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Classification ........Parapucaya Prell, 1934
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........Parapucaya Prell 1934: 162.

Parapucaya amazonica.
Pentodontini key

Distribution: both species occur in northwestern South America, Costa Rica and Panama (Ratcliffe 2003a), and P. amazonica Prell is found as far north as Honduras (Endrödi 1969, 1985a).


Composition: 2 species.


Diagnosis: the broadly truncate clypeal apex, strongly impressed frontoclypeal suture, the generally exposed and slender mandibles that lack lateral teeth, testaceous elytra, and joint double tubercles (or declivity) near the apex of the pronotum will distinguish Parapucaya specis. Both species are remarkably Cyclocephala-like in their appearance, and it is necessary to look closely at the anterior margin of the pronotum to see the two small tubercles that help to characterize them as pentodontines.


Biological notes: other than having been collected at lights at night, nothing is known of the biology of the species in this genus.


Literature cited:
Endrödi, S. 1969. Monographie der Dynastinae 4. Tribus: Pentodontini (Coleoptera, Lamellicornia). Entomologische Abhandlungen 87: 1-145.

Endrödi, S. 1985a. The Dynastinae of the World. Dr. W. Junk Publisher, Dordrecht. 800 pp., 46 plates.

Ratcliffe, B. C.   2003a. The dynastine scarab beetles of Costa Rica and Panama (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae).  Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 16: 1-506.

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Author: Brett Ratcliffe
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