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 Coloration brownish yellow, glossy and finely granulose (Figs 1–14). Pronotum smooth, broad and rhomboidal, completely covering vertex, anterior margin curved and posterior margin obtusely produced (Figs 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13). Tegmina and wings in both sexes fully developed, entirely covering abdomen, apices rounded or posterior margin emarginate in the middle (Figs 1-14). Pulvillus and arolium present; tarsal claws symmetrical and unspecialized. Supra-anal plate and hypandrium nearly symmetrical, posterior margin emarginate near the middle except in Pseudophoraspis fruhstorferi Shelford (Figs 15, 17, 23, 25, 30, 32, 39, 41, 49, 51, 59, 61). Sclerite L2d of male genitalia with well-developed apical outgrowth (Figs 34, 35, 43, 44, 53, 54, 63) except in Pseudophoraspis fruhstorferi (Fig. 19) and Pseudophoraspis tramlapensis (Fig. 27).  Females usually shorter and wider than males, more convex, with smaller and widely separated eyes; pronotum larger. Tegmina and wings more or less shorter than in males (Figs 3–4).  According to original descriptions and examined specimens kept in Collection of College of Plant Protection, Southwest University (SWU) and the Entomological Museum of Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University (NWAFU), we subdivide this genus into two species groups: the fruhstorferi group and the gorochovi group. There are two types of pronotum in this genus: the pronotum of the fruhstorferi group is smooth and without any punctures, while in the gorochovi group, the pronotum is scattered with punctures and has two crescent depressions on disc.

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