Research Article
Research Article
Renius cornutus, a new genus and species of Chilocorini from Tibet, China (Coleoptera, Coccinellidae)
expand article infoWenjing Li§, Lizhi Huo|, Dirk Ahrens§, Shunxiang Ren, Xingmin Wang
‡ South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China
§ Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig Bonn, Bonn, Germany
| South China Agricultural University, GuangZhou, China
† Deceased author
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A new monotypic genus of Chilocorini, Renius Li & Wang, gen. n., with a new species R. cornutus Li et Wang, sp. n. is described from Tibet, China. All diagnostic features are illustrated. The relationships with other genera of Chilocorini are discussed and a key to Chinese genera of Chilocorini is provided.


China, Coccinelloidea , Coleoptera , new genus, new species, Tibet


Ladybirds belonging to tribe Chilocorini, well-known primary predators of coccids, with known instances of aphidophagy (Giorgi et al. 2009), are distributed worldwide. Chilocorini consists of 26 genera and 280 species (Łączyński and Tomaszewska 2012), classified under the subfamily Chilocorinae with Platynaspidini and Telsimini (Sasaji 1968). However, recent molecular phylogenetic analyses reveal that Chilocorinae does not represent a monophyletic group (Giorgi et al. 2009; Margo et al. 2010; Seago et al. 2011; Robertson et al. 2015), and Chilocorini should be classified in the subfamily Coccinellinae (Ślipiński 2007 and Seago et al. 2011).

The tribe is also diverse in China being represented with nine genera and 39 species (Pang et al. 2004; Ren et al. 2009; Hu et al. 2013; Li et al. 2015a; 2015b). During our study of the Chinese Chilocorini, a particular species from Tibet was found, recorded twice during collecting trips in 2009 and 2011, respectively. This new species is similar to members of Orcus Mulsant, 1850 in body shape and coloration. However, some characters make it hard to group it to any extant genus of Chilocorini.

Therefore, a new genus, Renius gen. n. is established for the only so far known species, Renius cornutus Li et Wang sp. n., which is also described here. Additionally, a key is provided to the genera of Chilocorini known in China and the diagnostic features of the new genus and species are illustrated. Lastly, the relationships between Renius and the other genera of Chilocorini are discussed.

Materials and methods

Specimens examined in this study were collected in Tibet, China. Type specimens designated in the present paper are deposited at the Department of Entomology, South China Agriculture University (SCAU), Guangzhou.

All the morphological photographs were taken by Zeiss AxioCam HRc digital camera mounted on a Zeiss Stereo Discovery V20 stereomicroscope or Zeiss Imager Z2m microscope. A number of serial images were combined in Zerene Stacker in order to obtain an entirely focused image, and photographs were cleaned up and laid out in plates in Adobe Photoshop CS 8.0. Morphological terms of Coccinellidae follow Ślipiński (2007) and Ślipiński and Tomaszewska (2010). The following measurements were made with an ocular micrometer:

TL total length, length from apical margin of clypeus to apex of elytra;

TW total width, width across both elytra at widest point;

TH height measured across the highest point of the elytra;

HW head width in frontal view, including eyes;

PL pronotal length, from middle of anterior margin to base of pronotum;

PW pronotal width at widest point;

EL elytral length, from the apex of the elytra to the base including the scutellum;

EW elytral width, equal TW.


Renius Li & Wang, gen. n.

Type species

Renius cornutus Li & Wang, sp. n.


The genus Renius can be distinguished from other genera of the tribe Chilocorini by the following combination of characters: clypeus distinctly projecting medially in male (Fig. 1c–d), slightly projecting medially in female (Fig. 1e); antenna composed of 10 antennomeres (Fig. 1f); basal margin of pronotum with distinct border line; prosternal process long, narrow, parallel sided, without carina (Fig. 1j); outer elytral margin strongly reflexed without distinct bead; epipleuron without foveae for the reception of mid and hind legs; abdominal postcoxal lines complete or almost complete, arcuate (Fig. 2a–b); legs with stout femora, tibiae slender without apical spurs (Fig. 1m–o); between the coxites with large, subtriangular sclerite (Fig. 2h).

Figure 1. 

Renius cornutus Li et Wang, sp. n. a dorsal view b lateral view c–d frontal view, male e frontal view, female f antenna g maxilla h mandible i labium j prothorax, ventral view k meso- and metaventrite l metendosternite m front leg n mid leg o hind leg p tarsal claws. Scale bars 1.0mm a–c, 0.1 mm d–p.


