Neopleurophora cauca, Ament & Amorim, 2013

Ament, Danilo Cesar & Amorim, Dalton De Souza, 2013, Taxonomic revision of the genus Neopleurophora Brown (Diptera: Phoridae), with the description of thirty seven new species, Zootaxa 3657 (1), pp. 1-93: 43-45

publication ID

http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3657.1.1

publication LSID

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DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5267046

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/039287F2-FFF6-FFA1-FF42-2166CAEED654

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scientific name

Neopleurophora cauca
status

sp. nov.

Neopleurophora cauca   , sp. nov.

( Figs. 100–103 View FIGURES 100–103 , 219 View FIGURES 196–233 , 298–299 View FIGURES 296–299 )

Diagnosis (males). Hypopygium very large; epandrial medial process large, strongly curved ventrally, bifurcated into a right rounded branch and a left branch bearing an apical sclerotized tooth and a pointed projection near base.

Material examined. Holotype ♂, COLOMBIA: Cauca: PNN Gorgona: Mancora , 2.97ºN, 78.18ºW, 18.xii– 3.i.2001, Malaise trap, 60 m, H. Torres col. ( IAVH). GoogleMaps  

Description. Male. Body length, 3 mm. Head. Frons dark brown, pubescent, without median furrow. Flagellomere 1 light brown, pubescent, oval. Arista pre-apical, pubescent. Palpus yellowish-brown; one lower genal and two upper genal setae. Thorax. Scutum and scutellum dark brown, pleural sclerites brown; anepisternum setulose dorsally, with one long seta. Legs light brown. Forefemur with ventral row of four strong setae near apex. Foretibia with one dorsal seta at basal third and an anterodorsal row of strong setae. Both midtibiae missing in the holotype. Hind femur swollen (height/length ratio, 0.44), without ventral, strong setae. Hind tibia with 3–4 anterodorsal and five posterodorsal setae ( Fig. 219 View FIGURES 196–233 ). Wing. Costa 0.5 of the wing length, other wing features as for the genus. Halter could not be observed. Abdomen. Tergites dark brown, with lighter posterior band and dense microtrichia producing a silvery sheen. Tergite 6 about three times longer than other tergites. Hypopygium light brown, very large ( Figs. 100–103 View FIGURES 100–103 ). Epandrial medial process large, strongly curved ventrally, bifurcated into a right rounded branch and a left branch bearing an apical sclerotized tooth and a pointed projection near base. Epandrial right posterior margin with one medial and one ventral short projections, with subepandrial setulose process. Hypandrium lobes of about the same size, left lobe pointed apically. Hypoproct with two setae. Phallus ( Figs. 298– 299 View FIGURES 296–299 ). Basiphallus with large dorsal process. Core plate flattened, bilobed. Epiphallus with large, transparent scales, connected to the right arm at the left of the phallus. Ventral plate well developed, trifurcated in the secondary scaled process, covered with large, sclerotized scales, medial lobe bearing large scales and ventral, sclerotized, setulose, pointed process.

Female. Unknown.

Geographic distribution. Known only from the type-locality in the western coast of Colombia.

Etymology. The specific epithet refers to the type-locality, Cauca, and should be treated as a noun in apposition.

Comments. Neopleurophora cauca   is probably closely related to N. megalopyga   and N. costaricana   , as indicated by their large epandrial medial process. An even closer relationship may exist between N. cauca   and N. megalopyga   , suggested by the pointed sclerotized hypandrial left lobe and epandrial medial process left branch with a basal projection.

IAVH

Instituto de Ivestigacion de los Recursos Biologicos Alexander von Humboldt

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Phoridae

Genus

Neopleurophora