Allicyrtaspis Shi, Bian & Chang

Shi, Fu-Ming, Bian, Xun & Chang, Yan-Lin, 2013, A new genus and two new species of the tribe Meconematini (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) from China, Zootaxa 3681 (2), pp. 163-168: 163-164

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Allicyrtaspis Shi, Bian & Chang


Allicyrtaspis Shi, Bian & Chang   gen. nov.

Generic diagnosis. Body small, robust, but comparative large for the tribe Meconematini   . Head short and stout, fastigium frontis slightly inclined. Fastigium verticis conical, apex obtusely rounded, with median sulcus. Apical segment of maxillary palpus slightly longer than subapical one, the apex slightly swollen. Male pronotum extended posteriorly. Disc of pronotum flat, metazona not raised; anterior and median transverse sulci indistinct, posterior transverse sulcus distinct; posterior margin of paranota slightly broadened; humeral sinus absent. Pro- and mesotibiae armed on ventral margins with spines, tibial tympana open on both sides. Posttibiae with a pair of dorsal apical spurs and two pairs of ventral apical spurs. Male tegmina brachypterous, not reaching or slightly surpassing posterior margin of pronotum; hind wings absent. Male tenth abdominal tergite obviously projecting backwards, enlarged, posterior area bifurcate; cercus stout and short; genitalia sclerotized, longer, surpassing posterior margin of subgenital plate; the latter with styli.

MAP 1. Distribution of the genus Allicyrtaspis Shi, Bian & Chang   gen. nov.

Discussion. The new genus resembles the genus Cyrtaspis Fischer, 1853   , but differs from the latter in following characters: male pronotum with disc flat, metazona not raised, posterior margin of lateral lobe slightly broadened; tenth abdominal tergite distinctly specialized, longer and enlarged, posterior area bifurcate; cercus short and stout; genitalia longer than subgenital plate.

Type species: Allicyrtaspis globosis Shi, Bian & Chang   sp. nov., feminine gender, here designated. Etymology. The name of the new genus is derived from Greek ‘all-’, and the genus Cyrtaspis   name.