Neopleurophora tanytarsus, Ament & Amorim, 2013

Ament, Danilo Cesar & Amorim, Dalton De Souza, 2013, Taxonomic revision of the genus Neopleurophora Brown (Diptera: Phoridae), with the description of thirty seven new species, Zootaxa 3657 (1), pp. 1-93 : 23-24

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Neopleurophora tanytarsus

sp. nov.

Neopleurophora tanytarsus , sp. nov.

( Figs. 48–51 View FIGURES 48–51 , 169 View FIGURES 160–195 , 206 View FIGURES 196–233 , 272–273 View FIGURES 272–275 )

Diagnosis (males). Epandrial medial process approximately square, slightly trifurcated at apex, with apical large seta; hypandrium lobes slightly sclerotized, elongated.

Material examined. Holotype ♂, COLOMBIA: Risaralda: SFF Otún Quimbaya: Cuchillo Camino , 4.73ºN, 75.58ºW, 3–19.i.2003, Malaise trap, 1,960 m, G. López col. ( IAVH) GoogleMaps . Paratypes: COSTA RICA: 1♂, Guanacaste: Est. Pitilla , 11ºN, 85.43ºW, iv.1989, Malaise trap, 600 m, P. Hanson col. ( LACM) ; 1♂, Heredia: La Selva Biol. Stn. , 10.43ºN, 84.02ºW, 16–23.v.1988, Malaise trap, B. Brown col. ( LACM) GoogleMaps ; COLOMBIA: 2♂, Valle de Cauca: PNN Farallones de Cali Anchicaya , 3.43ºN, 76.80ºW, 17–31.vii.2001, Malaise trap, 900 m, S. Sarria col. ( LACM) GoogleMaps ; 1♂, same data but 16–31.x.2001, Malaise trap, 650 m GoogleMaps ; 1♂ same data but 13–27.ii.2001 GoogleMaps .

Description. Male. Body length, 2.6 mm. Head. Frons dark brown, pubescent, without median furrow. Flagellomere 1 light brown, pubescent, oval. Arista pre-apical, pubescent. Palpus yellowish-brown; 1–3 upper genal seta. Thorax. Scutum dark brown, pleural sclerites brown; anepisternum setulose dorsally, with one long seta; scutellum dark brown, with medial and posterior areas brown. Foreleg yellowish-brown, mid and hind legs light brown. Forefemur with ventral row of strong setae along its entire extension. Foretibia with one dorsal seta at basal third and an anterodorsal row of strong setae. Foremetatarsus ratio, 6.6. Midtibia with two anterodorsal and three posterodorsal setae ( Fig. 169 View FIGURES 160–195 ). Hind femur not swollen (height/length ratio, 0.37), without ventral, strong setae. Hind tibia with two anterodorsal and 5–6 posterodorsal setae ( Fig. 206 View FIGURES 196–233 ). Wing. Costa 0.51 of the wing length, other wing features as for the genus. Halter white. Abdomen. Tergites dark brown, with lighter posterior band and dense microtrichia producing a silvery sheen. Hypopygium brown ( Figs. 48–51 View FIGURES 48–51 ). Epandrial medial process approximately square, slightly trifurcated at apex, with apical large seta. Ventral apex of epandrial right posterior margin with a large, posterior projection, without subepandrial setulose right process. Hypandrium lobes slightly sclerotized, elongated, with almost the same length. Hypoproct with four setae. Phallus ( Figs. 272–273 View FIGURES 272–275 ). Basiphallus without dorsal process. Core plate membranous, with left, triangular projection. Epiphallus ending free, with thin, transparent scales. Ventral plate restricted to the right side, long and thin.

Female. Unknown.

Geographic distribution. Costa Rica and Colombia west of the Andes.

Etymology. The specific epithet tanytarsus corresponds to the union of the Greek roots tany (long) with tarsus, referring to the long foremetatarsus, and should be treated as a noun in apposition.


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