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The Old World Microveliinae (Hemiptera: Veliidae). II. Three new species of Baptista Distant and a new genus from the Oriental region

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The Oriental genus Baptista Distant is redescribed and compared with other genera of Old World Microveliinae. The type-species, B. gesiroi Distant, hitherto only known from the type specimens (from Burma), is redescribed and recorded from Thailand. Three new speeies are described: B. femoralis sp. n. (Thailand, West Malaysia), B. digitata sp. n. (Thailand), and B. angulata sp. n. (southern India). These species all live in very cryptic and secluded habitats, like wet litter, small watery holes in rocks, or small cavities under turf along streams. The males of the new species exhibit a remarkable polymorphism in the structure of fore Iegs and pregenital abdomen. A closely related genus, Lathriovelia gen. n., is described with two species, L. capitata sp. n. and L. collaris sp. n., both from West Malaysia. This genus has a head structure which is quite unique within the subfamily.

Affiliations: 1: N. Møller Andersen, Zoological Museum, Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark


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