Saturday 17 January 2015

A new species of Planthopper from northern Vietnam.

Planthoppers, Fulgoromorpha,  are small members of the True Bug order Hemiptera, which also includes Aphids, Cicadas and Shield Bugs, amongst other Insects. The genus Paricanoides was erected in 2003 by Ai-Ping Liang of the Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, to describe two species of Planthoppers, one from southern Vietnam and one from northern Vietnam and Hainan Island (China).

In a paper published on the Belgian Journal of Entomology on 11 December 2014, Jérôme Constant of the Department of Entomology at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and Hong Thai Pham of the Vietnam National Museum of Nature of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, describe a new species of Paricanoides from the Tam Dao National Park in northern Vietnam.

The new species is named Paricanoides bresseeli in honour of Joachim Bresseel of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. The species is described from a single male specimen 13.3 mm in length. It is yellow-brown with red makings, particularly a red ‘horseshoe’ shape on the front of the head. Its wings are clear, with black veins.

Paricanoides bresseeli, dorsal view. Constant & Pham (2014).

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