Platyjassus fisheri, Dietrich & Magalhães & Takiya, 2020

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: 44-45

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Platyjassus fisheri

sp. nov.

Platyjassus fisheri   sp. nov.

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The species is named for Dr. Brian Fisher, noted ant expert and one of the collectors of the type series.

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MADAGASCAR • ♂; “ MADAGASCAR: Antsiranana Prov., Parc National de Marojejy Manantenina River, 27.6 km 35° NE Andapa, 9.6 km 327° NNW Manantenina, 11–14 Dec 2005, 14°26′06″ S 049°45′36″ E, California Academy of Sciences coll. B.L. Fisher et al., elev 775m, malaise trap, rainforest, collection code: BLF13383 View Materials ”; CAS. GoogleMaps  


MADAGASCAR – Antsiranana • 2 ♂♂; Parc National Montagne dʼAmbre , 12.2 km 211° SSW of Joffreville; 12°35′47″ S, 49°09′34″ E; alt. 1300 m; 2–7 Feb. 2001; Fisher, Griswold et al. leg.; Malaise trap; montane rainforest; BLF2853; CAS GoogleMaps   1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding; INHS GoogleMaps   1 ♂; Parc National Montagne d’Ambre ; 12°30′52″ S, 49°10′53″ E; alt. 960 m; 26–29 Jan. 2001; M.E. Irwin, E.I. Schlinger and R. Harin’Hala leg.; Malaise trap; MA-01-01A-02; CAS GoogleMaps   1 ♀; Parc National Montagne d’Ambre ; 12°31′13″ S, 49°10′45″ E; alt. 1125 m; 29 Jan.–11 Feb. 2001; M. Irwin and R. Harin’Hala leg.; Malaise trap; MA-01-01D-03; CAS GoogleMaps   .


Length of male 6.8 mm, female 8.8 mm. Dorsum ochraceous, venter pale stramineous, marginal rim of crown brown. Head with crown as long as pronotum. Hind tibial rows PD, AD and AV with 16, 13 and 14 macrosetae, respectively. Style apophysis in lateral view broadened from base to distal fourth, then gradually tapered, apex acute, denticuli densely distributed over basal two thirds ventrally, curved dorsad in lateral view, straight and extended posterolaterad in ventral view. Connective with anterior margin angulately produced. Aedeagus with preatrium broadly quadrate in posterior view, shaft strongly compressed basally, tubular distally, tapered and evenly curved dorsad in lateral view, gonopore apical; ventral process nearly as long as shaft, depressed and twisted asymmetrically, curved dorsad and tapered to acute tip, well separated from shaft throughout length. Female abdominal sternite VII with posterior margin truncate, with slight median notch. Second valvulae with dorsal margin concave in basal half, rising to bluntly angulate peak near midlength, then extended straight to acute apex, distal third irregularly serrate, with teeth offset between sides.


USA, Illinois, Champaign, Illinois Natural History Survey


California Academy of Sciences


Illinois Natural History Survey