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Cheng-Quan Cao, Jian-Ping Shi, Zhan Yin
A new species of the genus Xya Latreille, 1809 from Sichuan, China is described in this paper. The new species Xya sichuanensis sp. nov. is similar to Xya japonica (Haan, 1844), but differs from latter by head with yellow stripe on both sides, vertex with two yellow stripes on the inner margin of eyes, pronotum with yellow stripe on both sides, tegmina with two small yellow spots, fore and mid legs black, with yellow spots and hind wing yellow. Type specimens are deposited in the College of Life Science, Leshan Normal University, Leshan 614004, China...
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
Davi Lee Bang, Ariovaldo Antonio Giaretta
A recent nomenclatural change based on molecular data (Duellman et al. 2016) resurrected genus Ololygon to accommodate all taxa in the former Scinax catharinae clade (Faivovich 2002; Faivovich et al. 2005). Most Ololygon species inhabit Coastal Atlantic rainforests in northeastern and southeastern Brazil (Duellman et al. 2016), but some species occur in the Cerrado Domain (Cardoso Haddad 1982; Pombal et al. 2010; Lourenço et al. 2013). Ololygon pombali (Lourenço, Carvalho, Baêta, Pezzuti Leite, 2013) is a small species only known from the southern portion of Parque Nacional da Serra da Canastra, in the municipality of Capitólio, state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil...
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
Robert Mesibov, Thomas Wesener, John Hollier
Polydesmus (Pterodesmus) voeltzkowi nom. nov. is proposed as a replacement name for Polydesmus (Pterodesmus) sakalava de Saussure Zehntner, 1901, now Dalodesmus sakalava (de Saussure Zehntner, 1901), a junior primary homonym of Polydesmus sakalava de Saussure Zehntner, 1897.
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
Yu-Long Zhang, Yong-Chao Zhi, Dao-Chuan Zhang
A new species (i.e. Bryodemella (s. str.) rufifemura sp. nov. from China is described in this paper. It is similar to Bryodemella (s. str.) diamesum (Bei-Bienko, 1930), but differs from the latter by red inner side of hind femur, median keel of pronotum indistinct in metazoan, and vertical diameter of eye shorter than subocular groove in female.  The type specimens are deposited in the Museum of Hebei University (MHU), China.
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
Cheng-Quan Cao, Xin-Jiang Li, Zhan Yin
The new species i.e. Filchnerella wuhaiensis sp. nov is described from Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China. The new species is similar to Filchnerella helanshanensis Zheng, 1992, but differs from the latter by 21-segmented antennae, prozona of pronotum higher than metazona, length of tegmina 2.0 times maximum width, width of interspace of mesosternum 1.2 times length and lower margin of hind femur not red in male. A key to all species of the genus Filchnerella Karny, 1908 is given in this paper. Two genera Pseudotmethis Bey-Bienko, 1948 and Paratmethis Zheng He, 1996 are valid genus and not a synonym of Filchnerella Karny, 1908...
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
Ke-Long Jiao, Hao Wang, De-Wei Wei, Jian-You Mo, Yuan-Hong Wang, Wen-Jun Bu, Peter Kolesik
Larvae of a previously unknown species of gall midge were found feeding on young fruit of mango, Mangifera indica (Anacardiaceae), in Guangxi Autonomous Region in southern China, causing severe damage to the crop. The new species is named Procontarinia fructiculi Jiao, Wang, Bu Kolesik, its morphology is described, the basic biology is given, and the Cytochrome Oxidase subunit I (COI) mitochondrial gene segment is sequenced and compared to other congeners. Procontarinia contains now 16 described species, each feeding on mango...
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
Rory A Dow, Chee Yen Choong, Yong Foo Ng
Coeliccia erici Laidlaw, 1917 is re-described and illustrated for both sexes; its taxonomic history and the confusion surrounding it is discussed. Coeliccia kimurai Asahina, 1990 is shown to be a junior synonym of C. erici. Coelicca sameerae sp. nov. (holotype ♂, small stream near Sungai Lasir, Tasik Kenyir, Terengganu, Malaysia, deposited in the Natural History Museum, London) is described from both sexes from Peninsular Malaysia; this species had been confused with C. erici until now. A remark on the status of Coeliccia simillima Laidlaw, 1917 is made...
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
Gustavo Silva De Miranda, Alireza Zamani
The whip spider genus Phrynichus (Phrynichidae, Amblypygi) is widely distributed in Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and Asia with a total of 17 species. No records, however, are known from several countries in the Middle East. Here we provide the first record of a whip spider from Iran (Ilam Province), with the description and illustration of a new species, Phrynichus persicus sp. n. This discovery fills a gap in the distribution of the group that is known from both sides of this biogeographically interesting region and is also the northernmost record of the family Phrynichidae...
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
Jian-Huan Yang, Jian Wang, Ying-Yong Wang
We describe a new horned toad species of the genus Megophrys from Yingjiang County of Yunnan Province, China. The new species, Megophrys feii sp. nov., can be distinguished from its congeners by a combination of the following characters: (1) body slender and small (SVL 24.3-25.1 mm in four males, 28.2-28.9 mm in two females); (2) head length about equal to head width (HDL/HDW 0.97-0.99); (3) tympanum circular and distinct; (4) maxillary teeth present; (5) vomerine ridges and vomerine teeth absent; (6) tongue round, slightly notched posteriorly; (7) tibia long (TIB/SVL 0...
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
Adrian Ardila-Camacho, Arley Calle-tobÓn, Marta Wolff, Lionel A Stange
The Neotropical fauna of Mantispidae is currently composed of 106 species. We provide new distributional records of Mantispidae from Colombia and Panama. Three new species are described, one in Symphrasinae from Colombia, and two in Mantispinae from Colombia and Panama. Haematomantispa nubeculosa (Navás, 1933) and Leptomantispa axillaris (Navás, 1908) are reported from Colombia for the first time, the former being the first record of the genus in the country. New locality records for other species previously known from Colombia are also given...
