Ileopeltus similarus, Godoy

Godoy, Carolina, 2004, (Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae), Zootaxa 608, pp. 1-4: 2

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Ileopeltus similarus, Godoy

sp. nov.

Ileopeltus similarus, Godoy  , sp. nov. ( Figs. 1–8View FIGURES 1 – 8)

Type material: Holotype, maleʹ Costa Rica: Puntarenas: Finca Cafrosa, Embalse 2.5 Km. sur Progreso, 1280 m., 17 ­V­ 1998, Col. C. Godoy & P. Hanson, L­S 317800 ­N 516200 ( INBio). Paratypes 5 male and 2 female same data as holotype ( CAS, INBio, NHM, UCR).

Description. Length of male 5.2–5.7 mm, female 5.5–5.8 mm. General color ochraceous, with three light to dark markings on the crown surrounding the coronal suture. Pronotum usually with four light brown longitudinal bands, occasionally continuing onto the scutellum. Forewing subhyaline with dark spots on claval area, proximal and distal ends of inner anteapical cell, and proximal end of central anteapical cell. Crown roundly produced, median length slightly longer than length next to eye ( Fig. 1View FIGURES 1 – 8). Spinulation of apex of hind femora 2 + 2 + 1.

Male genitalia: Pygofer in lateral aspect with posterior margin produced into long, distinctive, acute, posteriorly directed process ( Figs. 2, 3View FIGURES 1 – 8). Subgenital plate short, rounded apically, macrosetae uniseriate, lateral margin convex, fused to valve along anterior margin ( Fig. 4View FIGURES 1 – 8). Style apex linear, stout, and rugose, preapical angle absent ( Fig. 5View FIGURES 1 – 8). Connective as long as aedeagus ( Fig. 6View FIGURES 1 – 8). Aedeagus without processes, asymmetrical, shaft narrow ( Fig. 7View FIGURES 1 – 8), apex acute in caudoventral aspect, curved in lateral aspect; gonopore on right side at base of shaft.

Female abdominal sternum VII with posterior margin shallowly excavated, with two short teeth at middle of concavity ( Fig. 8View FIGURES 1 – 8).

Distribution. Known only from Costa Rica.

Diagnosis. Ileopeltus similarus  is close to I. nanocanthus  but the former lacks an orange band on the body and has a posterior process on the pygofer.

Natural History. The specimens were collected with black light in an open area.


National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica


California Academy of Sciences