Neopsocopsis profunda (Li, 1995)

Liu, Lu-Xi, Yoshizawa, Kazunori, Li, Fa-Sheng & Liu, Zhi-Qi, 2012, A review of the genus Neopsocopsis (Psocodea, " Psocoptera ", Psocidae), with one new species from China, ZooKeys 203, pp. 27-46 : 37-38

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Neopsocopsis profunda (Li, 1995)


Neopsocopsis profunda (Li, 1995) Figures 1D, 5

Neoblaste profunda Li 1995: 186.

Neopsocopsis profunda (Li). Yoshizawa 2010:35.

Neoblaste schizopetala Li 1997: 488, syn. n.

Neoblaste flavae Li 1995: 187, syn. n.

Material examined.

Neoblaste profunda - Holotype ♂: China, Zhejiang Prov., Qingyuan Co., Baishanzu Natural Reserve, 3.x.1993 (H Wu). Neoblaste schizopetala - Holotype ♂: China, Chongqing M., Fengdu Co., Shiping Reg., 5.x.1994 (FS Li). Neoblaste flavae - Holotype ♀: China, Zhejiang Prov., Qingyuan Co., Baishanzu Natural Reserve, 27.x.1993 (H Wu). Other material examined. China: 1♀3♂, Zhejiang Prov., Qingyuan Co., Baishanzu Natural Reserve, 20.xi.1993 (H Wu); 1♀, same locality and collector, 3.x.1993; 2♀, same locality and collector, 27.x.1993; 1♂, Chongqing M., Fengdu Co., Guicheng Reg., 4.x.1994 (FS Li); 1♀, Chongqing M., Fengdu Co., Shiping Reg., 5.x.1994 (FS Li); 1♂, Hubei Prov., Xingshan Co., Longmenhe Reg., 12.ix.1994 (FS Li); 1♀, Henan Prov., Luanchuan Co., Longyuwan Reg., 7.viii.2008 (WH Li).


Male.Head yellowish, with brown markings; compound eyes grayish black, ocelli black with grayish black ocellar field; antennae and labrum brown, maxillary palpi brown with distal segments dark colored. Thorax brown with dark brown spots; legs pale brown. Fore wing (Fig. 1D) hyaline with yellowish tinge, pterostigma and veins brown, except for Rs fork and M-Cu1a fusion hyaline. Venation: Rs and M connected by short crossvein or meeting at point; distal margin of discoidal cell straight; first and second sections of Cu1a almost equal length, diverging at angle about 120°. Hind wing hyaline; veins brown.

Abdomen. Male genitalia: 8th sternum strongly sclerotized and fused to hypandrium. Clunium (Fig. 5A) with posterior margin convex medially and with slight invagination bilaterally. Epiproct (Fig. 5AB) swollen, unsclerotized medially, with round projection at middle of anterior margin. Paraproct (Fig. 5A) round and broadened distally. Hypandrium (Fig. 5C) 5-lobed, lateral lobes carintae with anterior part long and curved anteromedially, outer surface covering denticles; posteromedian lobe forming dorsal-curved structure, with distal margin concave and with tiny projection medially, basally with small membranous regions; internal lobes rod-like and distally forked. Phallosome (Fig. 5D) free posteriorly, distally broadened and paired with parameres.

Female genitalia: Subgenital plate (Fig. 5E) with egg guide round with slightly narrowed margins distally, basally invaginated and sclerotized at basal 1/3; pigment arms forming flat V-shaped regions and expanded laterally. Gonapophyses (Fig. 5F) with ventral valve distally tapering to slender tip; dorsal valve broad with pointed distal process; outer valve oval, with posterior lobe broad and well pointed. Internal plate (Fig. 5G) with brown coloration around spermathecal opening and marginally, with rod-like dark brown sclerotization anteriorly.


Male: Body length 3.0-3.2 mm; fore wing length 3.7-4.1 mm; hind wing length 2.9-3.1 mm. Female: Body length 3.1-3.5 mm; fore wing length 3.8-4.6 mm; hind wing length 2.8-3.4 mm.


China (Chongqing, Henan, Hubei, Zhejiang).


Neoblaste profunda was described by Li (1995) based on specimens from Zhejiang, and Neoblaste schizopetala was described on the basis of one male and one female from Chongqing (Li, 1997). Li pointed out that both species were very similar to Neopsocopsis quinquedentata (Li & Yang, 1988), and could be differentiated by characters of the male hypandrium and phallosome. Neoblaste flavae was described based on a single female specimen from Zhejiang, which was collected with a female of Neopsocopsis profunda and differed from the latter by larger body size and the form of the internal plate ( Li 2002). After reexamining all the species, we found there are only minor differences between these three species, e.g. the color markings in fore wings and pigment patterns of the female subgenital plate. Therefore, we consider Neoblaste schizopetala and Neoblaste flavae to be two new synonyms of Neopsocopsis profunda . The species can be separated from the other species by the following features: hypandrial posteromedian lobe concave at distal margin with tiny projection medially, subgenital plate with egg guide sharply round distally and sclerotized at basal 1/3.