Neopleurophora setiventris, 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 : 40-42

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Neopleurophora setiventris

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Neopleurophora setiventris , sp. nov.

( Figs. 92–95 View FIGURES 92–95 , 180 View FIGURES 160–195 , 217 View FIGURES 196–233 , 250–251 View FIGURES 246–251 , 294–295 View FIGURES 292–295 )

Diagnosis (males). Abdomen venter with group of setae near the hypopygium; epandrial medial process bifurcated into a sharp left branch and a large, apically rounded right branch.

Material examined. Holotype ♂, PANAMA: Darien Cruce de Mono , 7.92ºN, 77.62ºW, 6.ii–4.iii.1993, Malaise trap, R. Cambra & J. Coronado col. ( LACM) GoogleMaps . Paratypes: COSTA RICA: 4 ♂, Prov. Puntarenas: Est. Agujas: Send. Zamia , 29.viii–9ix.1998, Malaise trap, 300 m, M. Lobo col. ( LACM) ; ECUADOR: 1 ♂, Sucumbios: Sacha Lodge , 0.5ºS, 75.5ºW, 23.iv–3.vii.1994, Malaise trap, 270 m, P. Hibbs col. ( LACM) GoogleMaps ; 1 ♂, Manabi: Cerro Pata de Pajaro , 0.0ºN, 75.95ºW, 19–, Malaise trap, 300 m, P. Hibbs col. ( LACM) GoogleMaps .

Description. Male. Body length, 3.4 mm. Head. Frons dark brown, with yellow anterior apex, long pubescence, without median furrow. Flagellomere 1 light brown, pubescent, oval. Arista pre-apical, pubescent. Palpus light brown; two upper genal and one lower genal seta. Thorax. Scutum and pleural sclerites yellowishbrown; anepisternum setulose dorsally, with one long seta; scutellum dark brown, with medial and posterior areas gray. Legs yellowish-brown. Forefemur with ventral row of four strong setae near apex. Foretibia with one dorsal seta at basal third and an anterodorsal row of strong setae. Foremetatarsus ratio, 4.4. Midtibia with one anterodorsal and two posterodorsal setae ( Fig. 180 View FIGURES 160–195 ). Hind femur swollen (height/length ratio, 0.43), with ventral lobe bearing row of many thin setae near base ( Figs. 250–251 View FIGURES 246–251 ). Hind tibia with two anterodorsal and 5–6 posterodorsal setae ( Fig. 217 View FIGURES 196–233 ). Wing. Costa 0.48 of the wing length, other wing features as for the genus. Halter yellowish-brown.

Abdomen. Tergites dark brown, with yellow anterior and posterior bands. Abdomen venter with group of setae near the hypopygium. Hypopygium yellowish-brown ( Figs. 92–95 View FIGURES 92–95 ). Epandrial medial process bifurcated into a sharp left branch and a large, apically rounded right branch. Epandrial right posterior margin ventral apex rounded, with subepandrial setulose process. Hypandrium left lobe large, projected posteriorly at left; right lobe small, pointed at apex. Hypoproct with two setae. Phallus ( Figs. 294–295 View FIGURES 292–295 ). Basiphallus without dorsal process. Core plate flattened, bilobed, with one lobe apically pointed. Epiphallus with large scales, connected to right arm at left lateral of the phallus. Ventral plate well developed, with two folds near apex.

Female. Unknown.

Geographic distribution. This species is known from Costa Rica, Panama and in Ecuador west to the Andes.

Etymology. The specific epithet setiventris refers to the area bearing a group of setae in the abdomen venter and is derived from the Latin roots setiger (bearing bristles) and venter (belly).


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