Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)
Distribution: Geographic regions
(According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists): Americas: Brazil Biogeographic regions
(According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists): Neotropical
Brazil (Santa Catarina, São Paulo).
This species shares the elevated posterior mesonotal keel with E. hunhau
and E. sepultura
. Eurhopalothrix hunhau
has a full complement of 18 specialized setae on the face; both E. sepultura
and E. speciosa
have a reduced number. The head shape of E. speciosa
is very similar to E. sepultura
. Eurhopalothrix speciosa
has a distinctive arrangement of 6 specialized setae on the face: 4 in a tight square on the posteromedian vertex, and 2 on the posterolateral angles of the vertex margin. In contrast, Eurhopalothrix sepultura
has the same medial square of 4 setae, but 4–6 additional setae are arranged anteriorly, between the medial square and the compound eyes, and there are no setae on the posterolateral angles of the vertex margin. Also, the compound eye of E. speciosa
is relatively large, with 7–8 ommatidia across greatest diameter, versus 5 in E. sepultura
Specimen Habitat Summary
Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in wet forest.
Elevations: collected at 900 m
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