Aratricerca cirithra 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: 109-112

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Aratricerca cirithra Gustafsson & Bush
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Aratricerca cirithra Gustafsson & Bush  , new species

( Figs 168–174View FIGURES 168 – 169View FIGURES 170 – 174)

Type host. Ptiloprora guisei guisei (De Vis, 1894)  —rufous-backed honeyeater.

Type locality. 12 miles S of Edie Creek, elev. 2405 m, Bulldog Road , Morobe District, Papua New Guinea. 

Diagnosis. Aratricerca cirithra  n. sp. is superficially similar to members of Turdinirmus  , with which it shares the following characters: dorsal preantennal suture reaches ads and dsms; ventral anterior plate present; parameral blades irregularly oval; female subgenital plate approaches vulval margin, but does not flare. However, pns and pos are absent in Aratricerca  n. gen. ( Fig. 170View FIGURES 170 – 174) but present in Turdinirmus  ( Figs 184View FIGURES 184 – 188, 191View FIGURES 191 – 195), and while the dorsal preantennal suture interrupts the lateral margin of the head in Ar. cirithra  , this is not the case in Turdinirmus  . Abdominal chaetotaxy is similar between the two genera, but ps and absent on segment III in Turdinirmus  , but present in Ar. cirithra  ( Table 2). For differences between Aratricerca  and the morphologically similar Turdinirmoides  n. gen., see genus description.

Description. Both sexes. Head shape, structure, and chaetotaxy as in genus description and Fig. 170View FIGURES 170 – 174. Dorsal preantennal suture in some specimens medianly continuous, but section median to ads considerably narrower than lateral sections; this may be a mounting issue. Ventral anterior plate diffuse posteriorly. Ventral carinae with fingers protruding into clypeo-labral suture, in some specimens with distinct thickening medianly. Thickening on lateral section of dorsal anterior plate may be remnants of marginal carina. Preantennal head darker than postantennal head. Thoracic and abdominal segments as in genus description and Figs 168–169View FIGURES 168 – 169. Sternal plates and median section of tergopleurites translucent; lateral tergopleurites and pleurites with dark brown pigmentation. Pleurites interlock to form “rails” along abdominal sides.

Male. Only sternal plate II with antero-lateral thickening ( Fig. 168View FIGURES 168 – 169). Abdominal chaetotaxy as in Table 2 and Fig. 168View FIGURES 168 – 169. Dorsal setae on tail absent in some specimens, including holotype. Basal apodeme ( Fig. 171View FIGURES 170 – 174) bluntly oval. Proximal mesosome bulbous. Gonopore ( Fig. 172View FIGURES 170 – 174) as subparallel, sublateral hook-shaped sclerites, open distally and proximally. Mesosomal lobes with angular process at about half-length; distal to this hyaline discs with diffusely rugose distal margins; 2 pmes visible on each lobe lateral to gonopore. Parameral heads ( Fig. 173View FIGURES 170 – 174) narrow, bifid. Parameral blades lobe-like; pst1 sensillus, located centrally in distal part; pst2 absent. Measurements ex Ptiloprora guisei guisei  (n = 3 except n = 2 for AW): TL = 2.30–2.40; HL = 0.41–0.43; HW = 0.36–0.37; PRW = 0.25–0.28; PTW = 0.25–0.28; AW = 0.40–0.46.

Female. Sternal plates II –III with antero-lateral thickenings, more prominent on sternal plate II ( Fig. 169View FIGURES 168 – 169). Abdominal chaetotaxy as in Table 2 and Fig. 169View FIGURES 168 – 169. Subgenital plate ( Fig. 174View FIGURES 170 – 174) rectangular with distal median process that approaches but does not reach vulval margin. Vulval margin ( Fig. 174View FIGURES 170 – 174) gently rounded, with 5–6 short, slender vms on each side, and 7–9 short, thorn-like vss on each side; 5–7 long, slender vos; distal 2–3 vos median or even distal to vss. Measurements ex Ptiloprora guisei guisei  (n = 9 except n = 7 for TL and n = 6 for AW): TL = 2.56–2.80; HL = 0.41–0.45; HW = 0.36–0.41; PRW = 0.25–0.29; PTW = 0.26–0.30; AW = 0.40–0.51.

Etymology. The species epithet is derived from Greek “ kiríthra ” for “honeycomb”, but Latinized. This refers to the shape of the pterothorax.

Type material. Ex Ptiloprora guisei guisei  : Holotype ♂, 12 miles S of Edie Creek, elev. 2405 m, Bulldog Road, Morobe District, Papua New Guinea, 3 Jul. 1966, J. Wilkes, BBM-NG-52268 ( BPBM)  . Paratypes: 1♀, Mount Kaindi , elev. 2300 m, Morobe District, Papua New Guinea, 6 Jul. 1967, A.C. Ziegler, BBM-NG-53460 ( BPBM)  ; 2♀, Bulldog Road , elev. 2850 m, Morobe District, Papua New Guinea, 30 May 1962, J.H. Sedlacek, BBM-NG-20131 ( BPBM)  ; 3♂, 4♀, 6 miles from Edie Creek , elev. 2200 m, Bulldog Road, Morobe District, Papua New Guinea, 4 Dec. 1970, A.B. Mirza, BBM-NG-99467, 99490, 99492 ( BPBM)  ; 1♀, same locality and collector as previous, 6 Dec. 1970, BBM-NG-99511 ( BPBM)  ; 1♀, 20 miles SW of Kabwum, elev. 2880 m, Saruwaged Range , Morobe District, Papua New Guinea, 1 Aug. 1966, R.M. Mitchell & J. Wilkes, BBM-NG-52628 ( BPBM)  .