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A new species of Rhopalosiphum (Hemiptera, Aphididae) on Chusquea tomentosa (Poaceae, Bambusoideae) from Costa Rica

Author(s): Nicolás Pérez-Hidalgo | David Martínez-Torres | Jorge Mariano Collantes-Alegre | William Villalobos Muller | Juan M. Nieto Nafría

Journal: ZooKeys
ISSN 1313-2989

Volume: 166;
Start page: 59;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Rhopalosiphum | aphids | new species | molecular | Costa Rica

The new species Rhopalosiphum chusqueae Pérez Hidalgo & Villalobos Muller, is described from apterous viviparous females caught on Chusquea tomentosa in Cerro de la Muerte (Costa Rica). The identity of the species is supported both by the morphological features and by a molecular phylogenetic analysis based on a fragment of the mitochondrial DNA containing the 5’ region of the cytochrome c oxidase 1 (COI) and on the nuclear gene coding for the Elongation factor-1 alpha (EF1α). The taxonomic position of the new species is discussed. An identification key to the Aphidinae species living on plants of Bambusoideae (Poaceae) is presented.

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