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
Michael P Hammer, Gerald R Allen, Keith C Martin, Mark Adams, Brendan C Ebner, Tarmo A Raadik, Peter J Unmack
The freshwater melanotaeniid genus Cairnsichthys is endemic to a relatively small area of specialised habitat within the Wet Tropics bioregion of north-eastern Queensland, Australia. It was previously considered as monotypic, including only a single species, C. rhombosomoides (Nichols Raven, 1928). The recent discovery of an apparently-isolated population in the Daintree rainforest, approximately 120 km north of the known range extent, prompted a detailed investigation of its taxonomic status using a combined lines of evidence approach...
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
Ehsan Konani, Yousef Panahandeh, Ebrahim Pourjam, Sergio Álvarez-Ortega, Majid Pedram
Two rare species of the family Tylenchidae are described and illustrated based on morphological and morphometric characters. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) studies provided details of anterior end structures, helpful in generic identification of the studied populations. Discotylenchus biannulatus n. sp. is characterized by its dorso-ventrally flattened smooth cephalic region having two proximal annuli and a rectangular perioral disc, short longitudinal amphidial slits, lateral field with four incisures, stylet 9-10 μm long, with the conus shorter than half the total stylet length and with posteriorly directed knobs, well-developed median bulb, mono-prodelphic reproductive system with rounded empty spermatheca and short postvulval uterine sac (PUS), and filiform tail with pointed end...
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
Donald R Givens
The Nearctic species of Ecclisomyia are reviewed with new descriptions of the pupae of the four recognized species. The larvae of E. bilera Denning 1951, E. maculosa Banks 1907, and E. simulata Banks 1920 are described. A supplementary description is provided for the larva of E. conspersa Banks 1907. Genetic and morphological information is provided to support the recent restoration of E. simulata as a valid species. Keys to the males, females, pupae, and larvae are provided. Biological and distributional data are also included...
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
Ankita Gupta, H M Yeshwanth, P M Sureshan
The genus Klabonosa Bouček (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) is recorded for the first time from the Oriental region, with both sexes of K. indica Gupta, Sureshan Yeshwanth sp. n. reared from eggs of the assassin bug Endochus sp. (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) on Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam. (Moraceae). The male is formally described and illustrated for the first time for the genus.
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
Juan F Campodonico
Selamorpha variegata gen. et sp. nov. is described from Coquimbo Region, Chile. It is characterized by the body dorsally saddle-shaped, brachypterous, tegmina with moderate reticulation, metope elongate, and terga caudally elevated. The new taxon is the second genus of Elicini in Chile and the third of South America. It was found associated with Calceolaria polifolia Hook. (Calceolariaceae).
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
JosÉ M Landeria, Hiroaki Tamura
The morphology of the first zoea stage of Chaceon affinis is described and illustrated in detail for the first time. Morphological comparison with the corresponding stage of other known species of Geryonidae allowed the differentiation between the genera Chaceon and Geryon, although it was impossible to distinguish among species of Chaceon using larval morphology. Thus, geryonid larvae collected in the plankton of Gran Canaria Island, NE Atlantic, during the years 2005 and 2006, could only be identified as Chaceon spp...
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
Edilson Caron, Sidnei Bortoluzzi, Cassiano S Rosa
In recent surveys carried out in Brazil, we detected two new species of Termitomorpha Wasmann, a genus of Termitogastrina (Aleocharinae, Corotocini). This genus is easily recognizable in the subtribe by the evenly convex and smooth pronotum. The new species are: Termitomorpha sinuosa Caron, Bortoluzzi Rosa sp. nov., and Termitomorpha alata Caron Bortoluzzi, sp. nov. Both species are here described and illustrated, including scanning electron photographs. Their host termites were identified as species of Nasutitermes...
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
Karen E Underkoffler, Meagan A Luers, John R Hyde, Matthew T Craig
The genus Lampris (Lampridae) currently comprises two species, Lampris guttatus (Brünnich 1788) and L. immaculatus (Gilchrist 1905) commonly known as Opah and Southern Opah, respectively. Hyde et al. (2014) presented DNA sequence data which revealed the presence of five distinct, monophyletic lineages within L. guttatus. In this paper, we present morphological and meristic data supporting the presence of five species previously subsumed within L. guttatus (Brünnich 1788). We restrict Lampris guttatus (Brünnich 1788), resurrect L...
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
Mao-Ling Sheng, Shu-Ping Sun, Xi-Nan Wang, Hai-Wei Wu
A new genus, Verruca Sheng Sun gen. nov., of the ichneumonid tribe Atrophini, subfamily Banchinae is described for one new species, Verruca dentia Sheng Sun, sp. nov. The species was collected from Shandong and Jiangxi Provinces, situated near the northern border of the Oriental part of China. The new genus is placed within the existing key to genera. A key to the genera of Atrophini, with the apical portion of the ovipositor with ridges, is also provided.
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
Fahmi Fahmi, David A Ebert
Parmaturus nigripalatum, a new species of catshark of the genus Parmaturus is described from a single specimen collected from a deep-water shark longliner operating in south Sumbawa waters, Indonesia. This new species is distinguished from its closest geographic congener P. lanatus by having prominent enlarged caudal crests, well-developed labial furrows with the uppers and lowers of equal lengths, mouth roof blackish with dark pores, first dorsal fin origin more posteriorly positioned on body trunk, and much lower tooth counts than all other known Parmaturus species...
April 23, 2018: Zootaxa
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