Amblyscarta pinna

Mejdalani, Gabriel, Domahovski, Alexandre C. & Cavichioli, Rodney R., 2019, Three new Brazilian species of the sharpshooter genus Amblyscarta Stål, 1869 and redescription of A. unifasciata (Fabricius, 1803) comb. nov. (Insecta: Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Cicadellini), Zootaxa 4711 (2), pp. 379-392: 386-388

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Amblyscarta pinna

sp. nov.

Amblyscarta pinna  sp. nov.

( Figs 35–50View FIGURES 35–42View FIGURES 43–50)

Total length (mm). Male 9.0–9.3 (holotype 9.0); female 9.7–9.8.

Color ( Figs 35–37View FIGURES 35–42). Ground color of anterior dorsum orange; crown with two dark brown to black median spots, one at transition to frons and another, larger, at posterior margin; posterior portion of pronotum green with dark brown to black spots and vermiculations; mesonotum with dark brown to black markings on scutoscutellar suture and scutellum. Forewing green with dark brown to black vermiculations from base to distal portion of anteapical cells, where a transverse dark brown to black stripe is located; area behind this stripe smoky subhyaline. Face mostly orange. Legs yellow to brown.

Male terminalia. Pygofer ( Fig. 38View FIGURES 35–42), in lateral view, slightly produced posteriorly; posterior margin slightly rounded inferiorly and with emargination on superior portion; without processes; macrosetae distributed mostly on posterior third. Valve ( Fig. 39View FIGURES 35–42), in ventral view, large; posterior margin broadly rounded. Subgenital plate ( Figs 38, 39View FIGURES 35–42), in ventral view, triangular, narrowing gradually towards apex; fused basally to its counterpart; with uniseriate macrosetae along outer margin, microsetae also present; in lateral view, short, not extending as far posteriorly as pygofer apex. Style ( Fig. 40View FIGURES 35–42), in dorsal view, extending much farther posteriorly than connective; without preapical lobe; apical portion slightly curved outwards, inner margin not dilated, with tiny apical tooth; apex distinctly truncate. Aedeagus ( Figs 41, 42View FIGURES 35–42) symmetrical; shaft, in lateral view, with conspicuous, slightly asymmetrical dorsal finlike process; with pair of longitudinal lateral flanges forming apically dentiform process directed outwards; ventral margin with pair of flanges, each one with basal projection; gonopore located apically.

Female terminalia. Sternite VII ( Figs 43, 44View FIGURES 43–50), in ventral view, with strong triangular projection on posterior margin. “Internal” sternite VIII without distinct sclerites. Pygofer ( Figs 43, 44View FIGURES 43–50), in lateral view, moderately produced posteriorly; posterior margin rounded; macrosetae distributed on posterior portion and extending anteriorly along ventral margin. Valvifer I ( Fig. 45View FIGURES 43–50), in lateral view, subquadrangular. Valvula I ( Figs 45, 46View FIGURES 43–50), in lateral view, with acute apex; dorsal sculptured area extending from basal portion to apex of blade, strigate; ventral sculptured area restricted to apical portion, strigate; ventral interlocking device distinct along basiventral half of blade; in ventral view, basal portion of valvula I expanded outwards. Valvula II ( Figs 47–49View FIGURES 43–50), in lateral view, expanded beyond basal curvature; dorsal margin convex, bearing about 20 teeth; basal portion of most teeth projected dorsally, their posterior portion flat, apical teeth triangular; denticles distributed on teeth and on dorsal and ventral apical portions of blade (ventral denticulate apical portion longer than dorsal portion); preapical prominence distinct; apex obtuse; valvula with ducts extending towards teeth and apex. Gonoplac ( Fig. 50View FIGURES 43–50) of the usual Cicadellinae type: in lateral view, with basal half narrow; apical half expanded, gradually narrowing towards apex; latter obtuse; tiny denticuli on apical portion and extending anteriorly along ventral margin.

Material examined. Male holotype: “ Brasil, MT  [Mato Grosso], Cláudia, Fazen-\ da Continental , 11.5841°S \ 55.3003°W, 365m, light trap, \, RR Cavichioli \ & ACGoogleMaps  Domahovski ” ( DZUP). Paratypes: 1♂, 2♀, “ Brasil, MT  , Novo Mundo, \ Pq. [Parque] Est. [Estadual] do Cristalino \ 09.4517°S 55.8396°W, \ 240m, sweep, 21- \ 2017, ACGoogleMaps  Domahovski ” ( MNRJ, 1♀ DZUP)  .

Etymology. The new species name comes from the Latin and refers to the dorsal fin-like process of the aedeagus ( Fig. 41View FIGURES 35–42). It is a noun in apposition.

Remarks. This new species can be promptly recognized by the peculiar fin-like process of the aedeagus ( Fig. 41View FIGURES 35–42), which is unique within the genus. As in the case of the two previous new taxa, the color pattern ( Figs 35, 36View FIGURES 35–42) will readily distinguish A. pinna  sp. nov. from those poorly known species that were not included in Young’s (1977) key ( A. cervicula  , A. lignea  , A. modesta  , and A. schaumi  ; see digital images in Wilson et al. 1999).


Mus. Tinro, Vladyvostok


Amherst College, Beneski Museum of Natural History


Universidade Federal do Parana, Colecao de Entomologia Pe. Jesus Santiago Moure


Museu Nacional/Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro