Oncometopia lepida, Rakitov, Roman, 2016

Rakitov, Roman, 2016, The Oncometopia orbona species group (Hemiptera, Cicadellidae, Proconiini), Zootaxa 4168 (1), pp. 109-133: 128

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Oncometopia lepida

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Oncometopia lepida   , new species

( Fig. 10 View FIGURE 10 )

Description. Length of male 8.9–10.4 mm, female 9.4–10.4 mm. Other external characters as in O. orbona   .

Coloration ( Fig. 10 View FIGURE 10 A–F). Ground color yellow, except pronotum behind anterior depressions and forewings green. Head coloration similar to well-patterned O. clarior   with following differences. Crown without black streaks extending posterad from extremities of anterior branches of coronal suture or with streaks poorly developed (only their posterior extremities present as short markings), in lighter specimens with only following dark markings ( Fig. 10 View FIGURE 10 A): streak across anterior branches of coronal suture and small round spot on inner margin of lateral muscle impressions area half way between each ocellus and apex of crown. Abdominal terga III–VII black, terga VIII–IX and anal tube usually purple, peppered with darker dots (in specimens from Costa Rica this entire area is sordid yellow).

Male terminalia. Aedeagus shaft ( Fig. 10 View FIGURE 10 I, J) with process near middle, on long membranous stalk. Other characters as in O. clarior   .

Female terminalia. Sternum VII ( Fig. 10 View FIGURE 10 N) as in O. orbona   . Vestibulum ( Fig. 10 View FIGURE 10 L) produced into rectangular or conical posterior extension 1.2–1.5x as long as wide at base. Sternum VIII sclerites absent. Genital chamber sclerites ( Fig. 10 View FIGURE 10 L, M, shaded) attached to anterior ends of 1st valvulae, consisting of thimble-shaped anterior parts, converging anteriorly, and elongate platelike posterior parts forming ventrolateral walls of vestibulum extension; both anterior and posterior parts with spinose microsculpture. In ventral view ( Fig. 10 View FIGURE 10 L), membranous folds separating these sclerites from anterior ends of 1st valvulae diverging anteriorly. Other characters as in O. orbona   .

Distribution. Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica ( Fig. 10 View FIGURE 10 Q).

Types. Holotype female [ INHS]: MEXICO: OAXACA, Yetla de Juarez , field edge, site #05-244, 17.6702° N, 98.0014° W, 12.xi.2005, R. Rakitov GoogleMaps   . Paratypes: same data as holotype [2Ƌ, INHS] GoogleMaps   .

Additional material examined. MEXICO: CHIAPAS: 1 mi S of Rayon , 16.vi.1965, Burke, Meyer, & Schaffner [1Ƌ, 1♀, TAMU]   ; 11 mi N of Ocozocoautla , 19.vii.1973, Mastro & Shaffner [1♀, TAMU]   ; 14 km NW of Comitan , 15.viii.1967, H. R. Burke & J. Hafernik [1♀, TAMU]   ; 13 mi NW of Comitan , 03.iii.1953, R. C. Bechte & E. I. Schlinger [1♀, EMEC]   ; Bochil , 16.iii.1953, R. C. Bechte & E. I. Schlinger [1♀, EMEC]   ; COLIMA: 9 mi N of Comala , 84/030, 12.vii.1984, J. B. Woolley [1♀, TAMU]   ; DISTRITO FEDERAL, 18 km N of Temascaltepec , 06.i.1989, E. S. Ross & R. E. Stecker [1♀, CAS]   ; GUERRERO, 15 mi SW of Chichihualco , 15.vii.1984, Carroll, Schaffner, & Friedlander [1♀, TAMU]   ; 6 mi NE of Tixtla de Guerrero, 16.vii.1984, J. B. Woolley [1♀, TAMU]   ; OAXACA, 20 mi N of Putla , 03.viii.1976, Peigler, Gruetzmacher, R. & M. Murray, Schaffner [1♀, TAMU]   . GUATEMALA: Suchitepéquez, Mazatenango , 16.iv.1956, D. H. Janzen [1♀, EMEC]   . COSTA RICA: Parque Internacional La Amistad, sector Altamira , 30.vi.2003, R. Rakitov [3♀, INHS]   ; San Jose, 07.vii.1963, [no collector] [1♀, TAMU]   .

Etymology. From the Latin lepidus (fine, pleasant), referring to the color pattern.

Notes. The males of this species could not be differentiated from the males of O. pelvica   sp. n.


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