Hamada, Neusa, Hernandez, Luis M. & Luz, Sergio Luiz Bessa, 2006, Taxonomy of Simulium guaporense Py­Daniel (Diptera: Simuliidae) from Brazil, with the first description of males and females, Zootaxa 1104, pp. 23-34: 24-32

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Simulium  (Psaroniocomps a) guaporense Py­Daniel 

( Figs. 1–33View FIGURES 1 – 15View FIGURES 16 – 24View FIGURES 25 – 29View FIGURES 30 – 33)

Simulium guaporense Py­Daniel, 1989: 502  ­508. HOLOTYPE pupa (on slide, INPA 5849 ­ 1), BRAZIL: Rondônia State, Igarapé Ponte de Pedra, km 27 da rodovia RO­ 399, Fazenda Régis; 1981 (V. Py­Daniel) ( INPA) [Examined]

Simulium (Psaroniocompsa) siolii Py­Daniel, 1988: 294  –300. [In part]

Female. General body color black. Body mean length (specimens pinned) 1.67 mm (SD = 0.05, n = 5), wing mean length 1.7 mm (SD = 0.09, n = 5), wing mean width 0.7 mm (SD = 0.03, n = 5).

Head dichoptic with dark eyes and nudiocular area small ( Fig. 3View FIGURES 1 – 15). Frons, clypeus, and occiput pollinose with metallic reflections; clypeus, frons, and occiput bare in all specimens examined. Antenna length 0.25 mm; scape and pedicel yellowish brown, flagellum dark brown ( Fig. 1View FIGURES 1 – 15). Palpus brown ( Fig. 2View FIGURES 1 – 15); sensory vesicle occupying less than half length of third palpomere, with short neck; palpomere V approximately 2.5 times as long as palpomere III and 1.9 times as long as palpomere IV. Mandible with 6­8 external serrations and 28­30 internal teeth. Lacinia with 21–23 retrorse teeth. Cibarium with sclerotised cornuae and prominent teeth in central trough [triangular small teeth are in membrane of pharynx and in anterolateral margin of cornuae] ( Fig. 4View FIGURES 1 – 15).

Thorax with scutum black covered by recumbent, brass­colored scale­like setae, with greenish and bluish reflections with some light. Scutum, independent of light incidence, black without pattern, covered with evenly arranged scale­like setae forming 5 longitudinal lines, 1 median and 2 + 2 submedian, on central region of scutum extending from anterior to near posterior margin of scutum, and groups of setae in clumps that form broken lines diverging from anterior to lateral margins; posterior margin with single, recumbent, unevenly arranged whitish hairs ( Figs. 9, 10View FIGURES 1 – 15); humeri silver pruinose [best seen in specimens devoid of setae]; lateral and posterior margins silver pruinose [best seen with light incidence posterior and specimens tilted laterally]. Scutellum dark brown, devoid of hairs in few specimens examined. Postnotum dark brown to black with distinct silver pruinosity. Pleura and sterna black with silver pruinosity. Costa of wing with sparse distribution of spines and setae ( Fig. 20View FIGURES 16 – 24); subcosta without hairs or spines ( Fig. 20View FIGURES 16 – 24); radius with single row of spines toward apex, basal section of radius bare ( Fig. 20View FIGURES 16 – 24); basal tuft of long, dark setae. Coloration and proportions of legs as in Figs. 5–7View FIGURES 1 – 15. Foreleg ( Fig. 5View FIGURES 1 – 15) with coxa, trochanter, femur, and dorsal margin of tibia yellowish brown; ventral margin of tibia whitish; basitarsus and tarsomeres I –IV black. Middle leg ( Fig. 6View FIGURES 1 – 15) with coxa, apical one­third of basitarsus and tarsomeres I –IV dark brown; trochanter, femur and tibia yellow; two­thirds of basitarsus whitish. Hind leg ( Fig. 7View FIGURES 1 – 15) with coxa, two­thirds of femur and tibia, apical one­third of basitarsus and tarsomeres I –IV dark brown; trochanter, basal one­third of femur and tibia yellow; basal two­thirds of basitarsus whitish [silver pruinose in pinned specimens]. Femur and tibia of hind legs covered with lanceolate scale­like setae interspersed with erect black hairs. Calcipala as broad as long, reaching pedisulcus. Tarsal claws curved with basal tooth ( Fig. 8View FIGURES 1 – 15). Halters lemon yellow with dark brown base.

