Platyjassus pennyi,

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: 52

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Platyjassus pennyi

sp. nov.

Platyjassus pennyi  sp. nov.

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This species is dedicated to the memory of Norman B. Penny, former manager of the California Academy of Science insect collection, who provided access to a large proportion of the specimens incorporated into this study.

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MADAGASCAR • ♂; “ MADAGASCAR: Province Fianarantsoa, Parc National Ranomafana, Vohiparara , at broken bridge, el 1110 m, 4–12 February 2002, 21°13.57′ S, 47°22.19′ E, coll: M. Irwin, R. Harin’Hala, California Acad of Sciences, malaise trap in high altitude rainforest, MA-02-09A-15”; CAS.GoogleMaps 


MADAGASCAR • ♂; Fianarantsoa, Parc National Ranomafana , radio tower, at forest edge; 21°15.05′ S, 47°24.43′ E; alt. 1130 m; 15–21 Dec. 2001; M. Irwin and R. Harin’Hala leg.; Malaise trap; mixed tropical forest; MA-02-09B-07; INHSGoogleMaps  .


Length of male 6.9–7.1 mm (female unknown). Dorsum dull stramineous, crown marginal rim infuscate. Pronotum with pair of faint sublateral marginal brown stripes. Crown slightly shorter than pronotum, anterior margin parabolically rounded. Hind tibial rows PD, AD, and AV with 19, 12 and 12 macrosetae, respectively. Style apophysis somewhat broadened from base to near apex, then strongly constricted, with posteroventral margin forming approximately 90° angle, distal extension with stem relatively long, hooked mesad, apex broadened and approximately half as wide as section just basad of constriction.


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Illinois Natural History Survey