Monecphora broomfieldi, Carvalho, Gervásio Silva, Sakakibara, Albino Morimasa & Webb, Michael D., 2016

Carvalho, Gervásio Silva, Sakakibara, Albino Morimasa & Webb, Michael D., 2016, Two new species of the Neotropical spittlebug genus Monecphora Amyot & Serville (Hemiptera: Cercopidae) with key and notes of species of the genus, Zootaxa 4078 (1), pp. 143-152: 144-146

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Monecphora broomfieldi

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Monecphora broomfieldi   sp. nov.

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Material examined. Holotype male: “ COSTA RICA / Turrialba, Catie / IICA Research Station. / 3–8.vii. 1981 / W. R. Dolling / B.M. 1981 – 411 ” ( BMNH). Paratypes: 2 males ( DZUP, BMNH) and 3 females ( MCTP, DZUP, BMNH), same data as holotype; 1 female, “ COSTA RICA: Heredia / Chilamate / 75 msnm 25.ii. 1989 / col. C. Godoy” ( MCTP); 1 female, “ COSTA RICA / Lallemand Coll. / B.M. 1955 – 832 ” ( BMNH).

Measurements (in mm). Mean (range) of 3 males / 3 females. Body length: 12.2 (11.5–13.2) / 12.1 (10.5 –13.0).

Description. Dorsum yellow marked with dark brown on head laterally, between eye and longitudinal fovea and antennal margin, as two longitudinal stripes on pronotum continuing from head and slightly widening posteriorly until latero-posterior and posterior margins and extending onto scutellum posteriorly. Forewings with distal two thirds dark brown with basal third and subapical costal quadrangular spot, yellow. Face with postclypeus and anteclypeus sanguineous. Rostrum yellow with apical segment brown. Antennae dark brown. Mesothorax brown. Legs yellow with tip of femur, tibia and tarsi, dark brown. Abdomen red. Forewing venation not apparent, except distally, reticulate. Male pygofer with triangular latero-posterior lobe ( Fig. 3 View FIGURES 1 – 6 ). Parameres in lateral view with base of apophysis triangular shaped dorsally, thereafter digitate to rounded apex with apical bifurcated tooth turned laterally ( Fig. 4 View FIGURES 1 – 6 ). Aedeagal shaft curved posterodorsally, apex with an anterior median spine and an apicaly flange-like process on each side terminating in a pair of hook-like projections ( Figs 5–6 View FIGURES 1 – 6 ). Ovipositor with basal processes small and spoon-shaped.

Etymology. This species is named after Peter Broomfield (ex-BMNH) who did the genitalia drawings used here and most of the drawings used in the Cercopid Spittlebugs of the New World ( Carvalho & Webb 2005).

Remarks. The new species have aedeagus processes similar to M. pallida Lallemand, 1924   , but differs from this and other species in its color pattern.


Universidade Federal do Parana, Colecao de Entomologia Pe. Jesus Santiago Moure


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