Andrew Hamilton, K. G., 2016, Neotropical spittlebugs related to Neaenini (Hemiptera, Cercopidae) and the origins of subfamily Cercopinae, Zootaxa 4169 (2), pp. 201-250: 225

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Tomaspisinella   (s.s.) parva Lallemand   , description of male

Diagnosis. Male resembling female but darker, t egmina with a chain of 4 white spots extending from costa to claval suture, most clearly broken in middle.

Description. Male pygofer as in T. (Hemitomaspis) caligata   ( Carvalho & Webb 2005, fig. 4e) but slightly longer, in ventral aspect globose, deeply notched medially ( Fig. 28 View FIGURES 25 – 35 D); male theca with short, divergent apical processes ( Fig. 28 View FIGURES 25 – 35 C). Length: male 6.8 mm, female 6.5 mm.

Remarks. The female holotype of T. parva   from Ecuador has the entire postpedicel densely pitted ( Fig. 19 View FIGURES 17 – 19 B) in contrast to that of a male ( Fig. 19 View FIGURES 17 – 19 A), also from Ecuador: Napo   , 6 km E Misahualli, Jatun Sasha Res. 450m, 30 April –8 May 2002 (S.M. Paiero) #debu00178285 in UDEL. This might represent an unrecognized species but might possibly be sexually dimorphic; however, when this occurs in other Cercopoidea it is usually the male rather than the female that has larger and more numerous antennal pits.  


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