Monecphora machadoi, Carvalho, Gervásio Silva, Sakakibara, Albino Morimasa & Webb, Michael D., 2016

Carvalho, Gervásio Silva, Sakakibara, Albino Morimasa & Webb, Michael D., 2016, Two new species of the Neotropical spittlebug genus Monecphora Amyot & Serville (Hemiptera: Cercopidae) with key and notes of species of the genus, Zootaxa 4078 (1), pp. 143-152: 149

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Monecphora machadoi

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Monecphora machadoi  sp. nov.

( Figures 10–14View FIGURES 10 – 17)

Material examined. Holotype male: “ BRAZIL / Natterer / Brasilien ” ( NMW). Paratypes: 2 females, “ BRAZIL / Stieglmayr / Rio Gr. do Sul” ( NMW); 3 females, “ BRAZIL / Brasilien / Nova Teutonia / 27 º 11 ´B. 52 º 23 ´L. / Fritz Plaumann / 24. 11. 1938 // Lallemand Coll. / B.M. 1955 - 832.” ( BMNH); 1 female, “ BRAZIL / Brasilia / Rio Grande” ( BMNH); 1 female, “ BRAZIL / Rio Brilhante-MT / Brasil – 21 / 10 / 1970 / V.O.Becker legit” ( MCTP); 1 female, “ BRAZIL / Chap. dos Guimarães-MT / 22–25.XI. 1983 / Exc. Dep. Zool. UFPR / (Polonoroeste) / Malaise” ( DZUP).

Measurements (in mm). Mean (range) of 1 male / 8 females. Body length: 11.6 (11.6) / 12.2 (10.8–13.8).

Description. Vertex yellow marked with dark-brown on posterior margin and between ocelli. Forewing basally yellow variably tinged with green; distal two-thirds of corium and tip of clavus, pale-brown. Face with postclypeus yellowish-orange with a dark-brown pit in front of tylus; anteclypeus yellowish-orange with dark-brown tip. Rostrum and antennae, dark-brown. Pronotum yellow tinged with green posteriorly with a transverse line between anterior and median third and posterior margin, dark brown. Mesothorax dark brown. Legs yellow with proximal and distal area of tibia and tarsi, dark brown. Abdomen yellowish-brown with the anterior margin of segments dark-brown.

Male pygofer without latero-posterior lobe ( Fig. 11View FIGURES 10 – 17). Parameres in lateral view with base of apophysis evenly and shallowly convex dorsally, ventral margin subapically abruptly narrowed tooth-like with a downwardly directed apical spine ( Fig. 12View FIGURES 10 – 17). Aedeagal shaft with basal two thirds straight, thereafter with large apical angled flange-like expansion on each side, without processes ( Figs 13–14View FIGURES 10 – 17). Ovipositor with basal processes small and spoon-shaped.

Etymology. The specific name is in honor of Angelo B. M. Machado the influential Brazilian researcher and entomologist, on the occasion of his 80 th birthday.

Remarks. This species can be distinguished by its distinctive color pattern and aedeagal shaft with large apical expansion on each side, without apical medial spinose process.


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Universidade Federal do Parana, Colecao de Entomologia Pe. Jesus Santiago Moure