Antecerococcus parahybensis (Hempel)

Chris J. Hodgson & Douglas J. Williams, 2016, (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha, Coccomorpha) with particular reference to species from the Afrotropical, western Palaearctic and western Oriental Regions, with the revival of Antecerococcus Green and description of a new genus and fifteen new species, and with ten new synonomies, Zootaxa 4091 (1), pp. 1-175: 135-136

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Antecerococcus parahybensis (Hempel)

comb. nov.

Antecerococcus parahybensis (Hempel)   , comb. nov.

Cerococcus parahybensis Hempel 1927: 389   .

Cerococcus parahubensis   ; Balachowsky 1932: 34. Misspelling of species name. Cerococcus parahydensis   ; Lindinger 1958: 366. Misspelling of species name.

Type details. BRAZIL, Paraiba, Parahyba do Norte, on Coffea   sp., E. Ranngel. Depository: USNM: syntypes, from A. Hempel, red’d 5 May 1938, 3/ 3 adff (labelled topotypes but very possibly part of type material).

[Note: it is very unlikely that this is the only depository. Almost certainly there are type specimens located in Brazilian collections.]

Material examined: BRAZIL, Parahyba do Norte, on coffee ( Coffea   sp., Rubiaceae   ), no date, Hempel (USNM, letter 5.v. 1938): 1 / 1 adf (fg—labelled topotype in pencil; Lambdin & Kosztarab (1977) considered that this slide was probably part of type series). Also: Parahyba, João Pessoa, on cultivated coffee, 2.v. 1932, R.V. Ihering (USNM, letter 4.iii. 1940): 1 / 1 adf (fg).

Comment. Lambdin and Kosztarab (1977) provide a good description. Additional details are: (i) the line of pores they illustrate between each antenna and each posterior spiracle are not quinquelocular disc-pores but small convex closed pores, similar to those found on several Afrotropical species and, on the material examined, they extend further posteriorly to each metacoxa and (ii) one or two setae are present associated with the apex of each stigmatic pore band. On the above specimens, these setae are stronger than those elsewhere and more spinose, usually with one on each side of the anterior apical group, 1 anterior to the more anterior posterior apical group and one posterior to the more posterior apical group; this arrangement suggests that the posterior stigmatic band, now bifurcated, was probably undivided originally, i.e., also with setae on each side of the apex. Also (iii) there are a few ventral 8 -shaped pores near the mouthparts. The following combination of character-states diagnose the adult female of A. parahybensis   : (i) three sizes of 8 -shaped pores on dorsum; (ii) large 8 -shaped pores in whorls throughout dorsum anterior to cribriform plates; (iii) large 8 -shaped pores in a band of at least 14 along each margin of posterior abdominal segments; (iv) smallest 8 -shaped pores present within apex of each stigmatic band; (v) cribriform plates in submedial clusters of 3–5 on each side of abdominal segment IV; (vi) quite strong setae present associated with apex of each stigmatic pore band; (vii) leg stubs present; (viii) posterior stigmatic pore band bifurcated; (ix) multilocular disc-pores in bands about one pore wide across most abdominal segments and also laterad to metathoracic leg stubs, and (x) small convex closed pores present in a sparse band between each antenna and metathoracic leg stub.

The adult female of A. parahybensis   falls within Group D in the key to species of Antecerococcus   , and keys out close to A. corokiae   from New Zealand.