Tuesday, March 7, 2023

[Entomology • 2023] Nocticola pheromosa • A New macropterous Nocticola Bolivar, 1892 (Blattodea: Nocticolidae) from Singapore

• The delicate cockroach genus Nocticola is reported for the first time in Singapore.
• The new species of fully-winged Nocticola sp. is described and is compared with the Bornean species.
• This represents the nineth known fully-winged species of the genus.
• A key for known macropterous species of Nocticola is provided.

A new epigean Nocticola Bolivar, N. pheromosa n. sp., is described from Singapore. This serves as the first record of the genus in Singapore. The new species closely resembles N. adebratti Roth in Roth & McGavin, 1994 in terms of macroptery and the shape of the ocelli but differs in terms of wing venations and male genital structure. Nocticola adebratti Roth from Borneo is redescribed. A key to known macropterous Nocticola is provided.
Keywords: Cockroach, Epigean, Macroptery, New genus record

Nocticola pheromosa n. sp.

Etymology: named after the Lissome Ultra Beast, Pheromosa, from the Pokemon Franchise. Pheromosa is a cockroach-like Pokemon, where its design and colour may have been inspired by the American cockroach (Periplaneta americana (L.)) that has molted.

Cristian C. Lucañas and Foo Maosheng. 2023. A New macropterous Nocticola Bolivar, 1892 (Blattodea: Nocticolidae) from Singapore. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology. 26(2); 102062. DOI: 10.1016/j.aspen.2023.102062