Malagasotingis ursulae, Lis, Barbara, 2009

Lis, Barbara, 2009, Malagasotingis ursulae gen. et sp. nov. (Hemiptera: Tingidae: Tinginae: Litadeini) from Madagascar, with new tribal assignment of the Oriental genus Tanytingis Drake, 1939, Zootaxa 2310, pp. 64-68: 66

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Malagasotingis ursulae

sp. nov.

Malagasotingis ursulae  sp. nov.

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Description (based on a single male specimen): Head brown, armed with five long and curved downwards, yellowish cephalic spines; eyes black, frons about four times broader than the eye width. Bucculae relatively high, closed in front, dark brown with ventral margins yellowish; each buccula composed of four rows of cells; rostrum extending beyond the posterior margin of mesosternum. Antenniferous tubercles short and blunt; antennae moderately long, slender, light yellow, indistinctly pilose. Pronotum relatively short, its length slightly shorter than its width; posterior pronotal margin broadly rounded, triangular process reduced; collar slightly swollen, composed of two rows of areolae; paranota narrow, uniseriate; three pronotal carinae almost straight, uniseriate; pronotal disc densely punctured, its posterior lobe areolated. Pronotal surface brown, except for light yellow collar, paranota, edges of pronotal carinae and posterior pronotal margin. Pleura dark brown; the ostiolar opening surrounded by the auricular peritreme. Hemelytra light brown with brown premedian bands, a tumid elevation of discoidal area surrounded by dark brown band. Costal area very broad, composed of 6–7 rows of areolae; areolae gradually growing in size from the base to the apex; basal parts of costal areas folded downwards; discoidal area tumidly elevated, its boundaries almost indistinct; subcostal+discoidal area composed of 6–7 rows of areolae at its broadest part; posterior margin of hemelytron bordered by a single row of large, rectangular areolae; hypocostal lamina uniseriate. Base of abdominal dorsum well visible in its median part, and not concealed by hemelytra. Abdomen yellowish brown, glossy; legs slender, light yellow, apices of tibiae and tarsi dark brown; second tarsal segment distinctly swollen, bearing thick bristle-like hairs on its lower surface.

Measurements (in mm): Body length 3.27; maximum body width 2.37; pronotal length 0.75; pronotal width 0.80; length of hemelytron 2.40; length of antennal segments 0.25: 0.11: 0.71: 0.55.

Material examined: Holotype (male): MADAGASCAR: Province d’Antananarivo, Réserve Spéciale d’Ambohitantely, Forêt d’Ambohitantely, 20.9km 72 º NE d’Ankazobe, 1410m, 17–22 April 2001; 18 º 13 ’ 31 ”S, 47 º 17 ’ 13 ”E, coll. Fisher, Griswold et al., California Acad. of Sciences, pitfall trap in montane rainforest, code: BLF 3691; CASLOT 010683; in collection of the Zoologisches Museum, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Germany.

Etymology: The new species is dedicated to Dr. Ursula Göllner-Scheiding, the eminent specialist on Heteroptera  , who kindly sent me the material for study.