Schizoptera (Odontorhagus) dolosa, Leon, Stephanie & Weirauch, Christiane, 2016

Leon, Stephanie & Weirauch, Christiane, 2016, Scratching the surface? Taxonomic revision of the subgenus Schizoptera (Odontorhagus) reveals vast undocumented biodiversity in the largest litter bug genus Schizoptera Fieber (Hemiptera: Dipsocoromorpha), Zootaxa 4184 (2), pp. 255-284 : 268-269

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Schizoptera (Odontorhagus) dolosa

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Schizoptera (Odontorhagus) dolosa View in CoL , n. sp.

( Figs 2 View FIGURE 2 , 5 View FIGURE 5 A – L and 7)

Diagnosis. Distinguished among species of Schizoptera (Odontorhagus) by the ovoid body shape, the large eyes, the short, tapering and serrated vesica, the two dorsal keels of the anophore, and the distinctly sclerotized tips of the pygophore.

Holotype: COSTA RICA: Heredia: Est. Biol. La Selva, 10.43333°N 84.01667°W, 0 1 Aug 1995, light trap, 1Ƌ (00086489) ( MNCR) (microscopic slide mount) GoogleMaps . PARATYPES: COSTA RICA: Heredia: Est. Biol. La Selva, 10.43333°N 84.01667°W, 0 1 Aug 1995, light trap, 3Ƌ (00086514, 0 0 0 86529, 00086542) ( LACM), 1Ƌ (00086490) ( UCR) GoogleMaps .

Description. Male: length: 1.41–1.43 mm; body ovoid; COLORATION: general coloration light brown; fuscous patch covering more than 1/2 of wing membrane; Sc+C distinctly lighter than remainder of hemelytra ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 ). SURFACE AND VESTITURE: as in subgeneric description. STRUCTURE: HEAD: flat in ventral view ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 ); eyes about 2/3 as wide as synthlipsis. THORAX: as in subgeneric description; hemelytron as in subgeneric description; M2 vein nearly distinctly curving anteriorly toward wing margin. ABDOMEN: as in subgeneric description; stVI without process on posterior margin; subgenital plate weakly asymmetrical; process of subgenital plate simple and tab-shaped ( Fig. 5I View FIGURE 5 A – L ); tVII trapezoidal; tVIII weakly rectangular and distinctly sclerotized; length of tVIII about 3/4 length of tVII. GENITALIA: py as in subgeneric description, with inner-lateral margins distinctly sclerotized; rp as in subgeneric description with a long, thick stem and fin-like tip; lp as in subgeneric description, with a bi-lobed dorsal process; rca narrow and thin; lca large, about 1/2 size of rca, with a rounded base and a triangular tip ( Fig. 5I View FIGURE 5 A – L ); vesica thick and tapering with distinct serrations at apex, not forming a coil; anophore forming an asymmetrical tube with a prominent dorsal fold and two dorsal keels ( Fig. 5I View FIGURE 5 A – L ).

Female: Unknown.

Distribution. Known only from type locality ( Fig. 7).

Etymology. Named after the Latin “dolosus” meaning cunning and deceitful because of the deceptively simple appearance of the subgenital plate, but the extremely intricate and bizarre morphology of the genitalia.


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