Ruppeliana signiceps ( Stål, 1862 ), Stal, 1862

Mejdalani, Gabriel, 2017, The Neotropical sharpshooter genus Ruppeliana Young (Insecta: Hemiptera: Cicadellidae): four new species, key to males, and new synonyms, Zootaxa 4329 (5), pp. 436-448: 446

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4329.5.2

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:14Dfbc0E-3940-4E92-Ade6-7410439A7B50

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03E78797-FFD5-FF98-DE89-30EFFB05FA54

treatment provided by

Plazi

scientific name

Ruppeliana signiceps ( Stål, 1862 )
status

 

Ruppeliana signiceps ( Stål, 1862)  

( Figures 28–35 View FIGURES 28 – 35 )

Tettigonia signiceps Stål, 1862: 39  

Female holotype from Rio de Janeiro ( NHRS) ( Fig. 28 View FIGURES 28 – 35 ). Tettigonia coronulifera Stål, 1862: 39   , syn. nov. Male holotype from Rio de Janeiro ( NHRS) ( Fig. 29 View FIGURES 28 – 35 ). Tettigonia taschenbergi Berg, 1899: 160   , syn. nov. Male holotype from Brazil ( MLUH) ( Fig. 30 View FIGURES 28 – 35 ).

Taxonomic notes. Tettigonia signiceps   ( Fig. 28 View FIGURES 28 – 35 ) and T. coronulifera   ( Fig. 29 View FIGURES 28 – 35 ) were described by Stål (1862) on page 39 of his important work on the Hemiptera   from Rio de Janeiro (Southeastern Brazil), the first based on a female and the second on a male (as only one specimen was cited by Stål for each species, we believe that they are the holotypes). Taschenberg (1884: 442) described T. hieroglyphica   based on a male from Brazil; as this specific name was preoccupied (viz., T. hieroglyphica Say, 1830   ), Berg (1899: 160) proposed the replacement name taschenbergi   ( Fig. 30 View FIGURES 28 – 35 ) (see Metcalf 1965 and McKamey 2007). Young (1977) provided illustrations of the female holotype of T. signiceps   (anterior dorsum), male holotype of T. coronulifera   (anterior dorsum and genitalia) and male holotype of T. taschenbergi   (anterior dorsum only, the abdomen was missing); he also designated T. signiceps   as the type species of Ruppeliana   . We believe that specimens previously associated with these three nomina ( signiceps   , coronulifera   , and taschenbergi   ) belong to a single species that has a somewhat variable color pattern ( Figs. 28–33 View FIGURES 28 – 35 ). All females have a similar sternite VII ( Fig. 34 View FIGURES 28 – 35 , see also Young 1977: 748, fig. 609i) and males have the aedeagus as illustrated by Young (1977) for T. coronulifera   ( Fig. 35 View FIGURES 28 – 35 ); sternite VII has a posteromedian lobe and the aedeagus has very elongate and slender atrial processes. In order to prevent further confusion, we believe that T. coronulifera   and T. taschenbergi   should be considered as synonyms of R. signiceps   .

Material examined. Southeastern Brazil. Espírito Santo State: one female, Santa Teresa ( MNRJ). Minas Gerais State: one male, Catas Altas, RPPN [Reserva Particular do Patrimônio Natural] Santuário do Caraça [ Fig. 33 View FIGURES 28 – 35 ], S20°6’1.9’’, W43°29’28.6’’ ( MNRJ). Rio de Janeiro State: one male, Teresópolis [ Fig. 32 View FIGURES 28 – 35 ], Vale da Revolta ( MNRJ); four females, Rio de Janeiro, Corcovado ( DZUP). Paraná State: two females, São José dos Pinhais ( DZUP); one male and one female, Marumbi, Morretes ( DZUP); one female, Morretes ( DZUP).

NHRS

Swedish Museum of Natural History, Entomology Collections

MLUH

Martin Luther Universitaet

MNRJ

Museu Nacional/Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro

DZUP

Universidade Federal do Parana, Colecao de Entomologia Pe. Jesus Santiago Moure

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hemiptera

Family

Cicadellidae

Genus

Ruppeliana

Loc

Ruppeliana signiceps ( Stål, 1862 )

Mejdalani, Gabriel 2017
2017
Loc

Tettigonia signiceps Stål, 1862 : 39

Stal 1862: 39
1862