Doratulina dmitrievi, Zahniser & Dietrich, 2013

Zahniser, James N. & Dietrich, Chris H., 2013, A review of the tribes of Deltocephalinae (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadellidae), European Journal of Taxonomy 45, pp. 1-211: 190-191

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Doratulina dmitrievi

sp. nov.

Doratulina dmitrievi   sp. nov.

Fig. 54 View Fig A-B, D-J


Other than the four species of the distinctive genus Hodoedocus Jacobi, 1910   , there are three described species of Stenometopiini from Africa: Doratulina sobrina (Melichar, 1912)   from Chad, Gabon, the Republic of the Congo, and Central African Republic; Stirellus flavovirescens (Stål, 1855)   from South Africa; and S. sagittarius (Naudé, 1926)   from South Africa. The new species does not conform to any of their descriptions.


This species is named for Dr. D.A. Dmitriev in recognition of his contributions to the understanding of the morphology of the nymphs of Deltocephalinae   and for his contributions to the 3I database and interactive key to Deltocephalinae   .

Type material


♂, ZAMBIA, Northwestern Prov. , ~ 28.5 km N of Mwinilunga, 11°30’16.1” S – 024°22’44.8” E, Chitunta plain grassland, 1384 m, 4-7 Nov. 2007, ZA-03, sweep, J.N. Zahniser, coll. INHS.



9 ♂♂, 6 ♀♀, same data as holotype. All specimens deposited at INHS.


SIZE. ♂ 2.9-3.2 mm, ♀ 3.2-3.5 mm.

COLOR. General color light fuscous to dark brown or black. Males usually more darkly colored than females.

BODY. Crown shagreen to base; coronal suture lightly colored; with pair of small ovoid dark markings near base. Frontoclypeus fuscous with dark brown arcs from lateral frontal suture reaching only part way across. Clypellus parallel-sided; extending slightly beyond normal curve of gena. Gena with large dark brown spot below antennal bases; with small dark brown spot below eye. Pronotum, forewings, and abdomen fuscous to dark brown or black dorsally; laterally with bright yellow or greenish stripe. Forewings brachypterous, exposing 4 pregenital tergites; venation reticulated. Profemur row AM with AM1 and with an additional more proximal macroseta; intercalary row with a few fine setae; row AV with many close-set, short stout setae. Protibia dorsal macrosetae 1+3. Mesotibia dorsal macrosetae 3+3. Metafemur apex macrosetae 2+1 or 2+1+1; with several smaller scattered setae.

MALE. Pregenital sternite lightly sclerotized on apical half. Pygofer dorsally incised to base; long, sloping caudoventrally; apex subquadrate; with few macrosetae dorsally; with group of short setae ventrally; with short tooth on apical half near ventral margin; with median lightly colored stripe separating dorsal and ventral parts; apex darkly colored. Segment X long; sclerotized dorsally and laterally. Valve long, triangular. Subgenital plates rounded laterally; macrosetae uniseriate laterally. Connective Y -shaped; anterior arms with small lateral lobes; stem nearly as long as anterior arms; stem divided for most of length. Style narrow; median anterior arm somewhat produced anteriorly; apophysis digitate. Aedeagus with narrowly triangular base; flagellum long, parallel to base, about 2 x longer than longest length of base.

FEMALE. Sternite VII slightly notched medially. Pygofer with few apical macrosetae.


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