Paurocephala curvata, Mifsud & Burckhardt, 2002

Mifsud, D. & Burckhardt, D., 2002, Taxonomy and phylogeny of the Old World jumping plant-louse genus Paurocephala (Insecta, Hemiptera, Psylloidea), Journal of Natural History 36 (16), pp. 1887-1986: 1952-1953

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Paurocephala curvata

sp. n.

Paurocephala curvata   sp. n.

(Žgures 13C, 14C, H, 15C, I, M, 16C, 38)

Description. Species of the wilderi   type.

Adult: head and clypeus brown; vertex covered by short setae. Antenna yellow, apical half of segments 6 and 8 and entire segments 8–10 brown; segment 9 without a long basal seta. Thorax entirely brown and covered by short setae dorsally. Metascutellar horn small, blunt apically. Forewing transparent; veins yellow to brown; pterostigma white, often with a central transparent area. Forewing with inconspicuous setae on veins (vein Rs with 17–19 setae); Rs vein marginally curved throughout. Surface spinules conŽned to cell cu1 and apex of m1 and m2 of forewing; radular spinules present in m2, reduced in cu1. Legs white, tarsal segments yellow to brown. Meracanthus long, straight laterally, rounded apically. Abdomen including genitalia, brown. Male paramere widest in the middle, tapering in apical third and curved anteriorly, few short setae posteriorly visible from lateral view; inner surface without stout setae. Measurements and ratios as in table 2A–C.

Fifth instar larva: colour unknown. Antenna 3-segmented, agellum indistinctly subdivided; segments 1 without a sectaseta, segment 2 with one sectaseta, agellum with Žve sectasetae grouped in 2, 2 and 1. Dorsal sclerites covered by sectasetae and simple setae as large as marginal ones. Forewing pad with 7–10 sectasetae and six to eight simple setae marginally; humeral lobe lacking. Caudal plate rounded marginally; sectasetae present dorsally and marginally including long simple setae. Arolium fan-shaped, indistinctly expanded basally. Anus ventral, outer circumanal ring with a single row of pores, laterally multiporous. Measurements and ratios as in table 3.

Host plants. Unknown.

Distribution. Papua New Guinea and Indonesia (Sulawesi).

Material examined. HOLOTYPE, Papua New Guinea: Morobe, Buso , 14 November 1979 (J. H. Martin) ( BMNH). Dry mounted.  

PARATYPES. Papua New Guinea: 7, 5 and 22 larvae, same data as holotype   . Indonesia: 2, 1, Sulawesi, Sulawesi Utara, Dumoga-Bone N. P., March 1985 ( R. Ent. Soc. Lond., Project Wallace); 1, same data but 230 m, 2 December 1985 ( BMNH, NHMB). Dry and slide mounted   .

Comments. P. curvata   sp. n. is distinguished from the other species of the wilderi   type by the apically anteriorly curved paramere without stout setae on inner surface.


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