Pictojassus kirindiensis,

Dietrich, Christopher H., Magalhães, Raysa Brito de & Takiya, Daniela M., 2020, Revision of the endemic Malagasy leafhopper tribe Platyjassini (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Iassinae), European Journal of Taxonomy 695, pp. 1-89: 28-29

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Pictojassus kirindiensis

gen. et sp. nov.

Pictojassus kirindiensis  gen. et sp. nov.


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The species name is based on that of the Forêt de Kirindy, where most of the studied specimens were collected.

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MADAGASCAR • ♂; “ MADAGASCAR: Tulear Province , Cap Ste Marie Special Reserve, el 37 m, 74 km S of Tsihombe, 11–20 Apr. 2003, 25°35.26′ S, 45°09.78′ E, California Acad of Sciences colls: M. Irwin, F. Parker, R. Harin’Hala. malaise trap spiny bush MA-02-23-23”; CAS.GoogleMaps 


MADAGASCAR – Toliara • 2 ♂♂, 2 ♀♀; Forêt de Kirindy , 15.5 km 64° ENE of Marofandilia; 20°02′42″ S, 44°39′44″ E; alt. 100 m; 28 Nov.–3 Dec. 2001; Fisher, Griswold et al. leg.; Malaise trap; tropical dry forest; coll. code: BLF4601; CASGoogleMaps  1 ♂, 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding; INHSGoogleMaps  .


Length of male 5.4 mm, female 6.3 mm. Color stramineous, with symmetrical red markings on dorsum. Small brown spots present on legs but not on forewing costal margin; forewing clavus with inner orange stripe unbroken, corium with apical third extensively marked with dark brown, dorsal part of face, mesosternum, medial part of hind coxa and posterior surfaces of hind legs dark brown. Crown much shorter than pronotum, anterior margin broadly rounded, lateral extensions overlapping. Forewing clavus without crossveins, inner apical cell not subdivided by extra crossveins, clavus without crossveins. Hind tibial rows PD, AD and AV with 18, 13 and 16 macrosetae, respectively. Male pregenital sternite much longer than sternite VII, posterior margin slightly bilobed. Aedeagus with shaft strongly compressed, relatively broad in lateral view, apex with rounded recurved anterior lobe and posterior tube-like extension bearing apical gonopore; base with elongate median ventral process evenly curved, well separated from shaft, with apex twisted and slightly asymmetrical. Female sternite VII with posterior margin broadly bilobed. Second valvulae with distinct hump on dorsal margin, separated from serrate distal region by V-shaped notch, serrate section straight.


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