Neomacrocoris transvaalensis (Distant)

Sites, Robert W. & Mbogho, Aaron Y., 2012, Revision of the African genus Neomacrocoris (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Nepomorpha: Naucoridae), Zootaxa 3555, pp. 1-39: 29-30

publication ID

http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.211898

publication LSID

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DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6170693

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scientific name

Neomacrocoris transvaalensis (Distant)
status

NEW COMBINATION

Neomacrocoris transvaalensis (Distant)   , NEW COMBINATION

Figs. 51–53 View FIGURES 51 – 53

Macrocoris transvaalensis Distant 1904   : Entomol. 37: 258–259.

Discussion. This species is known from a single female specimen described from eastern South Africa. Recent examination of a photograph of the specimen in the British Museum suggested that Macrocoris transvaalensis   was in the wrong genus because of the proportionately small head. Closer examination, including of the claval commissure (right clavus is broken) and the mesosternal carina, confirmed that this is a species of Neomacrocoris and is hereby transferred from Macrocoris   to Neomacrocoris. Montandon (1913) evidently did not examine M. transvaalensis   when he transferred M. angusticeps   , M. handlirschi   , and M. parviceps   to his new genus Neomacrocoris. In addition, Poisson   did not recognize its incorrect generic assignment in his discussion of several species of Macrocoris ( Poisson 1948)   , nor in his key to the species of Macrocoris ( Poisson 1959)   . Distant (1904) reported its length to be 10 mm. We remeasured the specimen at 8.8 mm; disfiguration of the wing apices because of the absence of the terminal abdominal segments could account for some of the difference in body length. In the USNM are two females from South Africa with a subgenital plate similar in shape to that of N. transvaalensis   . Although the specimens are shorter (8.3 mm), the distal tongue-like lobe is more elongate, and males are unknown and not available for association, we have provisionally identified the USNM females as N. transvaalensis   .

Diagnosis. The female subgenital plate has a projection on the lateral margins ( Fig. 52 View FIGURES 51 – 53 ), which differs from that of all known congeneric females except those of N. hungerfordi   and N. vuga   . It can be distinguished from N. hungerfordi   and N. vuga   by its substantially smaller body size and shorter tongue-like lobe of the subgenital plate.

Published records. [ SOUTH AFRICA] ( Distant 1904).

Material examined. LECTOTYPE by present designation: [ SOUTH AFRICA]: Transvaal, Lydenburg Dist. / Transvaalensis   Dist. Type / 8 I / Type H. T. ( BMNH, Ƥ). SOUTH AFRICA: Natal. Mtubatuba, III- 24 & 25-1968, Paul J. Spangler ( USNM, 2 Ƥ).

NEW

University of Newcastle

USNM

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hemiptera

Family

Naucoridae

Genus

Neomacrocoris

Loc

Neomacrocoris transvaalensis (Distant)

Sites, Robert W. & Mbogho, Aaron Y. 2012
2012
Loc

Macrocoris transvaalensis

Distant 1904
1904