oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - A new genus and species of Psyllidae (Homoptera) from South Africa

Volume 31, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The remarkable species here descriptionbed appears to be unique in the Psyllidae, in the strange formation of the veins of the forewing, which are raised like fins above the membrane. The nearest known species appears to be Aphorma aradi Heslop-Harrison (nomen nudum) from Iraq. Dr Heslop-Harrison presented a photograph of the forewing of this species, but failed to descriptionbe it or the genus Aphorma, other than by scattered references through the text of his paper, so it is impossible to make comparisons. He did state however, that the metatarsal spines were absent and that they are a constant character. It is therefore necessary to erect a new genus for the species herein descriptionbed.

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