexico in Gordon. Indeed, it is reported as being found in Bernalillo Co. itself. The presumptive female, meanwhile, is consistent with the detailed species description.

Expert confirmation of ID is appreciated.

This image is from a CombineZP processed stack of 126 images with a 5.6 µm step taken with a Mitutoyo M Plan APO 10X/0.28 microscope objective + Nikon 200 mm F4 AF ED IF macro lens + Nikon D300 camera (magnification 10X; technique described here).

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Agree with Hyperaspidius comparatus
The images are excellent and your research thorough; with these highly localized Western spp. of Hyperaspidius, a unique location is enough to convince me that the ID is correct without genital examination. There simply isn't anything like it anywhere near it! An excellent addition to the Guide, especially with both male and female specimens so well-photographed.

 
another wonderful addition by Ed
thanks for your dedicated work. thanks for verifying the ID, Abby.

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