Platycorypha amazonica, Burckhardt & Queiroz, 2020

Burckhardt, Daniel & Queiroz, Dalva L., 2020, Neotropical jumping plant-lice (Hemiptera, Psylloidea) associated with plants of the tribe Detarieae (Leguminosae, Detarioideae), Zootaxa 4733 (1), pp. 1-73: 56-59

publication ID

publication LSID


persistent identifier

taxon LSID

treatment provided by


scientific name

Platycorypha amazonica

sp. nov.

Platycorypha amazonica   sp. nov.

( Figs 24 View FIGURES 22–26 , 177 View FIGURES 175–184 , 186, 194 View FIGURES 185–196 , 197–199 View FIGURES 197–220 )


Material examined. Holotype ♂, Brazil: AM, Manaus , -2.8936 -59.9726, 100 m, 13.iii.2014, Hymenaea courbaril   , sticky trap in plantation (C. Krug & E. Soares) CPAA (01) ( UFPR, dry mounted). GoogleMaps  

Paratypes. Brazil: AM: 1 ♂, same data as holotype ( NHMB, slide mounted); 1 ♂, 2 ♀, 1 immature, same data but 1.viii.2014, Hymenaea courbaril   ( NHMB, dry and slide mounted); 1 ♂, Mananus Embrapa Amazónia occiden- tal, -2.8936 -59.9725, 100 m, 3.vii.2014, Hymenaea courbaril   , sticky trap (E.S. Figueiredo) ( NHMB, dry mounted); 1 ♀, same but 13.i.2015, native vegetation, sticky trap GoogleMaps   .

Description. Adult. Colouration. Light dirty yellowish to bright orange. Head with whitish dots on vertex anteriorly and dorsal margin of antennal insertions; just above median ocellus with conspicuous black dot. Eyes greyish, ocelli reddish. Antennal segments 1 and 2 orange, 3 brown with dark brown or black apex, 4 and 5 brown basally, otherwise dark brown or black as segments 6–10. Head and thorax ventrally as well as legs yellowish. Tip of rostrum black. Forewings orange, membrane and veins concolorous. Hindwing dirty whitish.

Structure. Antenna 4.2–4.7 times as long as head width. Clypeus, in ventral view, straight anteriorly. Rostrum moderately long, 0.5–0.6 times as long as head width, segment 3 1.0–1.1 times as long as segment 2. Forewing ( Fig. 177 View FIGURES 175–184 ) 2.8–3.0 times as long as head width, 2.5–2.8 times as long as wide; cell cu 1 0.5–0.7 times higher than wide; surface spinules in cell r 2 above bifurcation of M densely, irregularly spaced. Metatibia 0.9–1.0 times as long as head width. Terminalia as in Figs 186 View FIGURES 185–196 , 197–199 View FIGURES 197–220 . Male proctiger 0.3–0.4 times as long as head width. Paramere, in profile, with square base and irregularly narrowing lamellar apical portion; outer face with long, evenly spaced hairs; apex strongly sclerotised, forming a backwards directed tooth; inner face with long setae which are thicker along fore margin. Distal portion of aedeagus inflated in apical third; apex forming moderately slender hook. Female proctiger 0.7 times as long as head width, dorsal outline with bend in the middle, apical process not inflated; long setae arranged in a transverse row on dorsum of female proctiger apically not reaching apex of proctiger; circumanal ring 0.3 times as long as proctiger. Female subgenital plate 0.7 times as long as proctiger, ventral outline, in profile, relatively evenly curved; apex forming small point.

Measurements (in mm) and ratios (2 ♂, 1 ♀). Head width ♂ 0.76–0.78, ♀ 0.82; antenna length ♂ 3.20–3.50, ♀ 3.86; forewing length ♂ 2.20–2.26, ♀ 2.46; male proctiger length 0.26–0.28; paramere length 0.18–0.20; length of distal segment of aedeagus 0.22; female proctiger length 0.60.

Fifth instar immature. Colouration. Reddish, sclerites mostly ochreous. Antenna almost black except for segments 1–3 which are ochreous. Tibiae and tarsi, as well as a narrow band along margin of wing pads and caudal plate black.

Structure. Body 1.7 times as long as wide. Apical labial segment 0.5 times and antenna 3.7 times as long as forewing pad, respectively. Caudal plate 1.3 times as wide as long and 3.2 times as wide as circumanal ring; lacking dorsal capitate setae near dorsal sectasetae ( Fig. 194 View FIGURES 185–196 ).

Measurements (in mm) and ratios (1 immature). Body length 1.64, antenna length 1.78; forewing pad length 0.48; caudal plate width 0.64.

Etymology. Adjective, feminine form. Named after its provenience, the Brazilian state of Amazonas.

Distribution. Brazil (AM).

Host plant, biology and habitat. Hymenaea courbaril   L.—The immatures are free-living.

Comments. Platycorypha amazonica   differs from other species of the Platycorypha atrifrons   -group as indicated in the key. It resembles P. leptopeus   in the paramere which has a backwards directed apical sclerotised tooth and is densely covered in long setae on the inner face. It differs in the more irregularly narrowing paramere and the apically more inflated aedeagus. It is so far the only member of the species group known from the Brazilian state of Amazonas.


Australian Museum


Natural History Museum Bucharest