Tomaspisinella (Merinx) jocosa, Andrew Hamilton, K. G., 2016

Andrew Hamilton, K. G., 2016, Neotropical spittlebugs related to Neaenini (Hemiptera, Cercopidae) and the origins of subfamily Cercopinae, Zootaxa 4169 (2), pp. 201-250: 226

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Tomaspisinella (Merinx) jocosa

sp. nov.

Tomaspisinella (Merinx) jocosa   sp. nov.

Diagnosis. Orange-yellow, paler on pleura and costal plaque, with rest of tegmina contrastingly dark brown; eyes reddish to brown.

Description. Pronotal margins not overlapping tegminal bases. Legs not placed very close together. Male subgenital plates slender ( Fig. 34 View FIGURES 25 – 35 A–B), with narrow, pointed pair of median processes ( Fig. 34 View FIGURES 25 – 35 D); styles globular; aedeagal shaft weakly curved, with pair of retrorse spines at midlength, apical half globular, tip a slender spine ( Fig. 34 View FIGURES 25 – 35 C). Length: male 3.8–3.9 mm; female unknown.

Types. Holotype male, BRAZIL: Pará ─ Jacareacanga , Oct. 1959 (M. Alvarenga); in NMNH   . Paratype male, same data and location.  

Remarks. The striking colour and narrow subgenital plate processes are unique.


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