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Type material. Holotype. New Zealand: Northland (ND): ♂ (NZAC), aedeagus dissected and mounted in balsam on a clear plastic card, “ NEW ZEALAND, ND, Mangamuka Walk, 28 July – 1 AUG 1998, R. Leschen, R. Hoare FIT 233 36 ’ 11 S, 173 ’ 28 E”, “N.Z. Arthropod Collection, NZAC Private Bag 92170 AUCKLAND New Zealand ”, “ HOLOTYPE Brounea seongmoi Park and Carlton des. 2013 ”. Paratypes (n= 27; 9 ♂, 18 ♀). New Zealand: Auckland (AK):1 ♂, 4 ♀ (1 ♀, slide-mounted), Waitakere Ra., Cascade-Kauri Park, Up. Kauri tr., 170m, 8 XII 1984 – 25 I 1985, kauri–podo–hdwd, A. Newton, M. Thayer 680, window trap (FMNH); 4 ♀ (1 ♀, slidemounted), Waitakere Ra., 260m, Nohoanga Scenic Res., 8 XII 1984 – 25 I 1985, hdwd–podocarp forest, A. Newton, M. Thayer 679, FIT & window trap (FMNH); 1 ♂, Waipoua SF, Wairau Summit, 400m, 27 XI– 6 XII 1984, hdwd– podocarp forest, A. Newton, M. Thayer 687, FIT & window trap (FMNH); 1 ♂, Hunua Ranges Reg. Park, Kohukohunui tr. nr Mine Rd., 475m, 37 °02.396’S175 ° 11.251 ’E, 17 XI– 28 XII 2005, broadleaf–podocarp forest, numerous tree ferns, FMHD # 2005 -001, FIT, A. Newton, M. Thayer et al., ANMT site 1140 (FMNH); 1 ♂, Warkworth, Dome St. Forest, 330m, 15 III 1978, S. Peck, J. Peck, berl., forest litter (FMNH); 1 ♀, Hunua Ranges, Vining Reserve, Mangatangi tr., 240m, 37 °07.747’S175 ° 13.024 ’E, 17 XI– 28 XII 2005, Nothofagus –Agathis– Phyllocladus trichomanoides, etc, FMHD # 2005 -005, FIT, A. Newton, M. Thayer et al., ANMT site 1141 (FMNH); 1 ♀, Otau, Clevedon, 30 X 1951, rotten wood (NZAC); 1 ♀, Waikowhai Park, 3 X 1951, rotten wood (NZAC); 1 ♂, Le Roys Bush, Birkenhead, 19 IX 1951, under bark (NZAC); Coromandel (CL):1 ♀, Little Barrier Island, 3 I 1952, rotten wood (NZAC); 1 ♀, Little Barrier Island, 31 XII 1961, rotten wood (NZAC); Northland (ND):1 ♂, Waipoua For., Waipoua stm, 70m, 17 III 1978, S. Peck, J. Peck, berl., frass under bark kauri log (FMNH); 1 ♂ (slide-mounted), Mangamuka Gorge SR, 6.6km NW Mangamuka, 70m, 25 XI– 5 XII 1984, hdwd–podocarp forest, A. Newton, M. Thayer 682, FIT & window trap (FMNH); 3 ♀ (1 ♀, slide-mounted), Ngaiotonga Saddle, 3 XI 1981, G. Kuschel, little and decayed wood 81 / 120 (NZAC); 2 ♀, Mangamuka Summit, 12km NW Mangamuka, 400m, 25 XI– 5 XII 1984, hdwd–podocarp forest, A. Newton, M. Thayer 683, FIT & window trap (FMNH); 1 ♀, Omahuta Forest, Omahuta Kauri Sanctuary, 340m, 29 XI– 5 XII 1984, kauri–podocarp–hdwd, A. Newton, M. Thayer 693, window trap (FMNH); 1 ♂, Waipoua SF, Wairau Summit, 400m, 27 XI– 6 XII 1984, hdwd–podocarp forest, A. Newton, M. Thayer 687, FIT & window trap (DSC).
Etymology. This species is named in memoriam after Mr. Seong-Mo Choi. He was the first author' best friend, an alumnus of Kee-Jeong Ahn’s lab, and an enthusiastic supporter of this study. He passed away as a result of a heartbreaking drowning accident during summer 2008.
Diagnosis. This species can be distinguished from the other species of Brounea by the following combination of characters: large eye, one-half length of temple (Fig. 2 g); male gula with triangular depression bearing dense setae (Fig. 2 r: arrow); male abdominal sternite VI with setose round depression at middle (Fig. 3 q: arrow); antennomeres 4–7 longer than wide, 8–10 subquadrate; median lobe triangular, as wide as parameres (Fig. 3 g).
Description. Length 1.6–1.8 mm. Body brown, elytra, legs, antennae and maxillary palpi paler (Fig. 1 g). Head. Head triangular, widest across temples (Figs. 2 g, 3m). Male gula with triangular depression bearing dense setae (Fig. 2 r: arrow). Female head unmodified. Antennomeres 1–2 elongate, 3 subquadrate, 4–7 longer than wide, 8–10 subquadrate. Frontal sulcus deep and reaching to one-third length of eye from apex of rostrum (Figs. 2 g, 3m). Posterior frontal fovea oval (Fig. 3 m). Eye large and prominent, one-half length of temple (Figs. 2 g, 3m). Thorax. Prosternum as long as wide, widest one-third length. Elytra rectangular (Fig. 1 g). Hind wings of both sexes welldeveloped. Meso- and metaventrites together trapezoidal in ventral view, longer than wide. Abdomen. Abdominal tergite IV with pair of oval or transverse patches of microtrichia. Male abdominal sternite VI with setose round depression at middle (Fig. 3 q: arrow). Female sternite unmodified. Aedeagus. Median lobe triangular, as wide as parameres (Fig. 3 g). Phallobase symmetrical and rounded (Fig. 3 g). Parameres blunt and symmetrical with setae at tip (Fig. 3 g).
Distribution. Auckland (AK), Coromandel (CL), Northland (ND) (Fig. 5: triangles). Habitat. Most specimens of this species were collected using flight intercept or window traps, or by sifting litter in broadleaf, hardwood, kauri, or podocarp forests.
- Park, Jong-Seok; Carlton, Christopher E.; 2015: Brounea, a new genus (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae) from New Zealand, with descriptions of nine new species, Zootaxa 3990: 560-561. doi