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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,

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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.