Contribution to the Willowsia species having body scales of the long basal rib type: four new species and a redescription of W. qui (Collembola: Entomobryidae)

  • Zhixiang Pan School of Life Sciences, Taizhou University, Jiaojiang, Taizhou 318000, Zhejiang Province
  • Feng Zhang Department of Entomology, College of Plant Protection, Nanjing Agricultural University, 1 Weigang, Nanjing 210095
Keywords: DNA barcodes, colour pattern, chaetotaxy, Entomobryinae, China


Four new species of the genus Willowsia Shoebotham, 1917 are described from China: W. fascia Zhang & Pan sp. nov., W. pseudoplatani Zhang & Pan sp. nov., W. pseudobuskii sp. nov., and W. similis sp. nov. Willowsia qui Zhang, Chen & Deharveng, 2011 is re-described based on types and fresh material. All five species possess the pointed body scales with basal ribs longer than distal ones. These scales are absent on antennae, legs, ventral tube and furca. Colour pattern and dorsal chaetotaxy are the main diagnostic characters for these species. DNA barcodes of four species are also provided, with genetic distances compared. A key to the Willowsia species having scales of the long basal rib type is given.


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How to Cite
Pan, Z., & Zhang, F. (2016). Contribution to the Willowsia species having body scales of the long basal rib type: four new species and a redescription of W. qui (Collembola: Entomobryidae). European Journal of Taxonomy, (245).