Neopleurophora prionotopyga, 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 : 17

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Neopleurophora prionotopyga

sp. nov.

Neopleurophora prionotopyga , sp. nov.

( Figs. 28–31 View FIGURES 28–31 , 165 View FIGURES 160–195 , 201 View FIGURES 196–233 , 262–263 View FIGURES 260–263 )

Diagnosis (males). Epandrial medial process not bifurcated, thin, tapered apically; hypandrium left lobe large, dorsally serrated.

Material examined. Holotype ♂, COSTA RICA: Limón: 16km W Guapiles , 10.15ºN, 83.92ºW, v–vi.1990, Malaise trap, 400 m, P. Hanson col. ( LACM) GoogleMaps . Paratypes: NICARAGUA: 1♂, Zelaya: R. Waspuk, Rapidos Waula Kombas , 14.35ºN, 84.60ºW, ix.1996, Malaise trap, 75 m, J. Maes & J. Hernandez col. ( LACM) GoogleMaps ; COLOMBIA: 1♂, Valle de Cauca: PNN Farallones de Cali Alto Anchicaya , 3.43ºN, 76.80ºW, 30.i–13.ii.2001, Malaise trap, 900 m, S. Sarria col. ( LACM) 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; one upper genal seta. Thorax. Scutum and pleural sclerites brown; anepisternum setulose dorsally, with one long seta; scutellum dark brown, with medial and posterior areas brown. Legs light brown, except foretibia and foretarsus, yellowish-brown. Forefemur with ventral row of medium size setae along its entire extension. Foretibia with one dorsal seta at basal third and an anterodorsal row of strong setae. Foremetatarsus short (length/width ratio, 3.2). Midtibia with one anterodorsal and 2–3 posterodorsal setae ( Fig. 165 View FIGURES 160–195 ). Hind femur not swollen (height/length ratio, 0.38), without ventral strong setae. Hind tibia with two anterodorsal and 4–5 posterodorsal setae ( Fig. 201 View FIGURES 196–233 ). Wing. Costa 0.5 of the wing length, other wing features as for the genus. Halter gray, with a rounded, apical black maculation. Abdomen. Tergites dark brown, with lighter posterior band and dense microtrichia producing a silvery sheen. Hypopygium light brown ( Figs. 28–31 View FIGURES 28–31 ). Epandrial medial process not bifurcated, thin, tapered apically. Epandrial right posterior margin ventral apex sclerotized, projected medio-posteriorly, without subepandrial process. Hypandrium left lobe large, dorsally serrated; right lobe small, thin. Hypoproct with five setae. Phallus ( Figs. 262–263 View FIGURES 260–263 ). Basiphallus without dorsal process. Core plate membranous, short. Epiphallus short, ending free, covered with thin, transparent scales. Ventral plate restricted to right side, apically bifurcated.

Female. Unknown.

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

Etymology. The specific epithet prionotopyga refers to the dorsal margin of the hypandrium left lobe serrated and is derived from the Greek roots prionotos (serrated) and pyge (rump, buttocks).


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