Mirandofures altoguineae Gustafsson & Bush

Bush, Sarah E., 2017, Morphological revision of the hyperdiverse Brueelia - complex (Insecta: Phthiraptera: Ischnocera: Philopteridae) with new taxa, checklists and generic key, Zootaxa 4313 (1), pp. 1-443: 71-74

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Mirandofures altoguineae Gustafsson & Bush
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Mirandofures altoguineae Gustafsson & Bush  , new species

( Figs 98–105View FIGURES 98 – 99View FIGURES 100 – 105)

Type host. Oreostruthus fuliginosus hagenensis De Vis, 1898  —mountain firetail. Type locality. Mount Kaindi , elev. 2300 m, Morobe District, Papua New Guinea. 

Diagnosis. Mirandofures altoguineae  n. sp. is separated from all other described species of Mirandofures  n. gen. by the short, broad head ( Fig. 100View FIGURES 100 – 105). The male genitalia of Mi. altoguineae  ( Figs 102–104View FIGURES 100 – 105) are similar to those of species from Lonchura  spp., such as Mi. stenozona ( Kellogg & Chapman, 1902)  and Mi. muniae ( Eichler, 1957)  , but separated from these by the presence of a distinct heel on the median margin of the parameres ( Fig. 104View FIGURES 100 – 105) just distal to the mesosome. In Mirandofures  from members of Lonchura  the proximal mesosome is small and rectangular, typically not protruding much anterior to the gonopore, whereas in Mi. altoguineae  it is trapezoidal and somewhat extended ( Fig. 103View FIGURES 100 – 105).

Description. Both sexes. Head shape, structure, and chaetotaxy as in genus description and Fig. 100View FIGURES 100 – 105. Marginal carinal plate extensive, roughly crescent-shaped. Marginal temporal carina and pre- and postocular nodi more darkly pigmented than rest of head. Thoracic and abdominal segments as in genus description and Figs 98–99View FIGURES 98 – 99. Thorax and abdomen uniformly light brown, with pleurites darker.

Male. Antennae as in Fig. 100View FIGURES 100 – 105. Abdominal chaetotaxy as in Table 4 and Fig. 98View FIGURES 98 – 99. Basal apodeme roughly rectangular ( Fig. 98View FIGURES 98 – 99). Proximal mesosome trapezoidal with 5 small sensilla medianly; these sensilla may be the ames; 2 pmes on each side lateral to gonopore. Gonopore ( Fig. 103View FIGURES 100 – 105) widely open distally. Mesosomal lobes slender, somewhat elongated distally; antero-lateral corner with distinct elongated nodi; lateral and distal margins rugose. Parameral heads ( Fig. 104View FIGURES 100 – 105) blunt. Parameral blades much elongated, with distinct median heel just distal to mesosome; pst1–2 as in genus description. Measurements ex Oreostruthus fuliginosus hagenensis  (n = 8 except n = 7 for TL): TL = 1.45–1.49; HL = 0.34–0.36; HW = 0.29–0.32; PRW = 0.20–0.22; PTW = 0.36–0.38; AW = 0.49– 0.51.

Female. Antennae as in Fig. 101View FIGURES 100 – 105. Abdominal chaetotaxy as in Table 4 and Fig. 99View FIGURES 98 – 99. Subgenital plate rectangular ( Fig. 105View FIGURES 100 – 105), distal margin with slender median extension that reaches vulval margin. Vulval margin ( Fig. 105View FIGURES 100 – 105) with distinct median bulge; 3–5 long, slender vms on each side, and 5–7 short, thorn-like vss on each side; 4–5 long, slender vos on posterior margin, not following median extension and not approaching vss. Measurements ex Oreostruthus fuliginosus hagenensis  (n = 14 except n = 13 for AW): TL = 1.94–2.07 (1.98); HL = 0.38–0.41 (0.40); HW = 0.33–0.35 (0.34); PRW = 0.22–0.23 (0.22); PTW = 0.39–0.41 (0.40); AW = 0.50–0.57 (0.52).

Etymology. The species epithet is formed by Latin “ altus ” for “high”, combined with the type locality, referring to the highland habitats of the host.

Type material. Ex Oreostruthus fuliginosus hagenensis  : Holotype ♂, 40 road km N of Mendi, elev. 2800 m, Kagaba, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea, 19 Dec. 1967, M. Nadchatram & A.B. Mirza, BBM- NG-60535 ( BPBMAbout BPBM)  . Paratypes: 4♂, 7♀, same data as holotype ( BPBMAbout BPBM)  ; 1♂, 5♀, same data as holotype, except BBM-NG-60537 ( BPBMAbout BPBM)  ; 1♀, 40 km NNE of Mendi, elev. 2800 m, Kagaba , Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea, 18 Sep. 1968, A.B. Mirza, BBM-NG-97136 ( BPBMAbout BPBM)  ; 1♂, 1♀, Mount Giluwe , elev. 3300 m, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea, 2 Jun. 1963, J.H. Sedlacek, BBM-NG-20226 ( BPBMAbout BPBM)  .