Pibrocha egregia (Kirby, 1891)

Song, Zhi-Shun, Bourgoin, Thierry & Liang, Ai-Ping, 2011, Review of the Oriental Monotypic Genus Pibrocha Kirkaldy (Hemiptera, Fulgoromorpha, Fulgoridae, Dorysarthrinae), ZooKeys 132, pp. 1-13: 4-5

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Pibrocha egregia (Kirby, 1891)


Pibrocha egregia (Kirby, 1891)   Figs 147-16

Dictyophora   [sic] egregia Kirby, 1891: 135, Pl. 5, Fig.4. Syntype[s] (?sex), Sri Lanka BMNH [not examined].

Pibrocha egregia   (Kirby): Kirkaldy, 1902: 51, Pl. B, Fig. 2; Melichar, 1903: 21, Pl. I, Fig. 4; Distant, 1906: 240, Fig. 104; Melichar, 1912: 24, Pl. I, Fig. 10-12; Metcalf, 1946: 31.

Awaramada fryeri   Distant, 1914: 413; Distant, 1916: 27, Fig. 14; Metcalf, 1946: 31. Holotype ♂, Sri Lanka (BMNH) [examined]. Synonymised by Liang, 2000: 235.


Male, narrow and elongate, body length (from apex of cephalic process to tip of forewings) 21.3-21.5 mm; length of head (including two portions: the former is from apex of cephalic process to curved part, the latter is from curved part to base of eyes) (3.2+5.5)-(3.3+5.4) mm, width (including eyes) 1.8 mm; length of forewings 11.8-12.5 mm.

Vertex, genae and frons dull brownish-ochraceous, speckled with fuscous, suffused with testaceous-red. Basal 1/3 of frons with some small fuscous spots between intermediate carinae and lateral carinae. Pronotum and mesonotum brownish-ochraceous, tens of punctate spots on each lateral area of pronotum fuscous. Thorax ventrally and legs pale ochraceous. Forewings and hindwings hyaline, venation fuscous, stigma and scattered apical maculate markings on forewings and hindwings fuscous. Abdomen dorsally brownish ochraceous, ventrally paler, with numerous small fuscous spots.

Male genitalia: pygofer slightly broad, nearly rectangular, ventrally distinctly broader than dorsally (about 3.0:1) in lateral aspect (Fig. 12); posterior margin deeply excavated apically to accommodate anal tube, with a long, fingerlike, directed posteriorly process near apex in lateral view (Fig. 12); dorsal margin deeply excavated to accommodate anal tube, dorsal-lateral margins produced posteriorly in dorsal view (Fig. 13). Segment X (anal tube) narrow and elongate, with ratio of length to width near middle about 3.0:1; apical ventral margin protruded an angle on each side, apical dorsal margin deeply excavated to accommodate anal style in dorsal views (Fig. 13); epiproct relatively robust and long. Gonostyles large and broad, without spiniform setae on inner surfaces in basal half; narrow basally, broadest medially and reduced towards apex in lateral view (Fig. 12); upper margin with a small, obtuse process near upper middle, outer upper edge with a ventrally directed, hooklike process near middle in lateral aspect (Fig. 12). Aedeagus (Figs 14-16) large and symmetrical, with a pair of long and slender endosomal processes extended dorsally: basal 2/3 sclerotized and pigmented, apical 1/3 membranous; phallobase basally sclerotized and pigmented, with a pair of ventral angular lamellar processes which its edge membranous, without spine (Figs 15, 16).

Type material examined.

Holotype ♂ of Awaramada fryeri   Distant, [Sri Lanka]: (1) Kandy, Ceylon, 7-02; (2) [red label] Type / H.T.; (3) [ Distant’s handwriting] Awaramada fryeri Distant.

Other material examined.

SRI LANKA: 1♂, Ceylon, Udawattekelle, 1966.X.30, no collector; 1♂, Udawattekelle, Kandy, 1966.XI.10-13, no collector (both in USNM); 2♀♀, 1♂, [MNHN(EC)7458, 7459, 7460], Perad (=Peradeniya), Ceylan, Coll. Bugnion, Th. Bourgoin det. 1990; 1♂, Kandy, 7.02. Ceylon, Coll. Bugnion [MNHN(EC)7461], Th. Bourgoin det. 1990; 1♂, Kandy, 6.05. Ceylon, Coll. Bugnion [MNHN(EC)7562], Th. Bourgoin det. 1990 (all in MNHN).


Sri Lanka.