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Types Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova.
Diagnosis A shiny, reddish or brownish yellow member of the tristisHNS group, somewhat similar to balzaniHNS, fabricatorHNS, nigellaHNS, and tristisHNS but immediately distinguishable from these and other species in the group by the following traits.
Major and minor: body mostly smooth and shiny, reddish brown; humeri very prominently angulate, in major seen from above extending well beyond the lower sides of the pronotum; hind tibiae greatly swollen. Major: occipital border in full-face view very broadly and moderately concave. Measurements (mm) Major ( politaHNS lectotype): HW 1.20, HL 1.20, SL 0.62, EL 0.12, PW 0.62. Minor ( politaHNS paralectotype): HW 0.64, HL 0.66, SL 0.60, EL 0.08, PW 0.40.
biology At Cuzco Amazonico, Peru, Stefan Cover and John E. Tobin found a dense population of this species in a large clearing filled with logging detritus.
Figure Upper: major (syntype of synonymous wheeleriHNS). Lower: minor (syntype of synonymous wheeleriHNS). Hind tibia shown in both castes. (Type locality: Rio Beni, Bolivia, Luigi Balzan.) Scale bars = 1 mm.
Elevations: collected at 200 m