Thraulodes quevedoensis Flowers

Flowers, Wills, 2009, A new species of Thraulodes (Ephemeroptera: Leptophlebiidae, Atalophlebiinae) from a highly altered river in western Ecuador, Zootaxa 2052, pp. 55-61: 56-60

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Thraulodes quevedoensis Flowers

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Thraulodes quevedoensis Flowers   , new species

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Description. Holotype. Male imago (in alcohol): Body length 5.6 mm, forewing 5.2 mm, hind wing 1 mm. General coloration yellowish brown, abdomen translucent. Head: Blackish brown. Upper portion of eyes yellowish orange, lower portion dark grey. Ocelli white, a black ring at base. Antennae with scape and pedicel yellowish tan, flagellum translucent. Thorax: Pronotum pale yellow. Mesonotum yellowish brown, sides of metascutum and posterior scutal protubernaces of mesoscutellum chestnut brown. Metanotum chestnutbrown. Pleura yellowish white with anepisterna and katepisterna 2 and 3, and subalar sclerite chestnut-brown. Sterna yellowish white; furcasternum 2 with chestnut-brown lateral furcasternal protuberances. Wings ( Fig. 2 View FIGURES 2 – 3 ) with membrane and veins hyaline, milky white in subcostal area, a black spot on basal arc; 2 crossveins basal and 12 distal to bulla. Legs: Coxae, trochanters, and femora whitish; femora with chestnut-brown band in apical fourth. Tibiae and tarsi whitish, tarsal claws dark yellow apically. Abdomen ( Fig. 4 View FIGURES 4 – 8 ): Tergum I yellowish white, washed with black on anterior margin and median area; terga II –IV whitish, translucent, with a pair of brownish-black sublateral spots on anterior fourth, and with a black spot on spiracles. Terga VI –X reddish brown with small blackish-brown sublateral spots at anterior margin; terga VI and VII with four rounded whitish spots along anterior margin; tergum VII with large pale yellowish-white spot at posterolateral corners. Tergum X reddish brown with a pair of small submedian paler dots. Sterna I –V translucent whitish; sterna VI –IX yellowish white. Lateral margins of sterna VI and VII reddish brown; median area of sternum VII washed with black, subgential plate and lateral margins washed with brown. Genitalia ( Fig. 3 View FIGURES 2 – 3 ): forceps yellowish white, angulate in center of first segment; subgenital plate with a triangular posterior projection. Penes yellowish brown, elongate, outwardly curved, a pair of inwardly directed spines apically, lateral flaps lacking. Caudal filaments white, every second annulus marked with dark brown.

Allotype. Female imago (in alcohol): Body length 3.5 mm, forewing 5.5 mm, hind wing 0.9 mm. General coloration yellowish white. Head: Yellowish tan, a chestnut-brown mark on middle of clypeal ridge. Eye dark grey; ocelli translucent white, a black ring around the base of each ocellus. Antenna with scape and pedicel pale brown, flagellum translucent white. Thorax: Prothorax translucent creamy white with irregular chalky white markings. Mesonotum yellowish white with chalky white markings laterally, mesoscutellum washed with tan and edged with chalky white, metanotum yellowish white with median and posterior chalky white markings. Pleura yellowish white with extensive chalky white areas, anepisterna and katepisterna 2 and 3 washed with dark brown. Sterna yellowish white. Legs: Yellowish white, a dark brown band on apical fourth of each femur. Abdomen ( Fig. 5 View FIGURES 4 – 8 ): Tergum I washed with brown, darker in central area; terga II –V yellowish white with black spiracular and submedian spots, and a faint brown transverse band between submedian spots. Tergum VI whitish with a dark brown undulating band in basal half; tergum VII whitish with narrow, undulating markings on basal fourth. Tergum VIII whitish; terga IX and X brown with a narrow, whitish middorsal line. Sterna yellowish white, sterna VI –IX with irregular chalky white markings. Caudal filaments translucent white, the base of every second to third annulus in basal one-fourth of the filaments with a narrow, dark brown band.

