Tupiperla ubuntu

Duarte, Tácio, Novaes, Marcos Carneiro & Bispo, Pitágoras Da Conceição, 2019, Five new species of Tupiperla Froehlich, 1969 (Plecoptera: Gripopterygidae), Zootaxa 4671 (4), pp. 511-526: 520-522

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Tupiperla ubuntu

sp. nov.

Tupiperla ubuntu  sp. nov.

( Figs. 2View FIGURE 2 G–H, Figs. 6View FIGURE 6 A–E)

Material Examined. Holotype. Male. Brazil: Santa Catarina: Orleans, Rio Minador , S28°10’24’’, W49°24’37’’, 19.viii-12.x.2013, Malaise trap, LC Pinho et al. col. ( MZSP).GoogleMaps 

Paratypes. Same data, except for: S28°10’28’’, W49°24’36’’, 10.xi-13.xii.2013, Malaise trap, LC Pinho et al. col., 3 males, 24 femalesGoogleMaps  ; same data, except for: 12.x-10.xi.2013, Malaise trap, LC Pinho et al. col., 22 femalesGoogleMaps  ; same data, except for: 14.viii-12.x.2013, Malaise trap, LC Pinho et al. col., 1 male, 26 females (1 male, 2 females at UFBA)GoogleMaps  ; same data, except for: 06.vii-19.viii.2013, Malaise trap, LC Pinho et al. col., 3 femalesGoogleMaps  ; same data, except for: 19.viii-12.x.2013, Malaise trap, LC Pinho et al. col., 1 male, 25 femalesGoogleMaps  ; same data, except for: S28°10’24’’, W49°24’37’’, 13.xii.2013 - 11.i.2014, Malaise trap, LC Pinho et al. col., 1 femaleGoogleMaps  ; same data, except for: S28°10’35’’, W49°24’36’’, 12.x-10.xi.2013, Malaise trap, LC Pinho et al. col., 1 femaleGoogleMaps  ; same data, except for: S28°10’43’’, W49°24’33’’, 07.v-08.vi.2013, Malaise trap, LC Pinho, AP Amaral, MO Bessel & AM Will col., 1 maleGoogleMaps  ; same data, except for: Rio Três Barras , S28°12’44’’, W49°27’28’’, 15.x.2012, light trap, LC Pinho, LS Gomes & AL Schlindwein col., 1 maleGoogleMaps  ; Malaise trap, ilha, 12.xii.2013, 1 female; #78, 2 females.

Measurement. Holotype, male: head width, 0.9 mm; pronotum width, 0.8 mm; pronotum length, 0.62 mm; forewing length, 7.3 mm; hind wing length, 6.0 mm; antenna length, 7.3 mm; 15 cercomeres.

Paratypes: Males (n= 7): head width, 0.9–1.0 mm; pronotum width, 0.74–0.8 mm; pronotum length, 0.55–0.8 mm; forewing length, 7.3–7.6 mm; hind wing length, 6.2–6.5 mm; antenna length, 7.2–7.3 mm; 13–15 cercomeres. Females (n= 105): head width, 1.0– 1.1 mm; pronotum width, 0.9–0.94 mm; pronotum length, 0.73–0.75 mm; forewing length, 9.2–9.4 mm; hind wing length, 8.0– 8.1 mm; antenna length, 7.4 mm; 12–16 cercomeres.

Description. Tupiperla ubuntu  sp. nov. is a small sized species. General color brown. Head dark brown with lighter area in front of the coronal fork, and laterally to the eyes ( Fig. 2GView FIGURE 2); ocelli and eyes black; anterior part of frons darker; clypeus and labrum brown; lateral part of the head, behind eyes, with a distinct dark brown band. Maxillary and labial palpi light brown. Antenna dark brown. Pronotum squarish, with rounded corners, and narrower than the head ( Fig. 2GView FIGURE 2). Legs dark brown; femur lighter proximally and darker distally, covered with thin bristles, and with disto-ventral spine present; tibia and tarsi darker, and covered with thin bristles. Wings membranous, brownish; forewing with darker patterns bordering veins and crossveins conspicuous, pterostigmatic crossveins absent, RA unforked, RP forked and CuA long forked; hind wing with M3+4, near its separation from M1+2, fused with CuA in part of its length, CuA long forked, 6th anal vein fused with hind margin of wing ( Fig. 2HView FIGURE 2).

Male. Abdomen brown, with a conspicuous inverted trapezium-shaped clear band on abdominal terga 1–9. T10 dark brown. T10 extension almost black; in dorsal view, fish tail shaped ( Fig. 6AView FIGURE 6); in lateral view, ending in two large downcurved teeth ( Fig. 6CView FIGURE 6). Paraprocts, in ventral view, thin, apex spoon-shaped, and with several external median bristles ( Fig. 6BView FIGURE 6); in lateral view, narrow at the base, expanding toward a truncated apex, which has a subapical dorsal tooth ( Fig. 6CView FIGURE 6). Subgenital plate brownish with central area darker, triangular shaped and with apex prolonged between the paraprocts ( Fig. 6BView FIGURE 6). Epiproct absent.

Female. Abdominal segments 1–7 milky; St7 with two-minute sclerites. Several thin bristles covering St8–10 and paraprocts. St8 forms a long sclerotized subgenital plate that reaches St10, but do not surpass it; plate with a conspicuous lateral narrowing near the base, gradually widening from the base to the apex ( Figs. 6View FIGURE 6 D–E). Paraprocts, in lateral view, elongated, apex pointed ( Fig. 6EView FIGURE 6).

Nymphs. unknown.

Remarks. Males of Tupiperla ubuntu  has a T10 extension that resembles that of T. oliveirai  . However, the paraprocts in T. ubuntu  are thin and expand gradually towards a truncated apex, ending postero-dorsally in a small pointed tooth. In T. oliveirai  , the paraprocts are strongly dilated, bent upward in last third, with a membranous area apically and a subapical dorsal tooth.

Tupiperla ubuntu  is described based on male and female specimens collected in the village of Minador River in the municipality of Orleans, Santa Catarina State, Brazil. Most material was collected using Malaise traps from August to December 2013. The number of females collected was 15 times greater than the number of males.

Etymology. The specific name ubuntu  is in allusion to the ancient African word (Nguni word) which brings the notion of solidarity, cooperation, respect, and generosity. The name is a noun in apposition.


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