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Meleon  sp.

Figs 70–72

Material examined: UGANDA: 1 ♀ ( ZFMK, Ar 1444), Budongo Forest , 1 ° 45 'N: 31 ° 25 'E, swamp forest, Teclea nobilis  , wet season, 11–20.vii. 1995, T. WagnerGoogleMaps  .

Comments: This ♀ cannot be reliably identified or described as a new species. On the basis of its copulatory organs ( Fig. 70), it is most close to, but clearly distinct from, M. solitaria (sensu Wijesinghe 1994)  . It can be easily distinguished from the ♀ holotype of P. solitaria  by the ovoid shape of the spermathecae (cf. Figs 71, 72 and figs 4–6 in Wijesinghe 1994). However, the current conception of the latter species is based on the assumption that the ♀ holotype of Portia solitaria  from Zaire and the ♂ holotype of Portia falsifera Wanless, 1978  from Uganda belong to the same species (see Wijesinghe 1994: 60). On the contrary, it is very likely that our ♀ from Uganda and the ♂ holotype of P. falsifera  belong to the same taxon. If so, the latter name should be revalidated and removed from the synonymy with M. solitaria  . Thus, the studied ♀ belongs either to M. falsifera  or to a new species. The matter can be finally decided when a sample of M. falsifera  with both sexes has been collected.


Germany, Bonn, Zoologische Forschungsinstitut und Museum "Alexander Koenig"