Mature nymph (in alcohol): Body length 4.6 mm, cerci 5.4 mm, caudal filaments 6 mm. Head: yellowish brown, anterior third darker, eyes and ocelli black, area between ocelli washed with black. Antenna with scape and pedicel pale yellowish brown, flagellum pale yellowish white. Mouthparts: Labrum and dorsal surface of mandibles yellowish brown, washed with black. Clypeus slightly divergent apically. Labrum ( Fig. 9 View FIGURES 9 – 18 ) transverse, lateral angles subangulate, dorsal surface with a subapical line of strong setae, scattered fine setae basally. Apical denticles ( Fig. 10 View FIGURES 9 – 18 ) short, very broad, covered by a shallow hood. Mandibles ( Figs. 11, 12 View FIGURES 9 – 18 ) strongly curved, apical half of lateral margin lined with setae, two patches of setae on basal third of ventral surface, incisors narrow with three apical teeth; right prostheca with a strong pectinate seta, left prostheca with a strong dentate basal spur. Maxilla ( Fig. 14 View FIGURES 9 – 18 ) broad, a row of 17 subapical pectinate setae present, cardo with a row of short strong setae on outer margin. Maxillary palp with 5–7 strong setae on apical half of inner margin of segment 2, apical segment with a single strong seta at base of inner margin and a brush of long fine setae on ventral surface. Hypopharynx ( Fig. 15 View FIGURES 9 – 18 ) with narrow curved linguae, superlingua with short curved lateral arms, a field of long, laterally directed setae on dorsal side of apices (indicated by dotted lines in Fig. 15 View FIGURES 9 – 18 ). Labium ( Fig. 17 View FIGURES 9 – 18 ): Glossae with hair-like setae on ventral surface, strong spine-like setae on lateral and medial margins, a diagonal row of setae on dorsal surface. Paraglossae with fields of long inwardly directed setae on apical fourth. Labial palpi with third segment small, bearing two stout setae on dorsal surface. Thorax: Pronotum of male pale yellow with vague yellowish-brown markings laterally; pronotum of female yellowish brown, vague yellow markings on either side of midline. Mesonotum ( Fig. 8 View FIGURES 4 – 8 ) yellowish brown with yellow lyre-shaped mark at midline and yellow spots on humeri, submedially inside wingpads, and mesoscutellum. Wingpads yellowish brown with veins darker. Thoracic sterna yellowish white. Legs: Foreleg (Fig. 19) with femur pale yellowish brown with a large basal and a smaller apical yellowish-white spots. Middle ( Fig. 16 View FIGURES 9 – 18 ) and hind ( Fig. 13 View FIGURES 9 – 18 ) femora yellowish white, washed with yellowish brown in apical half, apices yellowish white. Tibiae, tarsi, and claws yellowish white, apex of claws brown. Dorsal margin of femur with long fine setae, 6–7 long blunt-tipped setae, and short spine-like setae. Anterior surface with scattered short spatulate setae, a few very short spine-like setae on ventral margin. Fore tibia with a row of short spinelike setae on inner margin, and long fine setae along outer margin. Middle leg similar to foreleg but with a row of short spatulate setae on ventral margin of femur. Hind leg similar to middle leg except spatulate setae on ventral margin of femur more numerous, and outer margin of tibia with long and short stout blunt setae in addition to fine hairs. Tarsal claws (Fig. 20) with a row of 8 subequal denticles. Abdomen of male yellowish brown with sublateral pale yellow spots; tergum IX and a horizontal median band on terga IV and V pale yellow. Female abdomen ( Fig. 7 View FIGURES 4 – 8 ) with pale markings smaller than in male, or absent; terga IV and V often with a vertical pale yellow spot. Abdominal sterna pale yellow. Gills narrow, hyaline, tracheae blackish, lacking lateral branches, width of tracheae subequal to half the width of entire gill. Caudal filaments pale yellowish brown with a ring of short erect setae on each segment.

Etymology. quevedonensis   , from Quevedo, noun; and - ensis, L., suffix, meaning locality or place. This species is named for both the city and the river were the type material was collected: Quevedo, Los Ríos Province, Ecuador.

