Mitrapsylla Crawford,

Burckhardt, Daniel & Queiroz, Dalva L., 2020, Neotropical jumping plant-lice (Hemiptera, Psylloidea) associated with plants of the tribe Detarieae (Leguminosae, Detarioideae), Zootaxa 4733 (1), pp. 1-73: 34-35

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Mitrapsylla Crawford


Mitrapsylla Crawford 

Mitrapsylla Crawford, 1914: 134  ; Brown & Hodkinson, 1988: 61. Type species: Mitrapsylla albalineata Crawford  , by original designation.

Description of adults by Brown & Hodkinson (1988).

Fifth instar immature ( Fig. 168View FIGURES 168–174). Body elongate, 1.3–1.9 times as long as wide, weakly sclerotised. Antenna 8 or 9-segmented, sometimes division between segments 8 and 9 incomplete; sparsely beset with setae which are not longer than diameter of flagellum; bearing a single subapical rhinarium on each of segments 3, 5, 7 and 8. Dorsal body surface sparsely covered in moderately long setae. Forewing pad about half to three quarters of antennal length, oval, lacking humeral lobes; margin with short and long normal and weakly or distinctly capitate setae; dorsum with normal ( Fig. 169View FIGURES 168–174) and/or indistinctly capitate setae ( Fig. 170View FIGURES 168–174). Margin of hindwing pad with moderately long, imperceptibly or distinctly capitate setae; lacking sectasetae. Legs long, with a few long, very weakly capitate setae on tibiae and many short and long setae; tarsal arolium long, twice as long as claws, subtrapezoidal, with unguitractor and pedicel ( Fig. 171View FIGURES 168–174). Abdomen suboval, broadly rounded terminally; caudal plate weakly sclerotised; abdominal margin with 4+4 truncate sectasetae which are grouped together, each on a small bump ( Figs 168, 172–174View FIGURES 168–174), positioned on either side of circumanal rings close to the outer ring. Anus in terminal position; outer circumanal ring relatively large, indented medially, more or less expanding laterally, mostly onto abdominal dorsum ( Figs 172–174View FIGURES 168–174), consisting, at least partially, of several rows of irregular, oval wax pores which are about twice as long as wide; extra pore fields absent.

Egg. About 0.2 mm long; oblong oval, about twice as long as wide; irregularly narrowing at apex which is subacute ( Fig. 26View FIGURES 22–26). Judging from the few eggs we have seen in the cleared abdomina of females, it appears that the eggs are soft-shelled and only weakly sclerotised.

Comments. Mitrapsylla  contains 15 valid described species, for five of which there are host records. Four species are reported from faboid legumes and one from a caesalpinoid legume. Here we describe nine new species from Brazil which are associated with Copaifera  (confirmed or likely). Mitrapsylla minuticonis Brown & Hodkinson  , a species described from Panama, is morphologically similar and probably closely related to M. copaiferae  sp. nov., suggesting that it develops also on Copaifera  . The immatures of only five species are known. Adults and immatures of Mitrapsylla  can be identified with keys provided below.

The description of immature ‘ Mitrapsylla deserata  Caldwell’ and hence the concept of Mitrapsylla  by White and Hodkinson (1985) probably concern Heteropsylla huasachae Caldwell and Martorell  (cf. Burckhardt & Brown 1992).












Mitrapsylla Crawford

Burckhardt, Daniel & Queiroz, Dalva L. 2020


Brown, R. G. & Hodkinson, I. D. 1988: 61
Crawford, D. L. 1914: 134