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A New Cricket for Brazil

(Sep/2016)

A New Cricket for Brazil

The Genus Lerneca is widespread throughout the Neotropics, but previously unknown for Brazil. We recently discovered Lerneca inalata, represented by a new subspecies Lerneca inalata beripocone (Phalangopsidae, Luzarinae), collected in the Pantanal of Poconé, Mato Grosso, Brazil. The new taxon has as diagnostic features the male genitalia with six ventral spines on the B sclerite, the first spine having a subtle bifurcation; the mid-region of the strongly sclerotized pseudepiphallus; inclination of C sc- lerite with slightly concave curvature; tegmina-length ratio and the speculum (syn. mirror) width approximately three times the length of the apical area. The description of the female genitalia and the calling song is presented for the first time for the species Lerneca inalata. For further details see ZOOTAXA (pdf)