Specimens examined. (17 ɗɗ, 21 ΨΨ, 19 nymphs) ( MECN) Male imago HOLOTYPE labeled ECUADOR, Los Ríos, Quevedo, Malecón, 15 -VII- 2008, R. W. Flowers, J. Cabanilla. ( MECN) Female imago ALLOTYPE, same locality and collectors as holotype. PARATYPES: Los Ríos Province: 6 ɗɗ, 1 Ψ (2 ɗɗ MECN, 4 ɗɗ, 1 Ψ FAMU), same locality, date, and collectors as holotype; 10 ɗɗ, 19 ΨΨ (5 ɗɗ, 6 ΨΨ MECN, remainder FAMU), same locality date and collectors as allotype; 3 ɗɗ, same locality and collectors as holotype, 12 -VII- 2007; 9 nymphs ( FAMU), Quevedo, San Camillo, riffle, R. W. Flowers; 10 nymphs (6 MECN, 4 FAMU), Río Quevedo at Holandesa, UTM 672348 /9921014, 1-VII- 2007, R W. Flowers, M. Martinez, S. Perez, L. Ledesma.

Ecology. The Río Quevedo is a large river flowing through highly impacted agricultural land. Residents of Quevedo assert that the river receives the wastewaters from Quevedo and all communities upstream, as well agricultural runoff that includes heavy loads of fertilizers and pesticides. Notwithstanding, many people use the river for laundry, bathing, and fishing. In addition to a substantial population of the Thraulodes   described here, the river at Quevedo is also home to Americabaetis Kluge   , Baetodes Needham & Murphy   , Camelobaetidius Demoulin   , and Guajirolus Flowers   ( Baetidae   ), and Leptohyphes Eaton   and Tricorythodes Ulmer   ( Leptohyphidae   ). At Holandesa, Varipes Lugo-Ortiz & McCafferty   ( Baetidae   ) was collected in addition to the above genera but Thraulodes quevedoensis   was the dominant invertebrate (unpublished data). An environmental impact assessment, published in 2006, for the ‘Proyecto Baba’ (Consorcio Hidroenergético del Litoral 2006), a water diversion structure planned for the river upstream from Quevedo, listed fecal coliforms and mercury as significant contaminants of the river from the town of Patricia Pilar downstream to Quevedo. Commonly used pesticides and fertilizers were not detected during this assessment. Ironically, this impact study also failed to detect most of the aquatic fauna we found in the river, possibly due to use of inappropriate sampling techniques. Although the mayfly diversity of the Río Quevedo is undoubtedly affected by the intense agricultural and urban land use, hydrological factors may be ameliorating some of the negative effects. During the rainy season, the river has a very high discharge, while in the dry season water levels and flow are reduced; the riverbed consists of many broad shallow riffles that are well aerated. This combination probably accelerates breakdown of any toxic chemicals, and certainly prevents buildup of sediment, which is the principal threat to aquatic insect communities in the Neotropics.

In several water-quality metrics in use in Central and northern South America, Leptophlebiidae   is scored as an indicator of the highest level of water quality (Peruvian Andes, Acosta, Ríos, Rieradevall & Prat, unpublished data) or at the next to highest level ( Costa Rica, La Gaceta 2007; Colombia, Roldán Pérez 2003). Given the abundance of Thraulodes quevedonensis   in the disturbed habitats of the Río Quevedo and perhaps also in similar rivers in western Ecuador, the assumption that Leptophlebiidae   collectively indicate good to high water quality is open to question. As experience in temperate countries has shown, tolerance values should be revisited as more data become available and the freshwater fauna becomes better known.

Diagnosis. Males of Thraulodes quevedoensis   can be separated from all other known Thraulodes   by the combination of the dark abdominal tergum VI, the elongated penes lacking lateral pouches, and two crossveins basal to the bulla. Adult females and nymphs of too few Thraulodes   species have been described to permit meaningful comparisons between species of these stages. Adults of T. quevedoensis   appear to have two color forms. Specimens collected in 2007 and in January and July 2008 were colored as described for the holotype and allotype. Specimens collected in August 2008 had darker shades of brown, and a few of the females had abdomens with significantly more brown markings ( Fig. 6 View FIGURES 4 – 8 ).


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