Body broadly rounded, moderately convex, dorsum and underside glabrous (Fig. 1a). Head large, 0.54–0.56 times pronotal width, covered with short, yellow pubescence. Eyes large, approximately oval, densely faceted, with inner sides subparallel. Clypeus with distinct horn-like projection, both sides of projection with a small subquadrate gap in male (Fig. 1c–d), in female clypeus with weak projection medially, without any gap (Fig. 1e). Antenna 10-segmented, scape asymmetrical, narrow at basal 1/3, distinctly expand to apical 2/3, pedicel subquadrate, with the same width as scape anteriorly, antennomeres 3–5 gradually broadening and shortening, 5–8 gradually broadening with the same length, antennomere 9 distinctly longer and wider than antennomere 8, terminal antennomere slightly narrower and shorter than antennomere 9, truncate and oblique at apex (Fig. 1f). Mandible unidentate, prostheca distinct, outer margin of mandible slightly curved (Fig. 1h). Terminal maxillary palpomere elongate with sides slightly expanded, apex obliquely truncate (Fig. 1g). Penultimate labial palpomere stout, 1.5 times as wide as and longer than terminal labial palpomere; terminal labial palpomere subconical (Fig. 1i).

Prothorax descending anteriorly (Fig. 1b–c). Basal margin of pronotum with visible border line. Prosternum T-shaped, in front of coxae distinctly longer than basal width of prosternal process; prosternal process long, narrow, parallel sided, without carina (Fig. 1j). Mesoventrite approximately trapezoidal, with anterior margin straight. Meso and metaventral process narrow, junction straight, with visible suture (Fig. 1k). Postcoxal lines on metaventrite descending laterally. Tendons of metendosternite separated by much less than width of stalk and placed close to middle (Fig. 1l). Scutellum small and triangular. Elytra distinctly wider than pronotum at base; outer elytral margin strongly reflexed without distinct bead; elytral epipleuron distinctly broaden with descending outer portion, without grooves. Abdomen with six ventrites in both sexes; abdominal postcoxal lines complete or almost complete, arcuate (Fig. 2a–b). Legs with stout femora, tibiae slender, without tibial spurs (Fig. 1m–o); tarsal claws stout, with trapezoidal basal tooth, about 1/2 length of claw (Fig. 1p).

Figure 2. 

Renius cornutus Li et Wang, sp. n. a abdomen (male) b abdomen (female) c abdominal ventrite 6, female d penis e apex of penis f tegmen, lateral view g tegmen, ventral view h–i female genitalia: h ovipositor i spermatheca. Scale bars 0.1 mm.


The generic name is dedicated to the memory of the well-known Chinese entomologist, Ren Shunxiang, who devoted most of his life to the study of Coccinellidae and biological control. Gender masculine.

Renius cornutus Li & Wang, sp. n.

Figs 1, 2

Type material

Holotype. male, CHINA: Tibet: Gedang, Motuo County, [29°27.49'N; 95°32.57'E], ca. 1600m, 11.v.2011, Huo LZ leg (SCAU). Paratypes. The same information as the holotype; 1 female, Tibet: Beibeng to Hanmi, Motuo County, [29°19.23'N; 95°07.21'E], 800–2100m, 5–8.v.2011, Huo LZ leg (SCAU); 1 female, Tibet: No. 1 Bridge, Hanmi, Motuo County, [29°21.06'N; 95°04.53'E], ca. 2000m, 14.v.2009, Wang XM leg (SCAU).


Renius cornutus can be easily distinguished from other species of the tribe Chilocorini by the roundish body with bluish black pronotum and elytra; medially projecting clypeus and subtriangular sclerite between coxites.


TL: 4.43–5.00 mm, TW: 4.56–5.00 mm, TH: 1.94–2.31 mm, TL/TW: 0.97–1.00, PL/PW: 0.46–0.47, EL/EW: 0.77–0.81.

Body roundish, moderately convex. Head bluish black, mouthparts yellow, only clypeal portion covered with short, greyish pubescence. Pronotum, scutellum and elytra bluish black (Fig. 1a–d). Underside bluish black except legs yellow, abdomen brownish black, sparsely covered with short, grayish pubescence.

