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Rhyopsocus bentonae Sommerman - Rhyopsocus bentonae - male - female

Rhyopsocus bentonae Sommerman - Rhyopsocus bentonae - Male Female
Port Aransas, Nueces County, Texas, USA
May 5, 2012
Size: 1.1 mm
I found these adorable Hobbit psocids under a dead palm leaf. The male (left) has a very distinctive "fish-tail like flap arising before and underlying hypandrial plate and..epiproct flanked by 2 finger-like lobes" (1). I feel confident of my ID but I have asked Mockford to confirm it and am awaiting his response. He is very busy (as usual) but I just could not wait to post these remarkable critters.

Dr. Mockford
confirmed my ID.

Looks like ...
Mirror images ... like an old vaudville act

Diane, you're my hero.
Moved from Atropetae.

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