Agrophaspidium pollinosum Wheeler and Mlynarek

Wheeler, Terry A. & Mlynarek, Julia J., 2008, Systematics of Agrophaspidium, a new genus of Neotropical Chloropidae (Diptera), Zootaxa 1926, pp. 41-52: 47-48

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Agrophaspidium pollinosum Wheeler and Mlynarek

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Agrophaspidium pollinosum Wheeler and Mlynarek   , sp. n.

( Figs. 4 View FIGURES 1 – 4. 1 , 19– 21 View FIGURES 19 – 21 )

Description: Total length 1.4–1.8mm. Frons yellow anteriorly, brown posteriorly, densely gray pollinose; frontal triangle in male with two shining stripes lateral to posterior ocelli, female with additional shining spot anterior to anterior ocellus, frontal triangle darker in male than in female; ocellar tubercle black, pollinose; 5– 6 long, strong fronto-orbital setae; 4–5 short interfrontal setulae, anterior pair longest, but weak and pale; ocellar bristles dark, shorter than fronto-orbital setae; postocellar bristles strong, dark, same size as outer verticals; inner vertical bristle dark, fine, short; outer vertical bristle strong, dark; eye sparsely pubescent, genal height 0.08–0.11 times eye height; vibrissa slender, longer than other genal setae; postgena and occiput densely pollinose; face pale, densely pollinose; antenna pedicel yellow; first flagellomere yellow, slightly darker anterodorsally; arista slender, short pubescent; arista yellow at base, brown distally; palpus and proboscis yellow, clypeus brown.

Scutum gray, densely pollinose; one postpronotal bristle stronger than others, postpronotum yellow anteriorly in female; notopleuron paler than rest of scutum, densely pollinose; scutellum slightly paler than scutum, densely pollinose; scutellar projections short, scutellar bristles strong, dark ( Fig. 4 View FIGURES 1 – 4. 1 ); thoracic pleurites shining except for dorsal region of anepisternum and anepimeron. Legs yellow, femora, basal two-thirds of tibiae and distal tarsomeres yellow-brown. Wing: ratio of second to third costal sectors 1.1–1.4: 1; halter white, base brown. Abdomen brown, densely pollinose.

Male postabdomen: epandrium large, bulbous, much broader than rest of abdomen ( Fig. 19 View FIGURES 19 – 21 ); surstylus large, outer lobe elongate, narrow, simple, with blunt apex, inner lobe elongate, curved, simple, with blunt apex ( Figs. 20–21 View FIGURES 19 – 21 ); cercus elongate, slender, simple ( Fig. 21 View FIGURES 19 – 21 ).

Type material: Holotype ɗ: VENEZUELA: Aragua, Rancho Grande Biological Station, Portachuelo Pass (10 ° 21 ’N 67 ° 41 ’W), 1100m, 14.v. 1998, flight intercept trap, J. Ashe, R. Brooks & R. Hanley (LEM). Paratypes: PANAMA: Canal Zone, E shore Gatun Lake, near Colón, 2–14.vii. 1979, humid forest, Tree 3, E.C. Broadhead, canopy fogging (1 ɗ, 1 Ψ, USNM).

Etymology: The species name is from the Latin pollinosum   (dusted), referring to the densely pollinose thorax.


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