Head relatively large, 0.54–0.56 times pronotal width, punctures on frons large and moderately densely distributed, 0.5–2.0 diameters apart, surface polished between punctures. Eyes approximately oval, densely faceted, widest interocular distance about 0.46 times head width (Fig. 1c–d). Pronotum 0.49–0.50 times elytral width, pronotal punctures large and unevenly distributed, similar to those on head, 1.0–3.5 diameters apart, lateral punctures sparser than those on disc, surface polished between punctures. Punctures on elytra large and densely distributed, 1.0–2.0 diameters apart, similar to those on pronotum. Elytral epipleura very wide, descending without groove. Abdominal postcoxal lines complete or almost complete, arcuate; posterior margin of male abdominal ventrite 5 weakly emarginate and ventrite 6 rounded; posterior margin of female abdominal ventrite 5 straight and ventrite 6 rounded (Fig. 2a–c).

Male genitalia: penis slender, penis capsule with long outer arm and short inner one, apex of penis acute, screw-shaped from apical 1/11 to apical 2/11 (Fig. 2d–e). Tegmen stout, penis guide narrow at base, widest at basal 1/3 then gradually converging to blunt tip, symmetrical in ventral view; widest at base gradually converging to blunt apex in lateral view. Parameres stout, slightly shorter than penis guide, densely covered with short setae at inner surfaces and a distal end in lateral view (Fig. 2f–g).

Female genitalia: ovipositor with coxites elongate, approximately triangular, with large, subtriangular sclerite between coxites, 2/3 time as long as coxites (Fig. 2h); styli absent. Spermatheca oblong-oval, stout, with long and slender appendage at apex (Fig. 2i).


Motuo County, Tibet, China.


The species name is derived from Latin cornutus and refers to middle of clypeus with a horn-like projection in the male.

Key to the Chinese genera of Chilocorini

1 Meso- and metatibia with apical spurs 2
Meso- and metatibia without apical spurs 8
2 Antenna composed of less than 10 antennomeres 3
Antenna composed of 10 antennomeres 4
3 Antenna with 8 antennomeres Brumoides Chapin
Antenna with 9 antennomeres Chujochilus Sasa ji
4 Pronotal basal margin with bordering line 5
Pronotal basal margin without bordering line Xanthocorus Miyat ake
5 Base of pronotum and elytra not contiguous all along their length 6
Base of pronotum and elytra contiguous all along their length Priscibrumus Kovář
6 Tarsal claw with distinct subquadrate or triangulate basal tooth 7
Tarsal claw simple, sometimes thickened at base Brumus Mulsant
7 Prosternal process rounded at apex; abdominal postcoxal lines narrowly open laterally Parexochomus Barovsky
Prosternal process truncate at apex; abdominal postcoxal lines closed laterally Exochomus Redtenbacher
8 Antenna with 8 antennomeres 9
Antenna with 10 antennomeres Renius Li et Wang, gen. n.
9 Terminal maxillary palpomere slender and elongate, approximately 3 times as long as basal width Phaenochilus Weise
Terminal maxillary palpomere stout, from 1 to 2 times as long as basal width Chilocorus Leach


Although Renius share ten antennomeres of the antenna and similar shapes of the tibiae with Exochomus, it does not have the terminal antennomere embedded in the penultimate one, and it lacks apical spurs on mid and hind tibiae.

Initially, the specimens were thought as a member of Orcus Mulsant. Both genera share many characters, like: roundish body; basal margin of pronotum with border line; elytral margin strongly reflexed; elytral epipleuron broadened; penultimate labial palpomere stout; shape of abdominal postcoxal lines etc. (Łączyński and Tomaszewska 2009). Therefore, it appears likely having a close relationship with Orcus Mulsant. However, the shape of spermatheca, mesoventrite, and meso-metaventral junction of Renius resemble those of Chilocorus Leach. According to morphology, Renius should have a closer relationship with Orcus rather than with Chilocorus. However, the molecular phylogenetic analysis of Chilocorini reveal Renius and (Chilocorus + Phaenochilus + Anisorcus) to be a sister group (Li et al., in prep.).

Renius differs from all other genera of Chilocorini in having unique characters, such as clypeus with median projection and subtriangular large sclerite between coxites of female ovipositor. These characters, together with an antenna composed of ten antennomeres with antennomeres 3–5 gradually shortening, define this new genus.


The research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31501884). Science and Technology Partnership Program, Ministry of Science and Technology of China (KY201402014) and Science and Technology Program of Guangzhou, China (201509010023).


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