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Paractenodia parva, n. sp.

Black, with the nine ultimate joints of the antennae and the tibiae red ; the elytra have in the anterior part an elongate yellowish-red patch extending from the base to the median part, and enclosing a longitudinal black band, and a transverse sinuate post-median band of the same colour, it is covered with a very short, appressed, silky, flavescent pubescence ; head deeply and closely punctate and with a faint, smooth, longitudinal area in the middle of the frontal part ; prothorax only moderately narrowed laterally in the anterior part, as broad as long, scrobiculate-punctate with the punctures very closely set, and plainly impressed longitudinally in the posterior part ; scutellum black ; elytra slightly sinuate laterally and slightly ampliate towards the posterior, coarsely shagreened, without any costules, the anterior elongated patch is formed by a longitudinal basal patch reaching the median bi-sinuate transverse band, which is disconnected from the suture, but continued upwards into a somewhat broad band along the outer margin as far as the humeral part, where it coalesces anew with the basal patch which has invaded all the base, this basal band reaches the suture in the anterior part only, and the result of the amalgamation of this basal patch and band gives to the elytra the appearance of being yellowish-red from the base to the median part, except for a narrow strip along part of the suture, and enclosing a humeral, narrow black band, the second band is equi-distant from the first and from the apex, strongly sinuate, is narrowly disconnected from the suture but not from the outer margin ; the antennae are unmistakably 7-jointed, the last joint, which is nearly equal in length to the four preceding ones taken together, is very thick, but arcuate as in Coryna.

Length 41/2–5 mm. ; width 21/2 mm.

Hab. Cape Colony (exact locality unknown).

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