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Holotype (“one example”; Lewis, 1888) of undetermined sex: “Cerro Zunil, 4–5000 ft. Champion”/ “Sp. figured.” / “ B.C.A., Col.,II,(1). Phelister” / “Phelister carinatus Lewis Type” / “Type” [red circle] / “HOLOTYPE N. Dégallier 2007”; BMNH.
Other material: MEXICO: Chiapas: Mpio. Trinitaria, Lagunas de Montebello, 4–31.viii.1991, FIT (1: FMNH); Michoacan: San Jose Purua, vi.1965 (1: CHSM); ‘Mexico, A.G.’ (1: BMNH). COSTA RICA: Alajuela: RNVS Caño Negro, 18–30.xi.1992, 5–28.ii.1995 (2: INBI); Guanacaste: Est. Los Almendros, 4–16.ix.1994 (1, INBI); Heredia: Est. Biol. La Selva, 2.5 km S Puerto Viejo, 24.vi.2003, at light (1: EMEC); Limón: Cerro Cocori, iii.1993, iv.1993, v.1993 (3: INBI); Rio Sardinas, RNFS Barra del Colorado, 6–14.iv.1994 (1: INBI); Sect. Cerales de la Rita, 3 km N. del Puente Rio Suerte, Ruta Puerto Lindo, iii.1996 (1: INBI); Reventazon Evene, Hamburg Farm, 2.i.1932 (1: NMNH); P.N. Tortuguero, Est. Cuatro Esquinas, ix.1992 (1: INBI); Puntarenas: P.N. Corcovado, Est. Sirena, Send. Espavel, 19.iv.2001 (1: INBI); San Jose: San Jose, ix.1935 (1: CHND).
Frontal stria continuous across front and connected to epistomal striae, epistoma flat; fourth dorsal elytral stria complete and arched to suture; inner subhumeral elytral stria usually present only in apical half; fifth and sutural elytral striae weak, often just series of punctures, but generally present in apical one-third; elytral ground punctures sparser and markedly reduced laterad fourth elytral stria; mesometaventral stria arched forward to about one-half from mesoventral margin; lateral metaventral stria reaching mesometaventral margin, but distinctly mediad junction of mesometaventral and postmesocoxal striae; inner postmetacoxal striae somewhat variable, but never forming a complete arc across anterior margin of abdominal ventrite 1; abdominal ventrites 2–4 completely lacking apical marginal stria; aedeagus of moderate width, more strongly tapered basally than apically, with ventral curvature only marked nearer apex.
This species is restricted to Central America, from southern Mexico to Costa Rica.
No specimens bear any host data.
- Dégallier, N; Mazur, S; Tishechkin, A; Caterino, M; 2012: A revision of the genus Kaszabister Mazur (Histeridae, Histerinae, Exosternini) ZooKeys, 199: 71-89. doi
- Mazur S (1997) A world catalogue of the Histeridae (Coleoptera: Histeroidea). Genus International Journal of invertebrate Taxonomy, supplement: 1–373.