Euplocania caldasi

Vinasco-Mondragón, Andrés Felipe, González-Obando, Ranulfo & García-Aldrete, Alfonso N., 2018, The species group Amabilis of the genus Euplocania Enderlein (Psocodea: Psocomorpha: Ptiloneuridae), Zootaxa 4444 (1), pp. 43-65: 45-48

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Euplocania caldasi

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Euplocania caldasi  n. sp. Male

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Diagnosis. Close to E. pictaoides  , E. vaupesiana  n. sp., E. ecuatoriana  n. sp., E. lasdelicias  n. sp., and E. rafaeli  n. sp., from which it differs by the phallosome structure, particularly the shape of the mesal endophallic sclerite and the antero-mesal endophallic sclerite.

Color (in 80% ethanol). Body pale brown, with creamy areas, as indicated below. Head ochraceous, with dark brown pattern as illustrated ( Fig. 9 View Figure ). Compound eyes dark brown, ocelli hyaline, with ochre centripetal crescents. Tergal lobes of meso- and metathorax brown. Thoracic mesopleura brown, more pigmented than pro- and metapleura. Legs: hind- and mid- coxae creamy, with proximal dark brown stripe; fore coxa ochraceous with proximal dark brown stripe. Femora, tibia and tarsi pale brown, Forewing veins pale brown, with a dark brown spot at wing margin; first section of vein Rs, vein M, vein Cu1 and cross vein Rs-M, dark brown; pterostigma dark brown ( Fig. 7 View Figure ). Hindwings hyaline, veins brown with a dark spot at the apex ( Fig. 8 View Figure ). Abdomen creamy, with subcuticular transverse dark spots. Central sclerite of hypandrium brown with a dark brown Y-shaped mark. Epiproct pale brown; paraprocts pale brown, dark brown area on outer border.

Morphology. Head ( Fig. 9 View Figure ): H/MxW: 1.56, H/d: 3.87, H/D: 2.6, upper border of compound eyes below the level of the vertex, this emarginate medially, IO/MxW: 0.47; outer cusp of lacinial tip broad, with six denticles. Forewings ( Fig. 7 View Figure ). L/W: 2.39, pterostigma elongate, projected in the middle towards Rs, lp/wp: 3.67. Areola postica tall, slanted posteriorly, apex rounded, al/ah: 1.83. Hindwings (Fig. 08): l/w: 2.66. Central sclerite of hypandrium with bifurcated postero-lateral processes, distally broad, flanking a short and denticulate median arch ( Fig. 12 View Figure ). Phallosome with side struts V-shaped ( Fig. 11 View Figure ), external parameres distally dilated, membranous; lateral endophallic sclerites spindle-shaped, wider in the middle and sharply narrow at the ends. Mesal endophallic sclerite transverse, with two antero-lateral projections, and one postero-median projection. Paraprocts ( Fig. 10 View Figure ) elongate, broadly oval, with a setal field distally, sensory fields with 26 trichobothria on basal rosettes. Epiproct wide, broadly triangular, anteriorly straight, posteriorly rounded, posterior border with setae as illustrated ( Fig. 10 View Figure ).

Measurements. FW: 4250, HW: 2925, F: 1100, T: 1900, t1: 760, t2: 90, t3: 140, ctt1: 24, f1: 790, f2: 710, f3: 670, f4: 580, f5: 430, f6: 370, f7: 320, f8: 270 Mx4: 250, IO: 560, D: 460, d: 310, IO/d: 1.81, PO: 0.67.

Specimen studied. Holotype male. COLOMBIA. Putumayo, Puerto Asís. 00°23’21.0’’N  : 76°31’41.9”W. 264 m. 5.III.2014. J. Panche. MUSENUV slide code No. 28993. Led light trap in forest canopy.

Etymology. This species is dedicated to "El Sabio" Francisco José de Caldas y Tenorio (1768–1816), first Colombian scientist and one of the precursors of the fight for the independence of Colombia; whose research, curiosity and desire for knowledge were valuable in a time of darkness for America and Colombia.