Schizoptera (Odontorhagus) aspera , Leon, Stephanie & Weirauch, Christiane, 2016

Leon, Stephanie & Weirauch, Christiane, 2016, Scratching the surface? Taxonomic revision of the subgenus Schizoptera (Odontorhagus) reveals vast undocumented biodiversity in the largest litter bug genus Schizoptera Fieber (Hemiptera: Dips, Zootaxa 4184 (2), pp. 255-284: 264-265

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scientific name

Schizoptera (Odontorhagus) aspera
status

n. sp.

Schizoptera (Odontorhagus) aspera  n. sp.

( Figs 2View FIGURE 2, 5View FIGURE 5 A – L and 7)

Diagnosis. Distinguished among species of Schizoptera (Odontorhagus)  by the broadly ovoid body shape, the dark brown coloration, the rounded head, the small, tooth-like process on the posterior margin of sVI, the single, jagged, hitch-hikers thumb-like process of the subgenital plate, the needle-shaped right conjunctival appendage, and the bifurcating left conjunctival appendage.

Holotype: COSTA RICA: Limon: Pococi Co.: R.F. Cordillera Volcanica Central, Las Minas , 10.18467 ° N 83.91361 ° W, 400 m, 0 9 May 2012GoogleMaps  16 May 2012, W. Porras, 1Ƌ (00014779) ( INBIO). Paratypes: COSTA RICA: Limon: Pococi Co.: R.F. Cordillera Volcanica Central, Las Minas , 10.18467 ° N 83.91361 ° W, 400 m, 0 9 May 2012GoogleMaps  - 16 May 2012, W. Porras, 3Ƌ (00014789, 0 0 0 14780, 00014770), 3♀ (00014783,00014768,00014772) (INBIO), 1Ƌ (00014778), 1♀ (00014766) ( UCR). San Jose: Moravia Co.  : Zurqui de Moravia  , 10.04808 ° N 84.01394 ° W, 1600 m, Jun 1993GoogleMaps  - Jul 1993, P. Hanson, 1♂ (00102951) (LACM); 22 Jul 2010 - 0 8 Aug 2010, W. Porras, 2♂ (00014769, 00014501) (INBIO).

Description. Male: length: 1.43–1.49 mm; body broadly ovoid. COLORATION: general coloration dark brown; fuscous patch covering less than 1/2 of wing membrane; Sc+C concolorous with remainder of hemelytra ( Fig. 2View FIGURE 2). SURFACE AND VESTITURE: as in subgeneric description. STRUCTURE: HEAD: distinctly rounded in ventral view ( Fig. 2View FIGURE 2); eyes about 1/3 as wide as synthlipsis. THORAX: as in subgeneric description; hemelytron as in subgeneric description; M2 vein slightly curving anteriorly toward wing margin, anterior membranal cell wedge-shaped. ABDOMEN: as in subgeneric description; stVI with a small, tooth-like process on posterior margin; subgenital plate weakly asymmetrical, with jagged margins a single lateral process; process of subgenital plate jagged, and shaped like a hitch-hiker’s thumb ( Fig. 5DView FIGURE 5 A – L); tVII rectangular; tVIII weakly trapezoidal and distinctly sclerotized; length of tVIII about 3/4 length of tVII. GENITALIA: py as in subgeneric description; rp as in subgeneric description with curving stem pointed tip; lp as in subgeneric description, with a funnel-shaped dorsal process ( Fig. 5DView FIGURE 5 A – L); rca needle-shaped; lca small, about less than 1/4 length of rca, with with a rounded base and two sharp bifurcations; vesica uniformly cylindrical and thin, forming a single coil; anophore as in subgeneric description.

Female: length: 1.47–1.49 mm; general habitus as in males.

Distribution. Known from two localities in northern Costa Rica in the provinces of Limon and San Jose ( Fig. 7).

Etymology. Named for the jagged appearance of the subgenital plate after the Latin “asper” meaning rough or coarse.

UCR

University of California