Genus Pentasteira Barringer and Bartlett 2011
Distribution: Bolivia, Ecuador, French Guiana.
Type species (in original combination): Pentasteira albifrons Barringer & Bartlett, 2011.
There is a single species in this genus.
Pentasteira albifrons Barringer & Bartlett, 2011 - Ecuador
Note: undescribed members of this genus (females) were reported from Bolivia and French Guiana
Reported Hosts: None (all reported specimens from Canopy fogging).
Economic Importance: Limited.
This genus erected by Barringer and Bartlett (2011).
Features of this genus are the very wide and short vertex, separated from the frons with a carina, and the 5 carinate mesonotum (with intermediate carinae serpentine) are features of the tribe.
Pentasteiracan be separated from other Platysystatini by this key, extracted from Barringer & Bartlett (2011)
1 . Antennae terete in cross-section; frons in frontal view convex between eye and laterally projecting beneath eyes to cover (or nearly cover) the base of scape; Brazil ... Platysystatus
1 ’. Antennae flattened in cross-section; frons in frontal view not (or weakly) convex and weakly projecting laterally beneath eyes, not covering base of scape ... 2
2. Intermediate carinae of mesonotum serpentine, frons laterally rounded, aedeagus with stout flagellum; body color light brown mottled with pale, lacking broad white stripe on frons ... Equasystatus
2 ’. Intermediate carinae of mesonotum uniformly arched, frons peltate, aedeagus with fine flagellum; body deep brown with broad white stripe along frontoclypeal suture ... Pentasteira
Pentasteira albifrons from Barringer & Bartlett, 2011
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