Austrimonus koebelei

Fletcher, Murray J. & Dai, Wu, 2018, A new genus Austrimonus for Eutettix melaleucae Kirkaldy (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae: Opsiini) and nine new species, Zootaxa 4387 (2), pp. 310-330: 313-314

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Austrimonus koebelei


Austrimonus koebelei  sp.nov. (Figs 5–6, 23)

Holotype, male, Sydney, NSW, 24.i.1905, Koebele ( BPBM)

Description. Head and thorax (Figs 5, 6) pale testaceous covered with fine light brown mottling except for ventral half of face. Tegmen (Fig. 5) whitish with fine light brown mottling interspersed with areas of denser brown mottling giving patchy appearance throughout.

Genitalia. Male:Subgenital plates ( Fig. 23BView FIGURE 23) narrow, evenly tapering to apical process. Parameres ( Fig. 23CView FIGURE 23) with preapical lobe well developed; apical process with slight preapical tooth. Connective ( Fig. 23CView FIGURE 23) elongate with stem slightly longer than arms. Aedeagus in posterior view ( Fig. 23EView FIGURE 23) with shafts curved dorsally, tapering to gonopore with narrow apical process extending beyond gonopore. In lateral view ( Fig.23DView FIGURE 23), shafts narrow, finely acuminate, curved from base then straight to apex of apical process. Basal apodeme ( Fig. 23DView FIGURE 23) very short, directed in line with shafts. Female: unknown.

Etymology. The species is named after Prof. Arthur Koebele who collected the holotype and whose collections in Australia in 1904–5 were the basis of G.W. Kirkaldy’s extensive contribution to our knowledge of Australian leafhoppers ( Kirkaldy 1906, 1907).

Comments. This species has closest similarity with M. melaleucae  but differs in the structure of the aedeagus with narrow shafts mounted by a fine process directed dorsally and not bifurcated.


Royal Botanic Gardens, National Herbarium of New South Wales


Bishop Museum