Margattea mckittrickae, Wang, Zong-Qing, Che, Yan-Li & Wang, Jin-Jun, 2009

Wang, Zong-Qing, Che, Yan-Li & Wang, Jin-Jun, 2009, Taxonomy of Margattea Shelford, 1911 from China (Dictyoptera: Blattaria: Blattellidae), Zootaxa 1974, pp. 51-63: 62

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Margattea mckittrickae

sp. nov.

Margattea mckittrickae   , sp. nov.

( Figs. 37–44 View FIGURES 37 – 44 )

Description. Pronotum length width, 4.3 3.5mm; tegmen length, 12–13mm; overall length, 16.5mm.

Yellowish brown. Head without or with three reddish brown bands on vertex and face. Pronotal disk with reddish brown spots and longitudinal stripes.

Interocular space weakly less than the distance between the antennal sockets. Maxillary palps with segments 3 and 4 about equal, each distinctly longer than the fifth segment. Tegmina and wings fully developed extending well beyond the end of abdomen. Wings with subcosta and costal vein thickened on distal halves, 7–10 branched; median vein simple; cubitus vein with 3 complete branches, the third branch bifurcated, apical triangle small. The front femur Type B 3, tarsal claws symmetrical with subobsolete denticles on the ventral margins. The eighth segment of abdomen specialized with a group of setae near posteromedian margin.

Supra-anal plate symmetrical, hind margin triangular. Subgenital plate weakly asymmetrical, interstylar plate slightly produced, hind margin straight, two styli similar, widely apart. Left phallomere with 2 longer, spine-like processes, curved to underside; median phallomere stout, distal portion with a lot of spines, associated median sclerites present, the small one covered with a lot of spines; right phallomere with its apical of hook-like portion acute, spine-like.

Holotype: male, China: Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region: Jinxiu County: Luoxiang, 450m, 2000, Coll. Yao Jian.

Paratype: 1 male, Yunnan province: Hekou, 7.iv. 1982, Coll. Jin Gen-Tao.

Comments: The species is similar to M. punctalata   and M. nimbata   , but can be distinguished by the larger size, tegmina and wings fully developed.

Etymology: This species is named after the famous cockroach specialist Frances A. McKittrick in honor of her great contribution to taxonomy.

Distribution: China: Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Yunnan province.