Tomaspisinella (Merinx) jocosa , Andrew Hamilton, K. G., 2016

Andrew Hamilton, K. G., 2016, Neotropical spittlebugs related to Neaenini (Hemiptera, Cercopidae) and the origins of subfamily Cercopinae, Zootaxa 4169 (2), pp. 201-250: 226

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Tomaspisinella (Merinx) jocosa

sp. nov.

Tomaspisinella (Merinx) jocosa  sp. nov.

Diagnosis. Orange-yellow, paler on pleura and costal plaque, with rest of tegmina contrastingly dark brown; eyes reddish to brown.

Description. Pronotal margins not overlapping tegminal bases. Legs not placed very close together. Male subgenital plates slender ( Fig. 34View FIGURES 25 – 35 A –B), with narrow, pointed pair of median processes ( Fig. 34View FIGURES 25 – 35 D); styles globular; aedeagal shaft weakly curved, with pair of retrorse spines at midlength, apical half globular, tip a slender spine ( Fig. 34View FIGURES 25 – 35 C). Length: male 3.8–3.9 mm; female unknown.

Types. Holotype male, BRAZIL: Pará ─ Jacareacanga , Oct. 1959 (M. Alvarenga); in NMNHAbout NMNH  . Paratype male, same data and location. 

Remarks. The striking colour and narrow subgenital plate processes are unique.


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