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Keywords:

  • Taxonomy;
  • Southeast Asia;
  • Island endemism;
  • Root community;
  • Cavernicole;
  • Sensory organ;
  • Vibrational communication

Abstract

A new species of the cixiid tribe Bennini from Sulawesi is described and a new genus is erected to accommodate it. This is the first record of a Bennini from Sulawesi and the first discovery of this group in a subterranean environment. We report preliminary observations of its ecology and behaviour. According to the ecological parameters of its habitat and its morphological configuration, Celebenna thomarosa is ecologically classified as an exapted eutroglophile accidental. (© 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)