Pictojassus tulearensis,

Dietrich, Christopher H., Magalhães, Raysa Brito de & Takiya, Daniela M., 2020, Revision of the endemic Malagasy leafhopper tribe Platyjassini (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Iassinae), European Journal of Taxonomy 695, pp. 1-89: 30

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Pictojassus tulearensis

gen. et sp. nov.

Pictojassus tulearensis  gen. et sp. nov.


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The species name is derived from that of the province of the type locality.

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MADAGASCAR • ♂; “ MADAGASCAR: Tulear Province , Cap Ste Marie Special Reserve, el 150m, 74 km S of Tsihombe, 29 June–5 July 2003, 25°35.26′ S, 45°09.78′ E, California Acad of Sciences coll: M. Irwin, R. Harin’Hala malaise trap in bush MA-23A-03”; CAS.GoogleMaps 


MADAGASCAR – Toliara • 1 ♂; Andohahela National Park, Tsimelahy , Parcelle II; 24°56.21′ S, 46°37.60′ E; alt. 180 m; 28 Jan.–12 Feb. 2004; M. Irwin, F. Parker and R. Harin’Hala leg.; Malaise trap; transitional forest; MA-02-20-53; CASGoogleMaps  1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding; INHSGoogleMaps  1 ♀; Andohahela National Park, Ihazofotsy Parcelle III; 24°49.85′ S, 46°32.17′ E; alt. 80 m; 24 Aug.–3 Sep. 2003; M. Irwin, F. Parker and R. Harin’Hala leg.; Malaise trap; dry spiny forest; MA- 02-21-31; CASGoogleMaps  .


Length of male 5.0 mm, female 5.7 mm. Color stramineous, with symmetrical red markings on dorsum and small brown dots on legs, corresponding to setal bases, and along forewing costal margin; forewing clavus with inner stripe broken into four spots, corium with areas of brown pigment restricted to apex. Crown distinctly shorter than pronotum, anterior margin parabolic, lateral extensions overlapping slightly more than half of eye margin. Forewing clavus with numerous crossveins, inner apical cell subdivided by one or more extra crossveins. Hind tibial rows PD, AD and AV with 18, 11 and 14 macrosetae, respectively; tarsomere I pecten with five platellae. Male pregenital sternite slightly longer than sternite VII, posterior margin truncate. Aedeagus with atrium weakly developed, shaft slender, evenly curved dorsad, dorsal margin trough-like, apex with rounded anterior lobe bearing apical gonopore and pair of slightly recurved posterolateral spines. Female sternite VII with posterior margin truncate. Second valvulae with dorsal margin forming nearly right angle at base of broadened area that forms continuous, nearly horizontal line in distal two thirds.


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