Wallabicoris commoni, Schuh & P. Pedraza, 2010

Schuh, R. T. & P. Pedraza, 2010, Wallabicoris, New Genus (Hemiptera: Miridae: Phylinae: Phylini) From Australia, With The Description Of 37 New Species And An Analysis Of Host Associations, Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 2010 (338), pp. 1-118: 26-27

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Wallabicoris commoni

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Wallabicoris commoni   , new species Figure 4; map 4; plate 1

DIAGNOSIS: Recognized by the pale, partially yellowish coloration of the body and

(AMNH_PBI 00168796).

appendages (pl. 1), the large size, with a mean total length of 5.60, and the structure of the male genitalia, the secondary strap of the endosoma complete and with a broad subbasal undulation the left paramere moderately long, without an elevated shoulder on the posterior process, open over most of the dorsal surface, and deep bodied, and the right paramere of nearly equal width over most of length (fig. 4). Host unknown. Potentially confused with Asteraceae-feeding W. heli- chrysi, W. olearii   , W. ozothamni   , and W. schwartzi   , but those species with weak transverse marking on posterior half of hemelytra as opposed to the longitudinal marking seen in W. commoni   . Also potentially confused with the similarly sized Lamiaceae-feeding W. dicrastyli   , but that species with heavy black bases on the femoral and tibial spines in contrast to the pale or weakly darkened based in W. commoni   . Significantly larger than the Thymalaeaceae-feeding W. pinocchii   and the Lamiaceae-feeding W. cassisi   , W. lachnostachy   os, W. newcastelii   , W. paradicrastyli   , and W. prostantheri   .

DESCRIPTION: Male: Body greatly elongate, parallel sided, total length 5.60, ratio l/w 5 3.51. COLORATION (pl. 1): Pronotum unicolorous, weakly yellow, endocorium with dirty or golden areas; markings on cuneus present as partial or complete but weak infuscation; membrane with extreme base unicolorous pale, remainder partially fumose, veins white; venter unicolorous pale or mostly so; antennal segment 1 unicolorous pale, with one or two black medial setae; antennal segment 2 unicolorous pale; labium pale with segment 4 heavily infuscate; hind femora with a few brown or black spots; hind tibial spines dark without dark spots at bases. SURFACE AND VESTITURE: Dorsum with reclining simple setae matching background coloration, and with some sericeous or woolly setae. STRUCTURE: Head: Moderately projecting, ratio wh/lh 5 3.11; antennal fossa with ventral margin 2 diameters above ventral margin of eye; interocular space large, ratio iod/wh 5 0.32; eyes occupying entire height of head in lateral view (hg0–1/he20); labium just reaching onto abdomen. GENITALIA (fig. 4): Endosoma: Base very long, with an open U-shaped bend; distal half of shaft more or less straight and erect; primary endosomal strap weakly elongate apically, ratio lae/lsg 2.00; apex of primary endosomal strap nearly straight; secondary endosomal strap very slender, of uniform width from endosomal bend to gonopore, reaching to level of secondary gonopore, with a broad submedial undulation; secondary gonopore seen laterally in lateral view of endosoma. Phallotheca: More or less right angulate, dorsal surface with a hump; dorsal surface without a conspicuous keel. Left Paramere: Body very elongate, greatly exceeding margin of pygophore; in dorsal perspective open over nearly entire length; body not distinctly tapering toward apex; anterior process arising slightly forward of posterior margin of shaft; anterior process angled posterodorsally; posterior process appearing tubular, fingerlike; posterior process with strongly projecting shoulder at base; base of posterior process at about level of paramere body or very weakly elevated. Right Paramere: Body moderately elongate, ratio lrp/wrp 3.22; body tapered from base to apex; posterior margin without distinct protuberance subapically; body more or less confluent with base; apex with a weakly elongate fingerlike process.

ETYMOLOGY: Named for Ian Common of the CSIRO, who collected all the known specimens.

HOSTS: Unknown.

DISTRIBUTION (map 4): Known from a single collecting event in central Queensland.

HOLOTYPE: AUSTRALIA: Queensland: 4 mi W of Paluma , 22.54999 ° S 144.82039 ° E, 914 m, 25 Apr 1969, I.F.B. Common & M.S. Upton, 13 (AMNH_PBI 00168796) ( ANIC). GoogleMaps  

PARATYPES: AUSTRALIA: Queensland: 4 mi W of Paluma, 22.54999 ° S 144.82039 ° E, 914 m, 25 Apr 1969, I.F.B. Common & M.S. Upton, 2♀ (00168797, 00168798) ( ANIC).


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