Iphita fasciata, Stehlík & Jindra, 2008

Stehlík, Jaroslav L. & Jindra, Zdeněk, 2008, New taxa of the Largidae and Pyrrhocoridae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) from the Oriental Region, Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 48 (2), pp. 611-648 : 616-619

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Iphita fasciata

sp. nov.

Iphita fasciata sp. nov.

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Type material. HOLOTYPE: ♀, INDIA: MAHARASTRA: Western Ghats Mts., Amboli env., 50 km W Belgaum, 21.- 23.v.2006, O. Šafránek lgt. ( PPUA).

Description. Colouration ( Fig. 5 View Figs ). Body above mainly red. Black colouration confined to dorsal surface of head (except apex of clypeus and antennifers), antennae (except base of antennomere 1), callar lobe, two large but less distinct spots laterally on pronotal lobe, scutellum, narrow lateral stripe on base of clavus and less distinct stripe along anal vein, transversal median stripe on corium and small spot on corial apex, membrane, sternum (except of ostioles), and ventrites (except of laterotergites); stripe on corium slightly skewed towards lateral margin, bending near to subcosta and continued by less apparent prolongation on costal margin towards corial base. Apex of clypeus, antennifers, extreme base of antennomere 1, head ventrally, bucculae, labium, lateral margins of pronotum, pronotal lobe (except of two less distinct large lateral spots), clavus (except of outer base and darkened stripe along anal vein), corium (except median transverse stripe), metathoracic scent gland ostioles, and laterotergites of abdomen red. Legs largely black, only coxae, trochanters, bases and apices of all femora, and wide bases of tibiae red.

Structure. Large species. Pronotal collar very narrow, callar lobe less gibbous and strongly approaching anterior pronotal margin. Lateral pronotal margins less wide and only slightly elevated dorsally, more strongly rounded anteriorly, only slightly concave medially and strongly divergent laterally. Profemora in apical third with numerous smaller teeth on both sides of longitudinal furrow; basal two-thirds with only small denticles. Labium reaching two-thirds of ventrite III.

Measurements (all in mm). Female (holotype). Body length 16.47; head: length 2.16, width (including eyes) 2.32, interocular width 1.46; lengths of antennomeres: 1 – 3.29, 2 – 3.40, 3 – 2.32, 4 – 2.43; pronotum: length 3.05, width 5.24; scutellum: length 2.48, width 2.81; corium: length 9.07, width 2.97.

Differential diagnosis. This species differs from all described species of the genus, namely Iphita coimbatorensis (Distant, 1919) , I. dubia (Breddin, 1901) , I. fimbriata ( Stål, 1863) ( Fig. 6 View Figs ), I. fuscorubra sp. nov. ( Fig. 7 View Figs ), I. grandis Distant, 1903 , I. heissi sp. nov. ( Fig. 8 View Figs ), I. kubani Stehlík, 2005a , I. limbata Stål, 1870 , I. lycoides (Walker, 1873) , I. rubricata Stehlík & Jindra, 2006b , and I. varians (Breddin, 1901) ( Figs. 9-10 View Figs ), by the colouration of corium, consisting of a black transversal stripe on a red background.

Etymology. The species epithet is the Latin adjective fasciatus (= striped), referring to the colour pattern.

Distribution. Western India, Maharastra state.