Pseudocurtara quadrata,

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: 62

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Pseudocurtara quadrata

gen. et sp. nov.

Pseudocurtara quadrata  gen. et sp. nov.

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The species name refers to the quadrate ventral lobe of the aedeagus of this species.

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MADAGASCAR • ♂; “ MADAGASCAR: Province Antananarivo, 46 km NE of Ankazobe: Ambohitantely, 18°11.88′ S, 47°16.89′ E, 14–29 November 2004, California Acad of Sciences coll: M. Irwin, R. Harin’Hala, malaise trap - in sclerophyl forest, elev 700 m, MA-27-21”; CAS.GoogleMaps 


MADAGASCAR – Fianarantsoa • 1 ♂; Forêt de Vevembe , 66.6 km 293° WNW of Farafangana; 22°47′28″ S, 47°10′55″ E; alt. 600 m; 23 Apr. 2006; B.L. Fisher et al. leg.; Malaise trap; rainforest transitioning to montane forest; BLF 14118View Materials; INHSGoogleMaps  1 ♀; Parc National Ranomafana, Vohiparara , at broken bridge; 21°13.57′ S, 47°22.19′ E; alt. 1110 m; 14–21 Jan. 2002; M. Irwin and R. Harin’Hala leg.; Malaise trap; high altitude rainforest; MA-02-09A-12; INHSGoogleMaps  . – Antsiranana • 1 ♀; Sakalava Beach , dwarf littoral forest; 12°15′46″ S, 49°23′51″ E; alt. 10 m; 20 Mar.–7 Apr. 2001; M. Irwin and R. Harin’Hala leg.; Malaise trap across sandy trail; MA-01-04B-05; CASGoogleMaps  1 ♀; Parc National Montagne d’Ambre ; 12°30′52″ S, 49°10′53″ E; alt. 960 m; 29 Jan. 2001; M.E. Irwin leg.; netted by hand; MA-01- 01A-05; INHSGoogleMaps  .


Length of male 7.8 mm; female 7.8–9.2 mm. Dorsum yellow with extensive brown markings; pair of spots on crown behind ocelli, anterior band of irregular spots, two pairs of posterior maculae on pronotum and pair of spots on mesonotum black; forewings with brown irroration, veins tinged with red; area just beneath marginal rim of head black, remainder of venter pale yellow. Crown slightly concave 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 relatively broad and long but not extended to wing apex. Hind tibial rows PD, AD, and AV with 27, 13 and 17 macrosetae, respectively. Style sinuate in lateral view, gradually widened toward middle, then gradually tapered to apex. Aedeagus with quadrate ventral keel at base in lateral view; shaft slender, tapered, evenly curved dorsad, gonopore apical; unpaired basal process similar in width but longer than shaft, curved dorsad and closely parallel to shaft through most of length, apex slightly twisted and attenuate. Female sternite VII with posterior margin truncate. Second valvulae short and broad, dorsal margin humped beyond midlength, with row of several relatively long, irregular teeth distally, apex acuminate.


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