Aphelotingis muiri (Drake)

Guilbert, Eric & Guidoti, Marcus, 2018, New species and new records of Tingidae (Hemiptera. Heteroptera) from Thailand, Zootaxa 4482 (2), pp. 274-296: 287

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Aphelotingis muiri (Drake)


Aphelotingis muiri (Drake) 

Abdastarus muiri Drake 1927a  , p. 307

Material examined. 1F, Fang , 12–19.IV.1958, T.C. Maa coll., BPBMAbout BPBM  . 1M, Tiger project, Phetchabun, Thung Salaeng Luang NP, Pine forest Gang wang nam yen, 16°36.284'N 100°53.128'E 749m, Pan trap 17–18.xii.2006, Pongpitak and Sathit leg. T1275, QSBGGoogleMaps  ; 1F, Chiang Mai, Doi Phahompok NP Headquarter , 19°57.961'N 99°9.355'E 569m, Pan trap 17–18.vii.2007, Wongchai.P. leg. T2940, QSBGGoogleMaps  ; 1F, Chaiyaphum, Pa Hin Ngam NP “deciduous”, 15°39.966'N 101°27.198'E 357m, Pan trap 6–7.xii.2006, Katae Sa-nog & Buakaw Adnafai leg. T1339, QSBGGoogleMaps  ; 2F, Phitsanulok, Thung Salaeng Luang NP, Mixed deciduous forest, 16°50.699'N 100°51.266'E 501m, Malaise trap 25.ix–2.x.2006, Pongpitak Pranee leg. T934, QSBGGoogleMaps  ; 1M, Nakhon Nayok, Khao Yai NP San Jao Khaokeaw , 14°22.96'N 101°23.253'E 750m, Malaise trap 12–19.iii.2007, Pong Sandao leg. T2105, QSBGGoogleMaps  .

Comments. These specimens correspond to Aphelotingis muiri  , but don’t have median cephalic spine. In addition, the habitus drawn by Péricart in 1990 from specimens from Sri-Lanka has no median cephalic spine. Aphelotingis muiri  was designed as type species of Aphelotingis  by Drake (1948), separating the genus Aphelotingis  from Abdastartus  on the basis of much longer bucculae and much longer fourth antennal joint of Aphelotingis  species. Aphelotingis muiri  is the only species of the genus inhabiting the Asian region. The two other species of the genus are endemic to Madagascar.