Paurocephala sinuata, 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: 1974-1975

publication ID 10.1080/00222930110048909


persistent identifier

treatment provided by


scientific name

Paurocephala sinuata

sp. n.

Paurocephala sinuata   sp. n.

(Žgures 6B, G, 7B, E, H, K, 8K)

Description. Species of the gossypii   type.

Adult: head and clypeus brown; vertex covered by inconspicuous setae. Antenna yellow, apical half of segments 4 and 6 and entire segments 8–10 brown; segment 9 without a long basal seta. Thorax brown and covered by inconspicuous setae dorsally, yellow to light brown laterally and ventrally. Metascutellar horn small, blunt apically. Forewing transparent to light yellow; veins yellow to light brown; pterostigma yellow. Forewing with inconspicuous setae on veins (vein Rs with 18–22 setae); Rs vein strongly curved in distal third. Surface spinules present in all cells of forewing except in c1 sc; radular spinules lacking. Legs including tarsal segments, yellow. Meracanthus short, almost straight laterally, rounded apically. Abdomen, including genitalia, yellow to light brown. Male paramere short, widest in basal third, rounded apically, few short setae posteriorly visible from lateral view; inner surface with Žve or six peg-like setae situated between basal Žfth and distal third. Measurements and ratios as in table 2A–C.

Fifth instar larva: unknown.

Host plants. A series of adults were collected on Cnestis ferruginea Vahl ex DC.   ( Connaraceae   ).

Distribution. Ghana and Nigeria.

Material examined. HOLOTYPE, Ghana: Volta Region, Kpeve , March 1943, Cnestis ferruginea (H. E. Box) (BMNH)   . Dry mounted.  

PARATYPES. Ghana: 2, 2, same data as holotype. Nigeria: 1, Ife , 30 June 1970 (J. T. Medler)   ; 1, same data but 10 July 1969   ; 1, same data but 29 December 1970   ; 3, same data but 30 June 1970   ; 1, same data but 10 February 1973   ; 3, same data but Umuahia , 10 April 1975   ; 2, same data but 8 and 11 April 1973 ( BMNH, NHMB)   . Dry and slide mounted.

Comments. P. sinuata   sp. n. is close to P. hollisi   sp. n. but diVers in the larger body dimensions and the number of peg-like setae on the inner face of the paramere.


Tavera, Department of Geology and Geophysics


Natural History Museum Bucharest