Neodocalidia, Nielson, 2011

Nielson, M. W., 2011, Tribe Teruliini: new genera and new species of Neotropical leafhoppers with a revised key to genera and species, new records and notes on distribution and taxonomy (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Coelidiinae), Zootaxa 2795 (1), pp. 1-45 : 9

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Neodocalidia gen. nov.

Type-species. Neodocalidia connectiva sp. nov.

External morphology. Color dull yellow with black markings. Head narrower than pronotum, anterior margin broadly rounded as in Docalidia ; crown broad, slightly produced anteriorly; eyes large, semiglobular; ocelli small, situated near anterior margin; pronotum approximately as long as median length of crown; mesonotum large; forewings long, broad; clypeus long, broad, median longitudinal carina prominent; clypellus short, narrow.

Male genitalia. Pygofer triangulate with two caudal lobes, one moderately long dorsally and a small one below ( Fig. 9); subgenital plate long, robust, glabrous ( Fig. 10); connective nearly T-shaped, stem long, with robust, sub-basal dorsal lobe ( Fig. 15); style long, robust, armed with setae in distal 1/3 ( Figs. 11, 12); aedeagus asymmetrical, long, broadly sinuate, constricted submedially, inflated and evaginated medially, with several long setae medially as in Stalolidia ( Figs. 13, 14); dorsal connective short ( Fig. 16).

Etymology. The genus name is a combination of the name Docalidia prefixed by “Neo” meaning new to indicate a close relationship with that genus, particularly in general habitus features.

Remarks. The type species is moderately large and robust, similar in general habitus to Docalidia Nielson, 1979 and in male genitalia features to Stalolidia but with distinctive male genitalia that will separate it from both genera. The features of the aedeagus ( Figs.13, 14) and the unusual connective ( Figs. 13, 15) will distinguish the genus from all other known genera in the tribe.