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Revision of the New Guinean genus Zophiuma (Hemiptera, Lophopidae)

Mécanismes adaptatifs et évolution (MECADEV), Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, CNRS; CP 50, Entomologie, 57 rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France.
Mécanismes adaptatifs et évolution (MECADEV), Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, CNRS; CP 50, Entomologie, 57 rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France.
Auchenorrhyncha Fulgoromorpha Papua New Guinea Indonesia Hemiptera


The lophopid genus Zophiuma Fennah, 1955 is revised with two new species described, Z. gitauae sp. nov. and Z. torricelli sp. nov. and Z. doreyensis (Distant, 1906) is placed in synonymy with Z. pupillata (Stål, 1863). A key to the species for the genus, distribution map and the male genitalia illustrations are provided.


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