Isoperla pinta Frison, 1937

Sandberg, John B. & Kondratieff, Boris C., 2013, The Isoperla Of California (Plecoptera: Perlodidae); Updated Male Descriptions And Adult Keys For 18 Western Nearctic Species, Illiesia 9 (5), pp. 34-64 : 51-53

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Isoperla pinta Frison


Isoperla pinta Frison

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Isoperla pinta Frison 1937 .

Holotype ♂, Oregon, Curry County, Floras Creek .

Male. Aedeagus: sclerotized posterior process absent; body with one posterobasal lobe, one small posteroapical lobe, and a pair of anterolateral lobes ( Fig. 11a View Figs ); Mesoposterior area of ninth tergum with bipartite patches of long fine light spinulae mixed with patches of long clear setae (best viewed from lateral angle). Posterolateral margins of at least abdominal segment 8 with scale-like setae clustered in brushes of several setae. Paraprocts: curved dorsally, length if straightened subequal to combined first and second cercal segments, tapering abruptly to blunt apices ( Fig. 11c View Figs ) apices usually secondarily barbed along ventral margin. Vesicle: rounded lobe, widest at base with broadly rounded apical margin ( Fig. 11d View Figs ).

Isoperla pinta is very similar to I. phalerata Needham 1917 , a species not known to occur in California. However, interestingly, Jewett (1954) designated the male allotype of I. phalerata from Union County, in northeastern Oregon, whereas the holotype locality of I. pinta is Curry County, in southwestern Oregon, bordering northern California ( Frison 1937). Isoperla phalerata is presumably rarely collected and adults and larvae may be readily confused with I. pinta . At present, the most useful characters for separating adults of the two species include the pigment pattern of the head and pronotum (lighter I. phalerata vs. darker I. pinta ) described in Szczytko & Stewart (1979, figs. 56 & 75); and variable cross veins between radial sector and M vein of forewings (one for I. pinta vs. more than one for I. phalerata ) described in Smith (1917, fig. 65), Szczytko & Stewart (1979, fig. 60), and Béthoux (2005, fig. 12). Both species lack a sclerotized aedeagal process, distinct aedeagal spinule patches, and possess wide and short lobe-like vesicles. Dissimilar to the I. pinta continuous tergal spinule band pattern described previously ( Szczytko & Stewart 1979, fig. 78); males observed in this study possess bipartite patches of fine light spinulae mixed with long clear setae. This generally matches the patch shape previously described for I. phalerata ( Szczytko & Stewart 1979, fig. 59). Additionally, the ventral barb of the paraproct was vestigial in many specimens. When vestigial, its ventral margin curved interiorly, was in line with adjacent connective membrane instead of protruding ventrally, and was discernible only by darker pigment than the surrounding ventral paraproct.

Additional Material Examined. CALIFORNIA, Marin Co., Lagunitas Creek, 0.17 mi (0.3 km) N Jewell on Sir Francis Drake Blvd, N 38.03917°, W122.74611°, 04/II/2013, L. Serpa, 1 Larva, ( JBSC) . OREGON, Klamath Co., Sprague River , Hwy 140 unnamed access 4.74 mi (7.6 km) E Beatty, 42.44096°N, 121.18719°W, 19/ V /2013, J.B. Sandberg, B.C. Kondratieff, 10♂, 10♀ ( JBSC) GoogleMaps .


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Isoperla pinta Frison

Sandberg, John B. & Kondratieff, Boris C. 2013

Isoperla pinta

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