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 This species is very similar to Operclipygus selvorum, differing mainly in the following characters: length: 2.31–2.50 mm, width: 1.97–2.06 mm; body slightly broader, subquadrate; frons and epistoma depressed at middle; frontal stria carinate at sides, continued onto epistoma as lateral carinae, but also complete across the anterior margin of the frons as a simple stria; all dorsal elytral striae fine but distinct, striae 1-3 complete, 4th barely abbreviated at base, 5th present in apical half, sutural present in apical two-thirds; prosternal lobe larger, more broadly rounded, with fine marginal stria which is obsolete at sides; propygidium with a few secondary punctures along basal margin. Male genitalia: segments 8–10 very similar to those of Operclipygus selvorum, and indistinguishable from that of Operclipygus dentatus (see Figs 83F, H–K and preceding description); tegmen (Fig. 83G) longer, with slightly more arcuate sides. 


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