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 Length: 2.4–3.1mm, width: 2.2–2.8mm; body elongate oval, broadly rounded, moderately depressed, glabrous; body coloration varied, dorsum metallic blue, greenish-blue or violet, head and/or pronotum may be slightly more greenish than elytra, venter rufobrunneus to rufopiceous; frons somewhat elongate, obliquely elevated from antennal bases onto epistoma, weakly depressed behind, epistoma strongly convex anterad, interocular margins strongly convergent dorsad, sides of frontal stria angulate, following oblique frontal ridges, complete or interrupted at middle and/or sides, ground punctation conspicuous, with few secondary punctures at middle and near vertex, supraorbital stria absent, but often apparently represented by dense series of punctures; antennal scape short, thick, club quite elongate; labrum about 3×wider than long, apical margin straight to weakly emarginate; both mandibles with rather weak basal tooth; pronotal sides more or less evenly arcuate to apex, weakly depressed in anterior corners, marginal stria complete along lateral margins, anterior portion generally transverse, detached from anterior portion behind eyes, lateral submarginal stria absent, ground punctation of pronotal disk fine, sparsely interspersed with small secondary punctures almost throughout, relatively impunctate posteromedially; elytra with 2–3 epipleural striae, the outermost variably complete, outer subhumeral stria absent, inner subhumeral stria more or less complete, may be slightly abbreviated apically, dorsal striae 1-3 complete, 4th stria variably abbreviated from apex, may be complete, 5th stria usually present only as short basal arch connected to complete sutural stria, elytral disk with few coarse punctures in apical fifth; prosternum narrow, convex between complete carinal striae, keel weakly emarginate at base; prosternal lobe about one-half keel length, apical margin rounded, marginal stria obsolete at sides; mesoventrite weakly produced at middle, marginal stria complete, mesometaventral stria weakly arched forward, crenulate, continuous at sides with lateral metaventral stria from near mesocoxa posterolaterad toward inner third of metacoxa, sinuate apically, outer lateral metaventral stria parallel to basal half of inner stria, metaventral disk impunctate at middle; abdominal ventrite 1 with single lateral stria, middle portion of disk impunctate; protibia weakly 4 dentate, marginal denticles minute, outer margin serrulate; mesotibia with few very weak submarginal spines; outer metatibial margin smooth; propygidium wide and short, with complete transverse basal stria, discal punctures rather small, ocellate, uniformly dispersed; propygidial gland openings evident behind basal stria, about one-third from anterior and lateral margins; pygidium strongly sexually dimorphic, female with fine ground punctation more or less uniformly interspersed with small secondary punctures, male pygidium dominated by elevated, pyramidal, setose median process (Fig. 71F), with deep depression on each side. Male genitalia (Figs 72G–M): T8 about as long as broad, sides subparallel, narrowing to very strong, linear ventrolateral apodemes, basal emargination bisinuate, acute medially, apical emargination shallow; S8 longer than T8, distinctly hinged to T8 at base, divided, inner margins weakly divergent toward apex, outer margins subparallel to weakly divergent, apical guides narrow, gradually widening to narrowly rounded apices, bearing few apical setae; T9 with basal apodemes moderately short, about one-third total length, T9 apices wide, obliquely emarginate, glabrous, ventrolateral apodemes moderately strongly projecting beneath; T10 entire; S9 broad, sides of stem subparallel, head abruptly widened, sides curved to apicolateral points, sclerotized along lateral, apical, and basal edges, undivided apically; tegmen broad with sides subparallel in basal three fourths, weakly narrowed to apex, dorsobasal edge straight, tegmen in lateral aspect flattening, slightly curved ventrad at apex; median lobe prominent, about two-thirds tegmen length and half tegmen width, with complex encompassing armature; basal piece about one-half tegmen length, dorsal and ventral apical emarginations shallow. 


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