Pulchrijassus pallescens,

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: 71-72

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Pulchrijassus pallescens

gen. et sp. nov.

Pulchrijassus pallescens  gen. et sp. nov.


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The name of this species refers to its pale overall coloration.

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MADAGASCAR • ♂; “ MADAGASCAR: Province Fianarantsoa, Parc National Ranomafana, Vohiparara , at broken bridge, el 1110 m, 8–5 November 2001, 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-02”; CAS.GoogleMaps 


MADAGASCAR – Fianarantsoa • ♀; Parc National Ranomafana , radio tower, at forest edge; 21°15.05′ S, 47°24.43′ E; alt. 1130 m; 27 Feb.–9 Mar. 2003; M. Irwin and R. Harin’Hala leg.; Malaise trap; mixed tropical forest; MA-02-09B-54; CASGoogleMaps  .


Length of male 7.5 mm; female 9.0 mm. Dorsum pale yellow, crown with median and paired lateral, thin reddish longitudinal stripes, pronotum with pair of thin curved submedial maculae and lateral margins dark brown, forewing dull yellow, with veins slightly darker than membrane and dark brown macula in apical third of costal area, venter uniformly stramineous. Hind tibial rows PD, AD and AV with 28, 15 and 24 macrosetae, respectively. Style apophysis extremely thin, sinuate, apex slightly broadened in ventral view, curved mesad, then hooked laterad to sharp tip. Connective anterior margin with narrow trapezoidal emargination. Aedeagus with shaft robust, curved dorsad, slightly tapered to quadrate apex in lateral view, bulbous in ventral view, gonopore apical. Female abdominal sternite VII with posterior margin weakly trilobed, with median lobe slightly longer than lateral lobes. Second valvulae with dorsal margin evenly convex, including distal toothed section and basal entire section, teeth relatively large and blunt-tipped, alternating between sides.


California Academy of Sciences