Genotype: Pseudolepidophorella longiterga (Salmon, 1937.)
From a further study of more specimens, taken from different localities, of the species formerly described by me as Lepidophorella longiterga, I have decided that the species is better placed in a new genus and, therefore, I now propose the name Pseudolepidophorella for this new genus. It is of typically Lepidophorellan facies,
except that the mesothoracic terga is at least three times as long as the metathorax and projects forward over the head for a considerable distance. On its inner margin it is supplied at the apex with a tuft of medium-length bristles, some of which are divided at their tips into 2–4 short, finger-like processes. The entire body is rather elongate.
Pseudolepidophorella longiterga (Salmon, 1937). Plate 54, figs. 258–259.
1937. Lepidophorella longiterga Salmon.
Colour: May vary from light cream or almost white to ochreous brown. Antennae darker brown apically.
Clothing: Clothing of scales may be heavy, and scales are often very large in proportion to size of insect. They are prominently striated with strong elevated longitudinal ridges. A tuft of finely ciliated setae at apex of mesotergum arising on inner surface of carapace, some of these apically divided into 3–4 finger-like processes.
Body: Length 2–4·5 mm. Antennae one and a-half times length of mesothorax. Abd. III twice as long as Abd. IV. Tenaculum with four warts on each side of rami.
Legs: Claw similar to L. communis, with upper tooth slightly smaller than lower two.
Furcula: Similar to L. communis, but mucro more curved. Dens twice as long as manubrium.
Localities: Waipoua Kauri Forest, amongst leaf debris; Paiahia, in leaf debris under tree ferns; Te Whaiti, in rotten log; Waihui Gorge, in leaf mould; Lake Waikaremoana, in leaf mould, 2,050 ft.; Waioeka Valley, under stones on shingle slide at 1,500 ft., and amongst fern debris at 500 ft.; Blue Lake, Rotorua, in leaf mould; Waimana Gorge, under stones; Aratiatia Rapids, in soil; Turangakuma Range, 3,000 ft., in leaf debris (coll. R. Forster).
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Type: Slide 3/29, Dominion Museum Collection.