Abdomen ( Fig. 15View FIGURES 1 – 15) with tergites I, III –V velvet dark brown, VI –IX shiny black; tergite II brown on median region with silver pruinosity on lateral margin; basal fringe with long, brown hairs. Tergal plates developed. Sternites greyish; genitalia dark brown to black. Hypogynial lobes (= gonapophyses) subtriangular, covered by small microtrichia, mainly membranous but sclerotised on inner margins ( Fig. 13View FIGURES 1 – 15). Cercus suboval, covered with long, brown setae; anal lobe (= paraproct) about 1.5 times longer than wide at mid point, covered with long hairs ( Fig. 11View FIGURES 1 – 15). Genital fork with slender, weakly sclerotised stem; termination of lateral arms with anterior margin nearly straight and well developed; anterior processes well developed and rounded apically; posterior processes poorly developed ( Fig. 12View FIGURES 1 – 15). Spermatheca ( Fig. 14View FIGURES 1 – 15) oval without external sculpturing; internal spicules arranged in groups of 2 or 3; area of insertion of spermathecal duct membranous, nearly one­third maximum width of spermatheca.

Male. General body color black. Body mean length (specimens pinned) 1.61 mm (SD = 0.03, n = 3), wing mean length 1.5 mm (SD = 0.02, n = 3), wing mean width 0.7 mm (SD = 0.03, n = 3).

Head holoptic with dark red eyes. Antenna mean length 0.25 mm, scape and pedicel yellowish brown, flagellum dark brown ( Fig. 16View FIGURES 16 – 24). Palpus ( Fig. 17View FIGURES 16 – 24) brown, palpomere V approximately 2.3 times as long as palpomere III and 2.1 times as long as palpomere IV; sensory vesicle small, subspherical. Rest of head and scutum coloration ( Figs 18, 19View FIGURES 16 – 24) as in female; humeri weakly pruinose; lateral margins black. With light source posterior to specimen, humeri and lateral margin silver pruinose. Scutellum dark brown with long, brown, erect setae on posterior margin. Postnotum dark brown with silvery grey pruinosity. Wing setation as in female ( Fig. 20View FIGURES 16 – 24). Leg coloration and setation as in female ( Figs 5–7View FIGURES 1 – 15), but tarsal claw without basal tooth.

Abdominal tergites dark brown, basal fringe with thin, long, brown hairs and golden highlights; tergite II with silver pruinosity; tergites III –VIII with silver pruinosity on lateral margin, extent of pruinosity on tergites VI and VII being larger. Gonocoxite subquadrangular nearly as long as wide; gonostyle subtriangular, 1.5 times shorter than gonocoxite, terminating in 1 distinct apical spine and bearing 1 longitudinal ridge ( Fig. 23View FIGURES 16 – 24); gonocoxite and gonostyle covered with long setae ( Figs. 23, 24View FIGURES 16 – 24). Ventral plate ( Fig. 22View FIGURES 16 – 24) subrectangular, weakly sclerotised, with well­developed body, distinctly raised at its center; lateral arms developed and wide apically; main body of ventral plate covered by numerous setae. Median sclerite ( Fig. 21View FIGURES 16 – 24) suboval. Paramere ( Fig. 21View FIGURES 16 – 24) with welldeveloped and sclerotised basal process and numerous long spines.

Pupa. Cocoon length dorsally 2.1–2.4 mm (n = 2), ventrally 2.4­2.6 mm (n = 2); pupa length 1.3–1.8 mm (n = 2); gill length 2.1–2.4 mm (mean = 2.3 mm, SD = 0.10, n = 10). Cocoon slipper shaped, pale brown, composed of thick coalesced fibers, without anterior projection; anterior margin reinforced ( Fig. 27View FIGURES 25 – 29).

Gill configuration with short petiole and (2 + 2) + 2 filaments ( Figs. 28, 29View FIGURES 25 – 29). The dorsal branch divides into 2 secondary branches on basal one­third, 1 anterior and 1 posterior, each bifurcating at different heights at some distance from gill base. The ventral primary branch bifurcates into 2 secondary branches nearly at midpoint of gill length, often nearly at same level as anterior secondary branch. Variation in this pattern occurs with ventral primary branch bifurcating more apically than anterior and posterior secondary branches, and anterior and secondary branches bifurcating at same level. Filaments slender, with rounded ends, edges crenate, covered by small, dark, spicules; all filaments approximately of same length.

Head with 2 + 2 long, quadrifid frontal and 1 + 1 long, quadrifid, dorsal (= facial) trichomes; frontoclypeus with faint group of platelets mesally and 1 + 1 dorsolaterally in frontal region, respectively; rounded and pointed tubercles sparsely to densely distributed over entire surface ( Fig. 25View FIGURES 25 – 29).

Thorax with 5 + 5 dorsal bifid and quadrifid trichomes located near dorsal cleft and 1 + 1 bifid trichome on central region; tubercles rounded (some pointed), densely distributed anteriorly and scarce on posterior region of thorax ( Fig. 26View FIGURES 25 – 29).

