Leucotrichia procera Thomson & Holzenthal

Thomson, Robin E. & Holzenthal, Ralph W., 2015, A revision of the Neotropical caddisfly genus Leucotrichia Mosely, 1934 (Hydroptilidae, Leucotrichiinae), ZooKeys 499, pp. 1-100: 34

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Leucotrichia procera Thomson & Holzenthal

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Taxon classification Animalia Trichoptera Hydroptilidae

Leucotrichia procera Thomson & Holzenthal   sp. n. Figs 4C, 35


This species is known only from the male holotype. Leucotrichia procera   can be separated from all other species in the genus by the unique projection on the dorsal margin of the inferior appendage, which extends to be almost parallel with the dorsal surface of tergum × (Fig. 35A). The phallus is also very simple, lacking any of the spines or sclerites commonly found in other species in the genus. Additionally, the scape of the antennae is enlarged and there is a patch of scales in place of setae on the dorsum of the head (Fig. 4C).


Male. Length of forewing 3.4 mm (n=1). Head with patches of scales dorsally, with 3 ocelli; antennae with enlarged scape, remaining flagellum missing. Dorsum of head brown with light yellow and dark brown setae; thorax dark brown with light yellow setae dorsally, dark brown ventrally; leg segments with dark brown setae. Forewings covered with fine dark brown setae with scattered patches of light yellow setae. Genitalia. Abdominal sternum VII with acute mesoventral process with small basal ridge, apex enlarged, rugose in ventral view. Sternum VIII in ventral view with posterior margin shallowly V-shaped. Segment IX anterolateral margin convex, posterolateral margin convex; in dorsal view anterior margin concave, posterior margin broadly concave. Tergum × with dorsal sclerite continuous with ventral sclerite; ventral sclerite sinuate; membranous apex not well developed. Subgenital plate with dorsal arm not apparent; ventral arm with both basal projection and apex pointing ventrad, in ventral view with apical spine very prominent. Inferior appendage with setose dorsal margin and prominent, elongate, curved dorsal projection; in ventral view with basal projection on outer margin, apex of dorsal projection curving inward. Phallus apex bearing pair of small subapicodorsal lobes, no sclerites or spines.

Holotype male: BRAZIL: Minas Gerais: Córrego da Serra de Ouro, Fino, Vale do Tropeiro, 20°12.371'S, 43°38.581'W, el. 1000 m, 8.x.2000, Paprocki, Salgado, and Isaac (UMSP000047406) (MZUSP).


Procerus, Latin for "tall, slender, long", referring to the slender, elongate projection of the inferior appendage.