Chinaocerus sexspinosus Zhang & Webb

Zhang, Bin, Chi, Wenfeng & Webb, M. D., 2018, Description of two new idiocerine leafhoppers of the genus Chinaocerus (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) from southwestern China, Zootaxa 4457 (4), pp. 583-588: 585-588

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Chinaocerus sexspinosus Zhang & Webb

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Chinaocerus sexspinosus Zhang & Webb  sp. nov.

( Figs 3–4 View Figure , 7–8 View Figure , 19–28 View Figure )

Male. Pale brown. Vertex ( Fig. 3 View Figure ) with two small black spots adjacent to eyes. Face ( Fig. 7 View Figure ) pale yellow. Eyes and ocelli lemon yellow ( Fig. 7 View Figure ). Pronotum ( Fig. 3 View Figure ) with pair of triangular black marks on anterior margin. Scutellum yellowish brown with basal triangles dark brown, a round spot on either side of median line. Forewings ( Fig. 3 View Figure ) greyish brown, veins brown.

Male genitalia. Pygofer ( Figs 21–22 View Figure ) with dorsoposterior corner tapered to narrowly rounded apex, posteroventral margin without denticles. Anal collar ( Figs 21–22 View Figure ) with arms elongate with apices hook-like, twisted and directed inward, 0.4 times as long as pygofer. Style ( Fig. 23 View Figure ) elongate, apophysis with outer margin bearing approximately 12 fine subapical setae and 4 more apical macrosetae. Aedeagus ( Figs 26, 27 View Figure ) with well developed dorsal apodeme and short preatrium; shaft elongate, laterally compressed and distinctly sinuate with rounded upturned apex in lateral view; subapically with three pairs of processes: one pair arising laterally, two pair arising ventrally, the more dorsal longer processes arising close to gonopore and with outer margin serrated, the short processes situated slightly below the longer processes.

Male basal abdominal apodemes ( Fig. 20 View Figure ) longer than ventral ones, attaining posterior margin of sternite V.

Female. Similar in overall coloration to male ( Fig. 4 View Figure ). but vertex and upper part of face with two pairs of blackish spots: one pair larger near to median line, other pair adjacent to eyes ( Fig. 8 View Figure ); pronotum with a pair darkish brown stripes on median area and scutellum with basal triangles and central spots paler.

Female genitalia. Second valvulae ( Fig. 28 View Figure ) regularly broadened in lateral view, bearing approximately 9 teeth along dorsal margin.

Measurements (mm). Male: body length 4.9, face length 1.28, width 1.6; distance between ocelli 0.47; distance from ocellus to eyes 0.25; medial length of pronotum 0.57, width 1.37; scutellum length 0.77, width 1.02. Female: body length 4.8–5.0, face length 1.27–1.3, width 1.61–1.63; distance between ocelli 0.47–0.5; distance from ocellus to eyes 0.25–0.3; medial length of pronotum 0.55–0.57, width 1.37–1.38; scutellum length 0.8–0.83, width 1.03–1.05.

Material examined. Holotype: ♂, China, Yunnan Province, Lijiang County, 6. viii.2017, Bin Zhang  . Paratypes: 5♀♀, same date as holotype.

Host plant. Unknown.

Distribution. China: Yunnan.

Diagnosis. Chinaocerus sexspinosus  can be distinguished by its sinuate aedeagal shaft in lateral view with three subapical pairs of processes and by the stout apical setae of the style.

Etymology. The specific epithet is derived from the Latin words sex, meaning six, and spinosus, meaning spiny, referring to the six processes of the aedeagus.