Alepia janjezeki Cordeiro & Bravo

Cordeiro, Danilo, Bravo, Freddy & Chagas, Cínthia, 2015, Four new species of Psychodinae (Diptera: Psychodidae) from the Brazilian semiarid region, with contributions to supraspecific classification of Trichopsychodina and a redefinition of Feuerborniella, Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 55 (2), pp. 457-472: 469-470

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Alepia janjezeki Cordeiro & Bravo

sp. nov.

Alepia janjezeki Cordeiro & Bravo   , sp. nov.

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Type material. HOLOTYPE: ♁, BRAZIL: BAHIA: Piatã, Cachoeira do Patrício , light trap, 5.xi.2013, cols. Menezes E., Nascimento F., Carvalho J., Cordeiro D. & Bravo F. ( MZFS)   . PARATYPE: 1 ♀, same place, data and collectors as holotype ( MZFS).

Diagnosis. Eyes widely separated; wing membrane with setae on base of costal cell; cercus conical, with dark area at base bearing 25 long clavate tenacula; pair of well sclerotized parameres lateral to aedeagus.

Description. Head. Frons seta patch slightly divided ( Figs 28 and 29 View Figs 28–36 ); eye bridge short, eyes widely separated; no larger alveoli on area of supraocular setae and occipital setae ( Figs 28–30 View Figs 28–36 ); interocular suture present; clypeus wider than long; antenna with cylindrical scape 2× (male, Fig. 28 View Figs 28–36 ) or 2.5× (female, Fig. 29 View Figs 28–36 ) length of spherical pedicel, 14 flagellomeres with pair of digitiforme ascoids on the same side, apical flagellomere with apiculus around 0.4× length of whole flagellomere ( Fig. 31 View Figs 28–36 ); palpal formula 1.0: 2.1: 2.1: 2.3. Labellum bulbous, with short spines on inner margin and several lateral setae.

Thorax ( Fig. 32 View Figs 28–36 ). Pre-sutural setae separated from supraalar setae; seta patch of anepisternum divided.

Wing ( Fig. 33 View Figs 28–36 ). Wing membrane bare except on veins and base of cell C, with pattern of infuscation as illustrated; vein Sc short; R1 ending beyond level of CuA2; radial fork complete and basal to complete medial fork; base of M



Legs. Distitarsi with apical projection ( Fig. 34 View Figs 28–36 ).

Male terminalia ( Fig. 35 View Figs 28–36 ). Hypandrium straight, separating gonocoxites; gonostylus spatulate with several small setae sparsely distributed throughout its length; gonocoxal apodemes large, expanding anteriorly and meeting at midline to form gonocoxal bridge; cercus conical, with dark area at base bearing 25 long clavate tenacula; aedeagus symmetric; aedeagal apodeme large; pair of well sclerotized parameres lateral to aedeagus; parameres have continuous apodemes at base, dorsally to aedeagus.

Female terminalia ( Fig. 36 View Figs 28–36 ). Subgenital plate bilobed; ovipositor almost reaching 1.4 length of subgenital plate; genital chamber with expansion on lateral margin.

Differential diagnosis. This species is morphologically close to Alepia copelata Quate, 1999   , in the eyes widely separated, and the shape of aedeagal complex, with two large well sclerotized parameres, but they can be differentiated by the shape of gonostylus and the number of tenacula in the dark area at the base of cercus.

Etymology. The species epithet is given in honor to Dr. Jan Ježek for his enormous contribution to the taxonomy of family Psychodidae   .

Distribution. Brazil (Bahia).