Paraxizicus spathulata Mao & Shi

Mao, Shao-Li & Shi, Fu-Ming, 2007, A review of the genus Paraxizicus Gorochov & Kang, 2005 (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae: Meconematinae), Zootaxa 1474, pp. 63-68: 67

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Paraxizicus spathulata Mao & Shi

sp. nov.

5. Paraxizicus spathulata Mao & Shi  sp. nov.

( Figs. 2 –8, 10View FIGURES 1 – 12. 1, 8 – 9, 12, Plates A, B)

Male (figs. 3 –6, 10). Body medium size. Fastigium verticis conical, apex obtuse, dorsally weakly furrowed. Compound eyes subglobose, protruding. Maxillary palpi long, apical segment of maxillary palpi little longer than subapical one, distally faintly inflated. Anterior margin of pronotum almost straight, posterior margin angularly rounded prolonged; posterior transverse sulcus almost in the middle, distinct; lateral lobes of pronotum longer than high (length 2.43 mm, height 1.89 mm), posterior margin slightly oblique, humeral sinus inconspicuous. Thoracic auditory spiracle completely free. Tegmina long, distinctly surpassing apices of posterior femora. Hind wings slightly longer than tegmina. All femora unarmed. Anterior coaxe with one spine; anterior tibiae with open auditory organs on both sides, with 5 spines both on internal and external ventral margins, external spines longer than internal ones. Posterior tibiae with 26 to 27 spines and a pair of distal spurs on both dorsal margins, ventral margins with 9 external spines and 3 internal spines and two pairs of distal spines. Tenth abdominal tergite with a process, directing upwards, apex bifurcate. Sclerotized part of tenth abdominal tergite rather narrow in the middle, separated from epiproct by triangular membranous area. Epiproct simple, semi-membranous. Cerci stout in basal half, subapical part spathulate, apex bifurcate. Subgenital plate subtrapezoided, with a medial carina, styli thin and long.

Female (figs.2, 7, 11). Body similar to male in general. Cerci conical, with thin apex. Subgenital plate relatively small, posterior margin with a small medial projection. Ovipositor thin and long, distinctly surpassing posterior femora, faintly curved dorsad, ventral valvula with small hooked apex.