Docalidia timothyi, Nielson, 2011

Nielson, M. W., 2011, New species in the Neotropical genus Docalidia with a key to known species, notes on distribution, taxonomy and a synoptic catalogue of the genus (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Coelidiinae: Teruliini) 2952, Zootaxa 2952 (1), pp. 1-86 : 61-64

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Docalidia timothyi

sp. nov.

Docalidia timothyi View in CoL , sp. nov.

(Plate IVD, Figs. 235–242 View FIGURES 235–242 )

Length. Male 8.50 mm., female unknown.

External morphology. General color of dorsum unicolorous brown (forewings) to black; mesonotum and pronotum black with numerous, yellow spots on pronotum; crown tannish with black markings; eyes translucent (Plate IVD); face black.

Head broad, narrower than pronotum, anterior margin broadly rounded; crown broad, wider than eye, produced anteriorly about ¼ entire length, disk foveate on each side of middle; eyes large, semiglobular; pronotum about equal in length to crown, surface bullated; mesonotum nearly twice as long as pronotum; clypeus elongate, broad, lateral margins broadly convex with prominent, median longitudinal carina; clypellus about 1/3 as long as clypeus, narrow, with medial longitudinal ridge from base to near apex.

Male genitalia. Pygofer in lateral view rather broad, caudodorsal process elongate, segmented subapically, caudoventral process reduced to narrow concave lobe below base of caudodorsal process ( Fig. 235 View FIGURES 235–242 ); right subgenital plate long, very broad, tapered apically, glabrous ( Fig. 236 View FIGURES 235–242 ); right style long, nearly as long as aedeagus, robust, with near medial, bifurcate spine, long subapical spine, long setaceous processes apically ( Figs. 237, 238 View FIGURES 235–242 ); aedeagus long, tubular, sinuate in lateral view with elongate flange medially, long ventral process submedially ( Figs. 239, 240 View FIGURES 235–242 ); connective T-shaped, arms narrow, curved at apex, paired ridges extending beyond anterior margin of arms, stem short, robust ( Fig. 241 View FIGURES 235–242 ); dorsal connective short, broad, strapped shape ( Fig. 242 View FIGURES 235–242 ).

Material examined. Holotype male. COLOMBIA: Vaupés, R.N., Mosiro-Itajura (Caparú), Centro Ambiental , 1º4’S. 69º31’W., 60 m., Malaise, 1/20/03-2/11/03, M. Sharkey & D. Arias, leg., M. 23386 (HB). GoogleMaps

Etymology. The species is named for my grandson, Timothy Checketts.

Remarks. This species is similar to D. adami ( Nielson, 1990:238) in stylar and aedeagal configurations and can be distinguished by the long, single, lateral, medial aedeagal flange and by the style with a long bifurcate, near medial spine, a single long subapical spine and the longer apical setae.


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