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9 November 2021 A New Species of Small Water Strider in the Genus Microvelia (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Veliidae) from Aichi Prefecture, Honshu, Japan
Ryosuke Matsushima, Takafumi Morii, Naoki Hiraishi, Shin-ya Ohba
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Abstract

A new species of small water strider (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Veliidae), Microvelia pilosa sp. nov., is described from Aichi Prefecture, Honshu, Japan. It belongs to the subgenus Picaultia Distant, 1913 within the genus Microvelia Westwood, 1834, and is similar to Microvelia japonica Esaki and Miyamoto, 1955 and Microvelia douglasi douglasi Scott, 1874. The new species can be distinguished from these two taxa by its blackish-brown body, small punctures on the pronotum, and arcuate right paramere that is slender only in the distal part. Our molecular phylogenetic analysis using the mitochondrial COI gene revealed that M. pilosa sp. nov. is genetically separated from some of the other Japanese Microvelia and is most closely related to M. japonica.

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Ryosuke Matsushima, Takafumi Morii, Naoki Hiraishi, and Shin-ya Ohba "A New Species of Small Water Strider in the Genus Microvelia (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Veliidae) from Aichi Prefecture, Honshu, Japan," Zoological Science 38(6), 565-571, (9 November 2021). https://doi.org/10.2108/zs210035
Received: 17 April 2021; Accepted: 27 August 2021; Published: 9 November 2021
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