Iphita fuscorubra, 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 : 619-620

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Iphita fuscorubra

sp. nov.

Iphita fuscorubra View in CoL sp. nov.

( Fig. 7 View Figs )

Type material. HOLOTYPE: ♀, INDIA: MAHARASTRA: Chiplun env., 12.vi.2006, V. Ryjáček lgt. ( PPUA).

Description. Colouration ( Fig. 7 View Figs ). Black on head, antennomeres 1-3, antennomere 4 narrowly at base and nearly in apical two-thirds, scutellum, legs (except of coxae, trochanters, narrow stripe on bases of femora and very narrow stripe on bases of tibiae before flexion), membrane, and pleura I-III including epicoxal lobe. Pronotum (except of lateral margins) blackish brown, base of pronotum slightly paler. Red colouration confined to lateral pronotal margin, pronotal epipleuron, clavus (slightly darker), corium, scent gland ostiole, coxae, trochanters, narrow stripe on bases of femora, and very narrow stripe on bases of tibiae (before flexion). Clavus, especially anal vein as well as postcubital vein and claval comissure, pale red. Ventrites blackish, medially reddish. Prosternal collar, posterior pleural flanges I-III and laterotergites dark red to reddish black. Outer margins of laterotergites narrowly red. Labium reddish. Antennomere 4 with pale ring in basal third.

Structure. Large and broad species. Head smaller, less elongated forwards, antennomere 1 relatively short. Anterior pronotal margin distinctly roundedly concave; pronotal collar long; callar lobe quite flat; anterior part of pronotum not narrowed; pronotal lobe proximally somewhat depressed. Pronotum medially with longitudinal ridge beginning on pronotal collar and continuing on base of callar lobe and pronotal lobe nearly up to its base. Lateral pronotal margin wide, distinctly elevated dorsally, medially slightly concave, anterior angles slightly produced forwards. Profemora apically with three teeth situated on dorsal side of longitudinal furrow and one tooth on its ventral side. Labium nearly reaching posterior margin of ventrite III.

Punctation sparse on lateral sides of calar lobe; punctures on entire pronotal lobe smaller than on clavus. Prominent black punctures present laterally along cubital vein on level of claval comissure; rest of corium with smaller punctures; punctures between cubital and median vein colourless, nearly obsolete.

Measurements (all in mm). Female (holotype). Body length 19.44; head: length 2.27; width (including eyes) 2.62, interocular width 1.67; lengths of antennomeres: 1 – 3.51, 2 – 3.89, 3 – 2.21, 4 – 2.81; pronotum: total length 3.89, pronotal collar length 0.76, callar lobe length 0.92, pronotal lobe length 2.21, width 5.94; scutellum: length 2.65, width 3.24; corium: length 9.99, width 3.62.

Differential diagnosis. Iphita fuscorubra sp. nov. ( Fig. 7 View Figs ) can be recognized as follows. Iphita limbata , I. heissi sp. nov. ( Fig. 8 View Figs ), and I. rubricata are easily distinguished by having the apices of femora red and not black as in I. fuscorubra sp. nov. Iphita heissi sp. nov., I. rubricata , I. fasciata sp. nov. ( Fig. 4 View Figs ), and I. fimbriata ( Fig. 5 View Figs ) differ from I. fuscorubra sp. nov. by having the pronotal collar narrow, such that the callar lobe approaches the anterior pronotal margin. Iphita rubricata also differs by having antennomeres 1 and 4 longer and antennomeres 2 and 3 shorter. Iphita varians ( Figs. 9-10 View Figs ) differs by a larger size, longer and stouter antennomere 1, more elongated head, longer and anteriorly narrowed pronotum, stouter legs, and concolorous black clavus and corium. Iphita coimbatorensis , I. fasciata sp. nov., and I. fimbriata do not have the whitish ring on antennomere 4. Iphita coimbatorensis also differs by a larger and longer head, stouter and somewhat longer antennomere 1, shorter antennomere 2, black clavus and corium, and lateral margin of the pronotum lacking the punctures at the level of the callar lobe (similarly as in I. varians ). Iphita fasciata sp. nov. has a median transverse band across the corium (corium unicolorous in I. fuscorubra sp. nov.). Finally, Iphita fimbriata and I. lycoides are distinctly smaller and have black clavus and corium and pale costal margin as do I. limbata and I. heissi sp. nov.

Etymology. The species epithet is composed of the Latin adjectives fuscus (= dark) and ruber (= red), describing the dark reddish colouration of the species.

Distribution. Western India, Maharastra state.













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