Amblyscarta souzalopesi, Mejdalani & Domahovski & Cavichioli, 2019

Mejdalani, Gabriel, Domahovski, Alexandre C. & Cavichioli, Rodney R., 2019, Three new Brazilian species of the sharpshooter genus Amblyscarta Stål, 1869 and redescription of A. unifasciata (Fabricius, 1803) comb. nov. (Insecta: Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Cicadellini), Zootaxa 4711 (2), pp. 379-392: 383-384

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Amblyscarta souzalopesi

sp. nov.

Amblyscarta souzalopesi   sp. nov.

( Figs 18–34 View FIGURES 18–26 View FIGURES 27–34 )

Total length (mm). Male 8.7–8.8 (holotype 8.7); female 9.1.

Color ( Figs 18–20 View FIGURES 18–26 ). Very similar to A. elianeae   sp. nov., but with usually thinner brown stripes, vermiculations, and spots.

Male terminalia. Pygofer ( Fig. 21 View FIGURES 18–26 ), in lateral view, moderately produced posteriorly; posterior margin slightly triangular; without processes; macrosetae distributed mostly on posterior third. Valve ( Fig. 22 View FIGURES 18–26 ), in ventral view, large; posterior margin broadly rounded. Subgenital plate ( Figs 21, 22 View FIGURES 18–26 ), in ventral view, triangular, narrowing gradually towards apex; fused basally to its counterpart; with uniseriate macrosetae along outer margin; in lateral view, extending almost as far posteriorly as pygofer apex. Style ( Fig. 23 View FIGURES 18–26 ), in dorsal view, extending much farther posteriorly than connective; without preapical lobe; apical portion slightly curved outwards, inner margin not dilated and without tiny apical tooth; apex truncate. Aedeagus ( Figs 24–26 View FIGURES 18–26 ) symmetrical; shaft, in lateral view, with ventral margin rectilinear for most of its length and dorsal margin almost entirely convex; apex with pair of triangular acute processes slightly directed anterad; gonopore located ventroapically.

Female terminalia. Sternite VII ( Figs 27, 28 View FIGURES 27–34 ), in ventral view, with strong triangular projection on posterior margin. “Internal” sternite VIII without distinct sclerites. Pygofer ( Figs 27, 28 View FIGURES 27–34 ), in lateral view, moderately produced posteriorly; posterior margin narrowly rounded; macrosetae distributed on posterior portion and extending anteriorly along ventral margin. Valvifer I ( Fig. 29 View FIGURES 27–34 ), in lateral view, subquadrangular. Valvula I ( Figs 29, 30 View FIGURES 27–34 ), in lateral view, with acute apex; dorsal sculptured area extending from basal portion to apex of blade, strigate; ventral sculptured area restricted to apical portion, strigate; ventral interlocking device distinct along basiventral half of blade; in ventral view, basal portion of valvula I expanded outwards. Valvula II ( Figs 31–33 View FIGURES 27–34 ), in lateral view, expanded beyond basal curvature; dorsal margin convex, bearing about 20 teeth; basal portion of most teeth projected dorsally, their posterior portion flat, apical teeth triangular; denticles distributed on teeth and on dorsal and ventral apical portions of blade (ventral denticulate apical portion longer than dorsal portion); preapical prominence distinct; apex obtuse; valvula with ducts extending towards teeth and apex. Gonoplac ( Fig. 34 View FIGURES 27–34 ) of the usual Cicadellinae type: in lateral view, with basal half narrow; apical half expanded, gradually narrowing towards apex; latter obtuse; tiny denticuli on apical portion and extending anteriorly along ventral margin.

Material examined. Male holotype: “ RIO DE JANEIRO \ JARD   . [Jardim] BOTÂNICO \ H.S. LOPES 2-935   [February, 1935]” ( MNRJ). Paratypes: 1♀, “ RIO DE JANEIRO \ GAVEA   [Gávea] 11-V- 937 [1937] \ H. SOUZA LOPES ” ( MNRJ); 1♂, “ Rio de Janeiro \ RJ [Rio de Janeiro] VII/1972 \ M. Alvarenga ” ( DZUP)   .

Etymology. The new species is named in honor of the eminent late Brazilian naturalist Hugo de Souza Lopes, who collected the holotype and one of the paratypes.

Remarks. See notes above on A. elianeae   sp. nov.


Museu Nacional/Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro


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