Neopleurophora carcharopyga, 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 : 20-21

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Neopleurophora carcharopyga

sp. nov.

Neopleurophora carcharopyga , sp. nov.

( Figs. 40–43 View FIGURES 40–43 , 167 View FIGURES 160–195 , 204 View FIGURES 196–233 , 268–269 View FIGURES 268–271 )

Diagnosis (males). Hypandrium left lobe bifurcated, each branch bearing a pair of pointed apical edges; right lobe narrow, bifurcating into two sharp processes.

Material examined. Holotype ♂, COSTA RICA: Braulio Carrillo : N.P. 9.5 km E Tunel, iv.1989, Malaise trap, 1,000 m, P. Hanson col. ( LACM).

Description. Male. Body length, 2.8 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 apical half with ventral row of strong setae. Foretibia with one dorsal seta at basal third and an anterodorsal row of strong setae. Foremetatarsus ratio, 6.6. Midtibia with 1–2 anterodorsal and three posterodorsal setae ( Fig. 167 View FIGURES 160–195 ). Hind femur not swollen (height/length ratio, 0.37), without ventral, strong setae. Hind tibia with two anterodorsal and five posterodorsal setae ( Fig. 204 View FIGURES 196–233 ). Wing. Costa 0.48 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 ( Figs. 40–43 View FIGURES 40–43 ). Epandrial medial process approximately square, bearing one large, posterior seta, sharp projection near right face base and right edge posteriorly projected. Epandrial right posterior margin with no projections and no subepandrial setulose process. Hypandrium lobes slightly sclerotized, almost of same length; left lobe bifurcated, each branch bearing two pointed apical edges; right lobe narrow, bifurcated into two sharp processes. Hypoproct with eight setae. Phallus ( Figs. 268–269 View FIGURES 268–271 ). Basiphallus without dorsal process. Core plate membranous, with left projection. Epiphallus ending free, with thin, transparent scales. Ventral plate restricted to the right side, long and thin.

Female. Unknown.

Geographic distribution. Known only from the type-locality in Costa Rica.

Etymology. The specific epithet carcharopyga refers to the hypandrium lobes bearing many sharp pointed apical edges, and is derived from the Greek roots karcharos (sharp-pointed) and pyge (rump, buttocks).


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