Abdominal tergite I with 1 + 1 lateral, long, simple or bifid trichomes; tergite II with 3 + 3 median, simple, small trichomes in longitudinal row, 3 + 3 simple, small, trichomes to outmost trichomes unevenly arranged and 1 + 1 sublateral, small, simple trichomes; tergites III and IV with 4 + 4 submedian, simple hooks in longitudinal row, 1 + 1 small, simple trichomes anterior to outer hooks, and 2 + 2 submedian and 1 + 1 sublateral, simple or bifid trichomes on posterior margin; tergites V, VI, and VII with spine combs on anterior margin, sometimes developed into sclerotised spines centrally and with 1 + 1 or 2 + 2 small, simple, trichomes on posterior margin; sternite VIII with small spine combs; sternite IX weakly sclerotised and 1 + 1 small terminal spine. Abdominal sternite III with 2 + 2 sublateral, simple trichomes; sternite IV with 2 + 2 submedian, simple or bifid, and 2 + 2 lateral, single trichomes; sternite V with 2 + 2 median, close, bifid or quadrifid hooks in longitudinal row, 2 + 2 simple, small trichomes anterior to outer hooks; sternite VI and VII with 4 + 4 well­separated hooks, innermost trifid and outermost on right side bifid and on left side simple; sternite VIII with single, small, simple trichomes on posterior margin; sternite IX weakly sclerotised. Spine combs distributed on anterior margin of abdominal sternites III –VIII.

Larva. In general, as in original description ( Py­Daniel, 1989), but first pair of dorsal tubercles located on third thoracic segment, not on first abdominal segment ( Fig. 30View FIGURES 30 – 33); abdominal segments I –IV with 2 pairs of tubercles, 1 dorsal and 1 lateral; abdominal segment V with 1 pair of dorsal tubercles. Subesophageal ganglion not pigmented. Anal papillae with 3 branches, each with 14–16 digitiform lobes.

Taxonomic Discussion. Simulium guaporense  was described by Py­Daniel (1989) from larvae and pupae collected in the state of Rondônia, Brazil. In his 1989 paper, Py­ Daniel mentioned that in the original description of S. siolii ( Py­Daniel 1988)  , one larva he collected in Rondônia State, Igarapé da Cachoeira, Bacia do rio Guaporé matched the morphology of S. guaporense  . The second author (LMH) of the present paper examined the holotype of S. guaporense  , which is housed in INPA.

Simulium guaporense  was placed in the siolii  species group of the subgenus Psaroniocompsa  by Py­Daniel (1989), based on the presence of dorsal and lateral tubercles and multiple branched scale­like setae on the larval body. However, the presence of these tubercles (or protuberances) is apparently not restricted to this species group in the Neotropical Region. Shelley et al. (2002) described similar tubercles in two populations of the relatively well­studied species Simulium guianense Wise  (species complex) collected in Rio Verdão and Rio Doce, Goiás State, Brazil. Similar variation in tubercles is also seen in larvae of the S. damnosum  complex in Africa, in which variation in tubercle size ranges from absent to well developed. In some cases, these tubercles may be associated with cytotype or occur in populations of a single cytotype ( Shelley et al. 2002).

Adults reared from pupae collected near the type locality of S. guaporense  do not resemble those of the siolii  group. The females in the siolii  group are distinguished by having the thorax black with a pattern consisting of 1 + 1 silver pruinose bands that extend from the anterior to the posterior margins [light source anterior]. In males, the thorax is also black with a pattern consisting of 1 + 1 sublateral, silver pruinose cunae [light source anterior] [ BMNH Digital Images Archive; Hamada 2000]. The adults of S. guaporense  externally resemble species in the auristriatum  species group by having the thorax covered with brass­colored, scale­like, recumbent setae arranged in lines in the central region of the scutum and grouped in clumps forming broken lines from the anterior to lateral margins ( Figs. 9, 10View FIGURES 1 – 15, 18, 19View FIGURES 16 – 24). The morphology of the female and male genitalia of S. guaporense  agrees with the characters given by Coscarón & Wygodzinsky (1984) and Coscarón (1987, 1991) for species in the subgenus Psaroniocompsa  . At this stage, we prefer to regard S. guaporense  as a “species unplaced to group”, but near the auristriatum  species group in Psaroniocompsa  .

