Pseudocurtara minima,

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: 60-61

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Pseudocurtara minima

gen. et sp. nov.

Pseudocurtara minima  gen. et sp. nov.

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The species name refers to the small size of this species.

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MADAGASCAR • ♂; “ MADAGASCAR: Antsiranana Province, Vohemar Dist., SAVA region, Andranotsimaty, dry forest , 9 km NE Daraina, 29 Sept – 6 Oct 2011, 13° 10.17′ S 49° 42.04′ E, California Acad. of Sciences, coll: M.Irwin, R.Harin’Hala, malaise, dry dense forest, elev 90 m, MG-57-43”; CAS.GoogleMaps 


MADAGASCAR – Antsiranana • 1 ♂; Vohemar Dist., SAVA region, Andranotsimaty , dry forest, 9 km NE of Daraina; 13°10.17′ S, 49°42.04′ E; alt. 90 m; 18–26 Oct. 2012; M.Irwin and R.Harin’Hala leg.; Malaise trap; dry dense forest; MG-57-55; INHSGoogleMaps  . – Antananarivo • 1 ♀; 46 km NE of Ankazobe  ,

Ambohitantely; 18°11.88′ S, 47°16.89′ E; alt. 700 m; 6–18 Feb. 2005; M. Irwin and R. Harin’Hala leg.; Malaise trap; sclerophyll forest; MA-27-27; SMK DNA voucher: MIAS13; CAS.


Length of male 5.8 mm, female 7.6 mm. Dorsum yellow with symmetrical dark markings; face yellow with pair of small brown spots on lora; pronotum with several symmetrically arranged black spots anteriorly, posterior margin brown; mesonotum with triangles bordered with brown and with pair of black submedial spots; forewing costal area with yellow opaque sclerotization in basal half, remainder hyaline, veins ochraceous to dark brown; venter yellow except for diffuse brown spot on hind coxa. Crown flat in profile, marginal rim relatively thin, forming shelf over frontoclypeus, ocelli well separated from anterior margin. Forewing with supernumerary crossveins in corium and clavus, inner apical cell narrow and relatively short. Hind tibial rows PD, AD, and AV with 20, 14 and 14 macrosetae, respectively. Style apophysis slightly sinuate, somewhat expanded toward midlength, then gradually tapered to apex, apex curved dorsomesad and terminating in blunt tip. Aedeagus with shaft broad in lateral view, curved dorsad and tapered toward apex, with broad, poorly sclerotized unpaired process arising on left side and extended along shaft to apex, shaft apex rounded; gonopore preapical on posterior surface. Female sternite VII with posterior margin roundly produced. Second valvulae short and broad, dorsal margin broadly concave, without hump, distal teeth relatively short and indistinct.


This species corresponds to the OTU labeled “ Platyjassini  gen. n. 1, sp. 2” in the phylogeny of Krishnankutty et al. (2016).


California Academy of Sciences


Illinois Natural History Survey