Note on the Type Specimen of Bagous sellatus Leconte (Coleoptera: Curculionidae).
Psyche 54(4):262, 1947.
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262 Psyche [Dec.
I wish to extend my sincere thanks to Dr. Bequaert, Curator of Insects at the Harvard Museum of Compara- tive Zoology, for allowing me to study the material and for the aid which he furnished me during my study. I also wish to thank Mrs. Leonora K. Gloyd who read this paper and gave me many helpful suggestions about it. NOTE ON THE TYPE SPECIMEN OF BAGOUS SELLATUS LE- CONTE ( COLEOPTERA : CURCULIONID~S) .-Leconte's descrip- tion of Bagous sellatus (Rhync., p. 184) mentions that the elytra have "the striae deep, interspaces convex, first, third, and fifth more elevated, the last terminating in a large conical tuberosity, which is surrounded by a black cloud." Blatchley (Rhync. N. E. Am., p. 236) rede- scribes the species and states, "sides and tips of elytra ash-gray, leaving a large, elongate triangular space black. "
In 1942, when examining the type for Prof. Tanner, the present author subjected the specimen to degreasing in order to see the structural characters more easily. At this time the black cloud or spot disappeared, indicating that it had been merely an oil spot. It had been so sym- metrical that it had misled both discriminating students. The description stands on the basis of structural char- acters, the specimen now being entirely ash-gray. Any further specimens placed in this species because of pos- sessing a black spot will undoubtedly turn out to be of another species.--F~o~~ G. WERNER, Biological Labora- tories, Harvard University.
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