The thoracic pattern of females and males of S. guaporense  resembles that of other species in the auristriatum  species group ( S. auristriatum Lutz  ; S. anamariae Vulcano  ; S. brevifurcatum Lutz  ; S. schmidtmummi Wygodzinsky  ; and S. stellatum Gil­Azevedo, Figueiró & Maia­Herzog  ), from which the species can be separated by the number and configuration of gill filaments and the cocoon shape. The pupa of S. guaporense  has six filaments, which separate it from S. auristriatum  (two filaments), S. schmidtmummi  , and S. stellatum  (both with four filaments). Simulium anamariae  and S. brevifurcatum  also have six filaments; however, S. brevifurcatum  can be identified by having all filaments originating from a small stem and bifurcating basally, whereas S. anamariae  has a distinct bifid protuberance on the anterolateral margin of the cocoon. In S. guaporense  , all filaments bifurcate at some distance from the gill base and the cocoon lacks the distinct bifid protuberance on the anterolateral margin.

The females of S. guaporense  might also be confused with females of S. incrustatum  by the thorax having numerous hairs forming a longitudinal line running the length of the scutum. However, S. incrustatum  can be identified by the scutum having only one median longitudinal line of hairs and 1 + 1 silver pruinose cunae on the anterior one­third [light incidence posterior] ( Shelley et al. 2000: 192, Figs. 42–43). The males of S. guaporense  have an arrangement of hairs similar to that of the females. The males are reliably separated from those of S. incrustatum  by the structure of the ventral plate and the gonostyle. The ventral plate in S. guaporense  is subrectangular and weakly developed centrally. The gonostyle is triangular, terminating in a well­developed spine and bearing one longitudinal ridge. In S. incrustatum  , the ventral plate is subtriangular, with the main body not developed centrally, and the gonostyle is rectangular, terminating in a poorly developed spine ( Shelley et al. 2000: 200–201, Figs. 103, 113). Both species cannot be reliably identified based on the pupal gill configuration. Another species with similar branching pattern is S. angrense Pinto. However  , S. angrense  can be recognized by the considerably longer gill filaments (length 4.3 mm). In S. guaporense  , the gill length ranges from 2.1 to 2.4 mm.

Variation in the pupal gill configuration and the setation on abdominal sternites V, VI, and VII was seen in specimens of S. guaporense  we examined. The filaments of the primary and dorsal branches can bifurcate at the same level or at different heights ( Figs. 28, 29View FIGURES 25 – 29), whereas the hooks on abdominal sternites V –VII can be simple to trifid.

In the original description of S. siolii  , S. damascenoi  , and S. lourencoi, Py­Daniel (1988)  reported the presence of one pair of tubercles, on the dorsal region of the first larval abdominal segment. However, when he described S. guaporense ( Py­Daniel 1989)  , he changed his description of the location of these paired dorsal tubercles in S. siolii  , S. damascenoi  , and S. lourencoi  to the second larval abdominal segment. He believed that S. guaporense  larvae had their first paired dorsal tubercles on the first abdominal segment. Hamada (2000) also placed the first pair of dorsal tubercles on the second abdominal segment in her description of S. tergospinosum  . After close examination of larvae of S. guaporense  , S. siolii  , S. damascenoi  , and S. tergospinosum  , we realized that the location of the first pair of dorsal tubercles of these species needs to be reassigned. We did not examine larvae of S. lourencoi  . In the larvae of S. guaporense  , the first pair of dorsal tubercles is located on the third thoracic segment ( Fig. 30View FIGURES 30 – 33). Figure 30View FIGURES 30 – 33 also shows the first dorsal tubercles on the same segment as the hind leg histoblast. Figures 31­33View FIGURES 30 – 33 show the location of the first pair of dorsal tubercles on the first abdominal segment of the larvae of S. damascenoi  , S. siolii  , and S. tergospinosum  , respectively.

Distribution. S. guaporense  has been recorded only from Brazil in the state of Rondônia ( Crosskey & Howard, 1997, 2004). In this paper, we report this species for the first time in Mato Grosso State.

Biology. The immature stages of S. guaporense  are found in sandy­bottomed streams in forest or open areas that were formerly forested, with mean width of 2.1 m (SD = 0.63, n = 4), mean water temperature of 22.5 oC (SD = 1, n = 4), mean pH of 5.1 (SD = 0.24, n = 4), and electrical conductivity of less than 10 S/cm. Larvae and pupae were collected from deciduous leaves and trailing vegetation. More than one hundred females were collected biting humans in Igarapé da Roda d’Agua, Mato Grosso State, during early morning (about 8:00– 9:00 AM).


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Hamada, Neusa, Hernandez, Luis M. & Luz, Sergio Luiz Bessa 2006

Simulium guaporense Py­Daniel, 1989 : 502

Py-Daniel 1989: 502

Simulium (Psaroniocompsa) siolii Py­Daniel, 1988 : 294

Py-Daniel 1988: 294