Plerujassus brunnescens,

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: 56-57

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Plerujassus brunnescens

gen. et sp. nov.

Plerujassus brunnescens  gen. et sp. nov.

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The species name refers to the overall brownish coloration.

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MADAGASCAR • ♂; “ MADAGASCAR: Majunga , Ampijoroa National Park 160 km N of Maevatanana on RN 04 elev 43 m, 2–14 January 2005, 16°19.16′ S, 46°48.80′ E, California Acad of Sciences, coll: M. Irwin, R. Harin’Hala, malaise trap in deciduous forest MA-25-40”; CAS.GoogleMaps 


MADAGASCAR • 1 ♂; Mahajanga Province, Ampijoroa National Park , 160 km N of Maevatanana on RN 04; 16°19.16′ S, 46°48.80′ E; alt. 43 m; 2–14 Jan. 2005; M. Irwin and R. Harin’Hala leg.; Malaise trap; deciduous forest; MA-25-40; SMK DNA voucher: MIAS17; INHSGoogleMaps  .


Length of male 8.9 mm (female unknown). Color mostly dark brown with some paler mottling. Style apophysis slightly but distinctly broadened preapically. Aedeagus with lateral ridges of atrium much more strongly sclerotized than medial part; shaft with pair of small digitiform processes mesad of longer lateral spines at apex.


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


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