Quasimodopsis riedeliMichael S. Caterino
Quasimodopsis is a bizarre chlamydopsine genus, known only from a single species, Q. riedeli, and a couple of specimens from New Guinea. No specimens have been collected from any host colonies, so it is only speculatively considered a myrmecophile. The genus was named for its 'humpbacked' appearance, with its highly elevated humeral trichomes, to refer to Victor Hugo's famed 'Hunchback of Notre Dame'.
Quasimodopsis riedeli is phylogenetically isolated among Chlamydopsinae. While recent analyses place it at the base of a large clade of taxa with a reduced or hidden scutellum, it is not closely related to any of these (Caterino & Dégallier, 2007).
Quasimodopsis riedeli exhibits many unusual characteristics. Its pronotum is nearly diamond-shaped, with a prolonged posterior angle hiding the scutellum, and its elevated, oblique sides nearly meeting in front. The trichomes rise high above the prothorax, forming deep transverse incisions, with setae on front and rear edges.
Caterino. M. S. and Dégallier, N. 2007. A review of the biology and systematics of Chlamydopsinae. Invertebrate Systematics 21:1-28.
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