Palaeolindbergiella simlae ( Crawford, 1912 )

Burckhardt, Daniel, Sharma, Anamika & Raman, Anantanarayanan, 2018, Checklist and comments on the jumping plant-lice (Hemiptera: Psylloidea) from the Indian subcontinent, Zootaxa 4457 (1), pp. 1-38: 21

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Palaeolindbergiella simlae ( Crawford, 1912 )

comb. nov.

Palaeolindbergiella simlae ( Crawford, 1912)  , comb. nov.

Psylla longus  [sic] Kandasamy, 1986, syn. nov.

Distribution. India ( Hodkinson 1983, 1986): Meghalaya ( Lahiri & Biswas 1990, as Psylla simlae  complex), West Himalaya ( Mathur 1975, as Psylla  sp. near simlae  ).

Host plants. Bauhinia purpurea  , B. variegata  ( Fabaceae  ).

Comments. According to Mathur (1975), the female holotype (Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata), the only type specimen of Psylla simlae  , is severely damaged. Awaiting evidence to the contrary, we assume that Crawford’s and Mathur’s material is conspecific. Psylla longus Kandasamy  , also reported from Bauhinia  , shares with P. simlae  the body dimensions, the black genal processes and details of the forewing and terminalia  , suggesting they are conspecific. Here we consider Psylla longus  a junior synonym of P. simlae  .

Originally described in Psylla  , this species is not congeneric with Psylla alni ( Linnaeus, 1758)  , the type species of Psylla  . With P. primitiva Heslop-Harrison, 1961  , the type-species of Palaeolindergiella, it shares following characters: head weakly inclined from longitudinal body axis; median suture on vertex developed; genal processes less than 0.8 times as long as vertex along mid-line; preocular sclerite absent; basal spine of metatibia prominent; forewing with broad and often short pterostigma; female terminalia  long, proctiger cuneate; circumanal ring oval. For this reason, it is formally transferred here to Palaeolindbergiella  as P. simlae ( Crawford, 1912)  , comb. nov. from Psylla  .