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A new replacement name for Tropidocephala speciosa Ding, 2006 (Hemiptera, Fulgoromorpha, Delphacidae)
expand article infoHai-Yan Sun, Lin Yang, Xiang-Sheng Chen
† Guizhou University, Guiyang, China
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Abstract

A new replacement name is proposed for the species Tropidocephala speciosa Ding, 2006 (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha: Delphacidae: Tropidocephalini), preoccupied by Tropidocephala speciosa (Bierman, 1908): Tropidocephala dingi Sun, Yang & Chen, nom. n. = Tropidocephala speciosa Ding, 2006. The photographs and illustrations of this species are also provided.

Keywords

Hemiptera, Fulgoroidea, Tropidocephala, homonym, replacement name

Introduction

The plant-hopper species Tropidocephala speciosa Ding, 2006 (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha: Delphacidae: Tropidocephalini) is found to be preoccupied by Tropidocephala speciosa (Bierman, 1908). The purpose of the present paper is to propose a replacement name, based on new material.

Materials and methods

Morphological techniques and terminology follows Ding (2006). Dry specimens were used for the description and illustration. External morphology was observed under a stereoscopic microscope and characters were measured with an ocular micrometer. The genital segments of the examined specimens were macerated in 10% KOH and drawn from preparations in glycerin jelly using a Leica MZ 12.5 stereomicroscope. Photographs of the specimens were taken with a KEYENCE VHX-1000C. Illustrations were scanned with Canon CanoScan LiDE 200 and imported into Adobe Photoshop CS3 for labeling and fig composition.

Specimens examined are deposited in the Institute of Entomology, Guizhou University, Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China (IEGU).

Nomenclatural changes and notes

Tropidocephala dingi Sun, Yang & Chen, nom. n.

Figs 1–12

Tropidocephala dingi, nomen novum for Tropidocephala speciosa Ding, 2006: 167, preoccupied by Tropidocephala speciosa (Bierman, 1908).

Remarks on nomenclatural change

Melichar (1914) transferred Orchesma speciosa Bierman, 1908 to Tropidocephala as a new combination. Ding (2006) described a new species, Tropidocephala speciosa, and failed to recognize the homonym. Thus, the species Tropidocephala speciosa Ding, 2006 is a secondary homonym of the species Tropidocephala speciosa (Bierman, 1908). According to Article 60 and 57.3.2 of the ICZN, we propose a new replacement name Tropidocephala dingi nom. n. for Tropidocephala speciosa Ding, 2006.

Etymology

This new name is based on the surname of the author of the junior homonym.

Distribution

China (Hainan and Yunnan Province).

Specimens examined

1♂1♀, Diaoluoshan National Natural Reserve, Hainan, 9-12 Apr. 2009, X.-H. Hou; 1♂1♀, Bawangling National Natural Reserve, Hainan, 24-28 Apr. 2009, X.-H. Hou; 2♂♂, Bawangling National Natural Reserve, Hainan, 6-7 Jan. 2011, J.-K. Long; 4♂♂2♀♀, Yinggeling National Natural Reserve, Hainan, 17-18 Apr. 2014, H.-Y. Sun; 1♂, Diaoluoshan National Natural Reserve, Hainan, 27 Apr. 2009, H.-Y. Sun.

Figures 1–12.

Tropidocephala dingi Sun, Yang & Chen, nom. n. 1 head and thorax, dorsal view 2 frons and clypeus 3 head and thorax, lateral view 4 male habitus, dorsal view 5 the same, lateral view 6 male genitalia, posterior view 7 the same, lateral view 8 genital style, lateral view 9 the same, posterior view 10 anal segment, aedeagus and genital style, left lateral view 11 aedeagus, lateral view 12 aedeagus, posterior view. Scale 0.5 mm (Figures 1–5); 0.2 mm (Figures 6–12).

Acknowledgments

We are grateful to Dr. J.-K. Long and Dr. X.-H. Hou for collecting specimens. This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31160163, 31472033), the Program of Science and Technology Innovation Talents Team, Guizhou Province (No. 20144001) and the International Science and Technology Cooperation Program of Guizhou (No. 20107005).

References

  • Bierman CJH (1908) Homopteren aus Semarang (Java) gesammelt von Herrn E. Jacobson. Notes from the Leyden Museum. Leyden 29: 151–169.
  • Ding JH (2006) Fauna Sinica. Insecta Vol. 45. Homoptera Delphacidae. Editorial Committee of Fauna Sinica, Chinese Academy of Science. Science Press, Beijing, China, 776 pp.
  • ICZN (1999) International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, 4th Edition. The International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature, London, 306 pp.
  • Melichar L (1914) Homopteren von Java, gesammelt von herrn Edw. Jacobson. Notes from the Leyden Museum. Leyden 36: 91–112.