Chimarra nathani , Johanson, Kjell Arne & Oláh, János, 2012

Johanson, Kjell Arne & Oláh, János, 2012, Revision of the Fijian Chimarra (Trichoptera, Philopotamidae) with description of 24 new species, Zootaxa 3354, pp. 1-58: 20-22

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Chimarra nathani

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Chimarra nathani  , new species

Figs. 10View FIGURES 6 – 13, 55– 59View FIGURES 55 – 59

Chimarra nathani  has a large pale, hyaline spot on both wing pairs, like C. signata  , C. schlingeri  , C. braueri  and C. vitiensis  . It is easily distinguished from those species by the genitalia of the male. The gonopods each have a dorsal branch that appears as a small but distinct, triangular projection in lateral view, but in dorsal and ventral views this branch is seen to form a large, rectangular plate below the phallus.

Male. Head and thorax pale yellowish-brown. Area between ocelli yellowish-brown. Foreleg anterior claw as long as foreleg spur.

Wings ( Fig. 10View FIGURES 6 – 13). Forewings 6.9 mm (n= 1), brown; large pale, hyaline, nearly circular spot occupying central part of wing, including median cell and basal third of discoidal cell. Forewings broad, ratio of length to breadth 3.3; R 1 nearly straight before crossvein r; radial sector strongly produced anterad immediately before discoidal cell; discoidal cell originating at mid-length of wing, nearly 3 x longer than wide; median cell as long as discoidal cell; crossvein r fusing with basis of fork I; fork I originating before crossvein s at distance nearly equal to length of crossvein s; nygma located near base of fork II; fork III 1 / 6 th as long as wing; fork V about as long as fork II; Cu 2 ending in wing margin close to A. Hind wings 5.6 mm (n= 1), brown, with large, oval, pale hyaline spot centrally on anterior 1 / 2 of wings, occupying basal 1 / 2 of discoidal cell; broad, ratio of length to breadth 3.2; margin slightly incurved at arculus, where Cu 1 and Cu 2 fused with margin; fork III as long as discoidal cell and 1 / 9 as long as wing; fork V about as long as fork I; 1 A+ 2 A nearly as long as 1 A.

Male genitalia ( Figs. 55–59View FIGURES 55 – 59). Segment IX slightly longer than high; anterodorsal margins strongly concave in lateral view; ventral margins uniformly convex; each posterior margin produced posterad into narrow plate well below each cercus; ventral side of posterior 1 / 2 of segment IX densely covered by setae ( Fig. 57View FIGURES 55 – 59). In dorsal view with pointed anterior lobes; anterodorsal margin with wide, shallow incision in dorsal view. In ventral view segment IX with concave anterior margin and very slightly concave posterior margin; posterior margin without central projection. Tergum X simple; slightly tapering till distal 3 / 4 in lateral view ( Fig. 55View FIGURES 55 – 59); distal 1 / 4 expanded dorsad into nearly triangular process; in dorsal view divided at mid-length into 2 parallel lateral branches ( Fig. 56View FIGURES 55 – 59); each lateral branch nearly parallel-sided in dorsal and ventral view, apically nearly truncate, with strongly laterad-producing apicolateral corner; pair of sensillae located at mid-length of each lateral branch. Cerci slender in lateral view, located dorsally on segment IX and oriented slightly dorsad in lateral view and oriented posterad in dorsal view; covered by long setae. Gonopods shorter than segment IX, nearly quadrangular in lateral view; anterodorsal margin slightly concave; ventral margin nearly straight, undulating; dorsal branch forming strong, triangular process in lateral view, in dorsal and ventral view forming long, broad, nearly horizontal plates oriented postero mesad; ventral branch broad, posteriorly rounded in lateral view; in ventral view produced into nearly rectangular, darkly pigmented mesal plates; each mesal plate margin undulating. Mesal process situated centrally on gonopods, strongly sclerotized, slightly curved mesad. Phallic apparatus about as long as rest of genitalia; phallotheca, in lateral and ventral view, with anterior part 2 x thicker than posterior part; apicoventral spine absent; phallotremal sclerite not observed; pair of nearly black, posterad directed, sub-equally large endothecal spines present, slightly longer than diameter of narrowest part of phallotheca.

Female. Unknown.

Holotype male: VITI LEVU: Naitasiri Prov., 3.3 km N Veisari, logging rd. to Waivudava, Malaise trap, 8–31.iii. 2003, 18.0592 °S, 178.367 °E, 300 m, leg. M. Tokota’a [loc# 20] [ FNIC].

Paratype: VITI LEVU: Naitasiri Prov., 4 km WSW Colo-i-Suva Vlg., Mt. Nakobalevu, Malaise trap, 24.iv – 12.v. 2004, 18.055 °S, 178.424 °E, 372 m, leg E. Schlinger & M. Tokota’a [loc# 11] — 1 male [ NHRS, DNA voucher IL 9].

Etymology: Nathani  , named after Nathan Banks who described several Chimarra  from Fiji. Distribution: Viti Levu.


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