Absonemobius alatus Otte, 2006,

Desutter-Grandcolas, Laure & Hugel, Sylvain, 2016, First occurrence of Nemobiinae crickets in the Lesser Antilles (Orthoptera, Grylloidea, Trigonidiidae), with the descriptions of three new species, Zootaxa 4168 (2), pp. 313-326: 321-322

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Absonemobius alatus Otte, 2006


Absonemobius alatus Otte, 2006 

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Absonemobius alatus Otte, 2006: 311  .

Type locality. Costa Rica, Estacion Biologica La Selva, 50–150m. 

Type material. Holotype. Costa Rica, Heredia, Estacion Biologica La Selva, 50–150m, 10–26N, 84–01W, 1 female, july 1993, INBio-OET ( INBio). 

Examined material. Costa Rica, Heredia, 11 km ESE La Virgen, 250–350 m, 10°21’N 84°03’W, INBio-OET Transect, 22. ii.2004, 2 males, fn 03/TN/01/001, 03/TN/02/002, 1 female, fn 03/TN/15/008; 6GoogleMaps  . iv.2004, 2 females, fn 03/M/18/078, 03/M/02/062; 13. iv.2004, 1 female, fn 03/RG/RVC/018; 18. iv.2004, 1 female juvenile, fn 03/TN/15/ 028; 9. iii.2004, 1 female, fn 03/M/11/031; 21. iii.2004, 1 female (hindlegs missing), fn 03/M/15/055 ( INBio). Same locality, 9  . iv.2004, 1 female, fn 03/RG/RVC/016; 18. iv.2004, 2 males, fn 03/TN/02/022, 1 female, fn 03/TN/04/024 ( MNHN). Costa Rica, Heredia, 11 km ESE La Virgen , 450–550 m, 10°20’N 84°04’W, INBio-OET Transect, 23GoogleMaps  . ii.2003, 2 males, fn, 05/TN/04/004, 05/TN/02/002; 18. iii.2003, 1 female, fn 05/UF/03/09; 23. iii.2003, 1 female, bad condition, fn 05/TN/16/018 ( INBio). All specimens in alcohol. 

Remark. Some of the diagnosic characters proposed by Otte (2006) are not congruent with the type pictures (Otte 2006, Fig. 10) and the observation of additional specimens from the same locality. The main characters of the species are given below, including the characters of male genitalia, coloration and size, not described until now.

Emended diagnosis. In addition to the characters of the genus ( Desutter-Grandcolas 1993): Body dark brown; head dorsum brown; scape, antennae and maxillary palpi light yellow, palpi joint 5 perhaps darker (character indistinct in specimens at hand kept in alcohol: Fig. 4View FIGURE 4 B); DD light orange to ochre, including anterior and posterior margins ( Fig. 4View FIGURE 4 A); LL dark brown; mesonotum ochre, bordered with brown distally; legs light yellow, knees darker; sternites yellowish, subgenital plate darker. Male genitalia more similar to A. septentrion  n. sp.: pseudepiphallic process flat and long, slightly raised before apex ( Fig. 4View FIGURE 4 F), not bilobate but somewhat emarginate on distal margin ( Fig. 4View FIGURE 4 D, E); anterior margin of pseudepiphallic sclerite strongly sclerotized ( Fig. 4View FIGURE 4 D).

Pseudepiphallic parameres vertical, only lightly sclerotized. Female. Subgenital plate much wider than long, apically indented. Ovipositor very short (see measurements), the dorsal valves slightly denticulate apically. Measurements (in mm).

iod Lpron Wpron LFIII LTIII

Males 300m (n=4) 0.7 0.9 1.2 2.9–3 (3) 2–2.2 (2.1)


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Absonemobius alatus Otte, 2006

Desutter-Grandcolas, Laure & Hugel, Sylvain 2016

Absonemobius alatus

Otte 2006: 311