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Holotype, male (Fig. 44a). Length 3.13 mm. Color black; antennal scape and funicle ferruginous. Body ovate; with weak constriction between pronotum and elytron; in profile evenly convex. Rostrum dorsally densely punctate, without ridges or furrows, towards apex punctures becoming minute; laterally and at base with white scales. Pronotum densely punctate; dorsally punctures minute, laterally larger, anterolaterally with scattered white scales. Elytra dorsally with minute, confused punctures, subglabrous; laterally strial punctures sparse but deeply impressed. Femora edentate. Meso- femur and metafemur dorsally densely squamose with white scales. Metafemur with smooth dorsoposterior edge; subapically without stridulatory patch. Metatibia apically with uncus, without premucro. Abdominal ventrites 1–2 weakly concave. Aedeagus (Fig. 44b) symmetrical; apex subangulate, subglabrous; transfer-apparatus simple, dentiform; ductus ejaculatorius without bulbus. Intraspecific variation. Length 2.95–3.41 mm. Female rostrum in apical 2/3 dorsally subglabrous. Female abdominal ventrites 1–2 flat.
Holotype (SMNK): ARC1846 (EMBL # HE616123), PAPUA NEW GUINEA, Eastern Highlands Prov., Okapa, Kimiagomo village, Hamegoya, S06°25.727', E145°35.455', S06°25.117', E145°35.225', 1891–2131 m, 18-III-2010. Paratypes (NAIC, SMNK, ZSM): 4 exx, ARC1847 (EMBL # HE616124), ARC1848 (EMBL # HE616125), same data as holotype.
Eastern Highlands Prov. (Okapa). Elevation: ca. 1891–2131 m.
Beaten from foliage of montane forests.
This species is dedicated to the people of Papua New Guinea. The epithet is based on the family name Kove, found on page 248 of the Papua New Guinea Telephone Directory of 2010 and treated in genitive plural.
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