Nyctiophylax (Paranyctiophylax) mintin, Oláh & Johanson, 2010

Oláh, János & Johanson, Kjell Arne, 2010, Generic review of Polycentropodidae with description of 32 new species and 19 new species records from the Oriental, Australian and Afrotropical Biogeographical Regions 2435, Zootaxa 2435 (1), pp. 1-63: 50-51

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Nyctiophylax (Paranyctiophylax) mintin

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Nyctiophylax (Paranyctiophylax) mintin   , new species

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Diagnosis: The genitalia of this species is similar to those of N. nahum Malicky & Chantaramongkol   from Thailand. Nyctiophylax (Paranyctiophylax) mintin   , new species is separated from N. (P.) nahum   in possessing a pentagonal sternite IX, while in Nt. nahum   it is triangular. Furthermore, N. (P.) mintin   has clavate cerci, not pointed as in N. (P.) nahum   ; and the ventral pair of paraproctal process has straight apices in N. (P.) mintin   , while in N. (P.) nahum   these processes are geniculate and not turning laterad.

Description: Male. Body uniformly pale brown. Maxillary palp formula (I,II)-IV-III-V. Forewing length 4.0 mm; each with hyaline spots, including short, vertical translucent lunula along crossvein r -m, and large patch around 1st point of bifurcation of M and crossvein m -cu, this latter patch being particularly large in paratypes. Forewing A1, A2, and A3 looping.

Male genitalia. Sternite IX robust, pentagonal ( Fig. 90 View FIGURES 90–93 ); tergum IX membranous. Segment X membranous, triangular in lateral and dorsal views, visible only on uncleared paratype. Cerci setose, elongate, clavate in lateral view ( Fig. 90 View FIGURES 90–93 ), slightly shorter than dorsal paraproctal processes. Paraproctal complex welldeveloped, well sclerotized, smooth; each composed of rounded paraproctal base, slender and longer dorsal paraproctal process, and slightly shorter ventral paraproctal process ( Figs. 90, 91 View FIGURES 90–93 ); bases of opposing ventral processes ventrally produced into rounded plate embracing ventral part of phallic apparatus, forming incomplete, sclerous, subphallic bridge. Gonopods ( Figs. 90, 92 View FIGURES 90–93 ) slender, bilobed; each with dorsal branch longer than ventral branch; branches narrowing apically. Phallic apparatus ( Fig. 93 View FIGURES 90–93 ) located dorsally in genitalia, guided by paraproctal processes; phallic apparatus comprising elongate, arch-like, sclerotized phallobase and continuing into membranous endotheca or endophallus; without additional spines or sclerites.

Holotype male: VIETNAM: Moc Chau , 27.x.1986, light [J. Oláh]—( OPC).  

Paratypes: Same data as holotype— 1 male ( OPC)   ; LAOS: Luang Namtha Prov.: Nam Ha NBCA, Lakkhammai Village, Nam Leung stream, 749 m, UTM: 47Q 0744602, 2339873, 30.iv.2005, light trap, loc 29 [N. Jönssson, T. Malm & B. Viklund]— 1 male ( NHRS)   , 1 male ( OPC)   ; Nam Ha NBCA, Nam Gnang stream, 300 m upstr. Namgnen Village , 558 m, UTM 47Q 0746256, 2321311, 29.iv.–1.v.2005, Malaise trap, loc 24 [N. Jönssson, T. Malm & B. Viklund]— 1 male ( NHRS)   .

Distribution: Vietnam, Laos.

Etymology: Mintin, star in Vietnamese, named after the billions of bright stars in the sky during the night when the holotype was collected.


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