Soractellus lalianensis, Naveed & Zhang, 2018

Naveed, Hassan & Zhang, Yalin, 2018, Revision of the leafhopper genus Soractellus Evans (Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae) with description of a new species from Pakistan, Zootaxa 4429 (3), pp. 595-599 : 596

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Soractellus lalianensis

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Soractellus lalianensis sp. nov. ( Figs. 1A–I View FIGURE 1 , 2A–C View FIGURE 2 )

Measurement. Length. Male: 1.5–1.9mm; female: 1.9–2.5mm.

Colouration and Morphology. Colour yellowish brown to ochraceous ( Fig. 1A View FIGURE 1 ). Vertex and pronotum with brownish hue. Scutellum with lateral margins yellowish white reaching slightly beyond scutellar suture. Head slightly wider and longer than pronotum. Vertex slightly shorter than breadth between eyes ( Fig. 1A View FIGURE 1 ). Forewing brachypterous, about1.7x as long as broad ( Fig. 1A, C, E View FIGURE 1 ). Legs dark brown ( Fig. 1C View FIGURE 1 ).

Genitalia. Pygofer considerably longer than wide, with numerous stout setae ( Fig. 2A View FIGURE 2 ). Valve triangular ( Fig. 2B View FIGURE 2 ). Connective loop-shaped, without stem ( Fig. 2B View FIGURE 2 ). Style elongate, with preapical lobe moderately developed, apophysis long and thumb-like ( Fig. 2B View FIGURE 2 ). Aedeagal shaft elongate, forked at apex, with branches more than one third length of aedeagus, gradually attenuating in lateral view, gonopore at base ( Fig. 2B, C View FIGURE 2 ).

Female seventh sternum tumid medially on posterior margin ( Fig. 1D View FIGURE 1 ).

Type material: Holotype: ♂, PAKISTAN, Lalian City , 21 May 2016, Coll. Hassan Naveed . Paratypes: 7♂, 5♀ same data as holotype ; 12♂, 9♀, Mianwali City , 18 July 2017, Coll. Hassan Naveed .

Remarks. This species is similar to Soractellus jianfengensis but can be distinguished from the latter by the following characteristics: forewings brachypterous, aedeagal shaft with apical branches nearly 1/4 of total length, style apophysis straight and stout, and female seventh sternum tumid medially on posterior margin.

Etymology. The species epithet is derived from the type locality: Lalian, Pakistan.