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New genus and species of Leptopsaltriini (Hemiptera: Cicadidae: Cicadinae) from China and Vietnam

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The taxonomists from Northwest A&F University, China, Vietnam National Museum of Nature, Vietnam, The Kyushu University Museum, Japan are described one new genus (Versicolora) and two new species (Versicolora ziyongi and Versicolora bellula) of the cicada tribe Leptopsaltriini, subfamily Cicadinae, family Cicadidae, suborder Auchenorrhyncha, order Hemiptera. This new genus appears closely allied to Tanna Distant of Leptopsaltriini, but differs in having a bifurcated (apex of) uncus and a short but distinct dorsal beak of pygofer.

Genus Versicolora due to having the following characters: male timbal cover developed; male abdominal sternite III (but not sternite IV) with pair of tubercle-like projections on lateral surface; uncus with base broadly developed lateroventrad and apex bifurcated and curved ventrally; aedeagus very thick; basal lobe of pygofer absent; and dorsal beak of pygofer present.

Versicolora ziyongi
This new species can be distinguished in that the aedeagus is not concave near apex but with an apical spine on the mid-ventral margin of apex in lateral view.

Measurements (in mm). Body length: ♂32.5–38.4; forewing length: ♂40.9– 45.3; width of forewing: ♂13.4–15.0; width of head including eyes: ♂8.3–8.8; pronotum width (including pronotal collar): ♂11.8–13.6; mesonotum width: ♂9.7–10.1.
Distribution. China (Guangdong).

Versicolora bellula
This new species is similar to V. ziyongi but can be distinguished by the markings on thorax and forewings, the shape of spines on fore femur, and also the shape of uncus and aedeagus.

Measurements (in mm). Body length: ♂33.4–37.9; forewing length: ♂41.2–45.1; width of forewing: ♂14.9–16.0; width of head including eyes: ♂8.2–8.8; pronotum width (including pronotal collar): ♂12.7–13.9; mesonotum width: ♂10.2–11.9.
Distribution. China (Yunnan), Vietnam (Lao Cai, Cao Bang).

The type specimens are deposited in the Entomological Museum, NorthwestA&F University, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, the Netherlands, and Vietnam National Museum of Nature, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology
The descriptions of the new genus and two species are published in the Journal: Zootaxa 4759 (2): 277–286.

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Figure 1. Versicolora ziyongi, holotype, male. A. habitus, dorsal view; B. habitus, ventral view; C. head and thorax, dorsal view; D. head and thorax, ventral view; E. abdomen, ventral view; F. male pygofer, ventral view G. male pygofer, lateral view; H. left fore leg, showing the spines on femur. aed, aedeagus; as, anal style; db, dorsal beak; lul, lateral uncus lobe; mul, median uncus lobe; upl, upper lobe of pygofer.

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Figure 2. Versicolora bellula, holotype, male, from Yunnan Province, China. A. habitus, dorsal view; B. habitus, ventral view; C. head and thorax, dorsal view; D. head and thorax, ventral view; E. abdomen, ventral view; F. male pygofer, ventral view; G. male pygofer, left latero-caudal view; H. left fore leg, showing the spines on femur. aed, aedeagus; as, anal style; db, dorsal beak; lul, lateral uncus lobe; mul, median uncus lobe; upl, upper lobe of pygofer.

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Figure 3: Versicolora bellula, paratypes from Lao Cai Province (A–E) and Cao Bang Province (F–G), Vietnam. A. male habitus, dorsal view; B. male habitus, dorsal view; C. male habitus, ventral view; D. female habitus, dorsal view; E. female terminalia, ventral view; F. male habitus, dorsal view; G. male habitus, ventral view..

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Figure 4: Versicolora bellula, aedeagus of males from Lao Cai Province, Vietnam. A. male pygofer, ventral view; B. male pygofer, lateral view; C. male pygofer, left latero-caudal view; D. male pygofer (enlarged), left latero-caudal view.

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Source: Pham Hong Thai, Vietnam National Museum of Nature, VAST

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