Neotropical Entomology

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 121–125 | Cite as

A New Species of Vindex Kaup (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea: Passalidae: Passalinae: Proculini) from Oaxaca, Mexico

  • E. R. Ariza-MarínEmail author
  • P. Reyes-Castillo
  • V. Moctezuma
  • J. L. Sánchez-Huerta
Systematics, Morphology and Physiology


Vindex chimalapensis Ariza-Marín, Reyes-Castillo, Moctezuma & Sánchez-Huerta, a new species, is described from the cloud forest in Oaxaca, México. Vindex chimalapensis is like V. sculptilis Bates in the form of lateral elytral punctures and glabrous epipleura, but has dorsal punctures in the pronotum and the form of the aedeagus differs on the basal piece. Male genitalia, female genitalia, and head are shown in photographs. Vindex chimalapensis is the only species known from this genus with dorsal punctures on the pronotum. Ecology, distribution, and biogeography of Vindex and the Mountain Mesoamerican distribution pattern are discussed, with emphasis on V. chimalapensis.


Bess beetles cloud forest Mountain Mesoamerican pattern Tehuantepec Isthmus 



The first author wants to thank Dr. Pedro Reyes-Castillo for his advice, guidance and invaluable teachings. CONACYT-Mexico awarded a grant for postgraduate studies to E Ariza-Marín (no. 609153) and V Moctezuma (no. 412700). We sincerely thank the General Directorate of the Instituto de Ecología, A.C., for providing a special project to support this work (no. 20035/30916). This work was possible with the support of Los Chimalapas residents, particularly from the communities of Benito Juárez and San Antonio.

Funding Information

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) partly funded field work (Hovore-Horn Fellowship no. 3116).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de Ecología, A.CXalapaMexico

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