Pulchrijassus sindhuae,

Dietrich, Christopher H., Magalhães, Raysa Brito de & Takiya, Daniela M., 2020, Revision of the endemic Malagasy leafhopper tribe Platyjassini (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Iassinae), European Journal of Taxonomy 695, pp. 1-89: 73-74

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Pulchrijassus sindhuae

gen. et sp. nov.

Pulchrijassus sindhuae  gen. et sp. nov.


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This species is named in honor of Dr. Sindhu M. Krishnankutty, whose comprehensive phylogenetic study of Iassinae  established the relationship between Platyjassini  and other tribes.

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MADAGASCAR • ♂; “ MADAGASCAR: Province dʼAntananarivo 3 km 41° NE Andranomay, 11.5 km 147° SSE Anjozorobe, elev 1300m, 5–13 Dec 2000, 18°28′24″ S 47°57′36″ E, coll. Fisher, Griswold et al., California Acad. of Sciences, montane rainforest, malaise trap, coll. code: BLF2372”; CAS.GoogleMaps 


MADAGASCAR – Antananarivo • 1 ♂; 3 km 41° NE of Andranomay, 11.5 km 147° SSE of Anjozorobe; 18°28′24″ S, 47°57′36″ E; alt. 1300 m; 5–13 Dec. 2000; Fisher, Griswold et al. leg.; Malaise trap; montane rainforest; coll. code: BLF2372; CASGoogleMaps  1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding; coll. code: BLF2375; INHSGoogleMaps  . – Fianarantsoa • 1 ♂; Parc National Ranomafana , radio tower at forest edge ; 

21°15.05′ S, 47°24.43′ E; alt. 1130 m, 15–21 Dec. 2001; M. Irwin and R. Harin’Hala leg.; Malaise trap; mixed tropical forest; MA-02-09B-07; INHSGoogleMaps  1 ♂; Parc National Ranomafana , Belle Vue at Talatakely ; 21°15.99′ S, 47°25.21′ E; alt. 1020 m; 14–23 Apr. 2002; M. Irwin and R. Harin’Hala leg.; Malaise trap; secondary tropical forest; MA-02-09C-25; CASGoogleMaps  .


Length of male 8.8–9.6 mm (female unknown). Color pattern resembling that of P. anjozorobensis  sp. nov. overall, but darker markings more extensive, crown dark brown except pair of yellow spots posterad of ocelli; mesonotum and scutellum with large median black macula; venter and legs mostly dark brown. Hind tibial rows PD, AD and AV with 21, 15, and 17 macrosetae, respectively. Style apophysis slightly broadened toward midlength, thence slightly tapered toward rounded apex, sinuate in lateral view, nearly straight, with slight mesal curve distally in ventral view. Connective with anterior margin obtusely angulate. Aedeagus with shaft relatively broad and somewhat compressed basally in lateral view, tapered distally, dorsal margin curved dorsad at right angle; gonopore apical on posterior surface.


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