Zeugomantispa compellens (Walker, 1860)

Alvim, Breno Ganns Chaves, Machado, Renato Jose Pires & Krolow, Tiago Kütter, 2019, Mantidflies (Neuroptera, Mantispidae) from Tocantins state (Brazil): distribution and identification key, Check List 15 (2), pp. 275-285: 282-284

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http://doi.org/ 10.15560/15.2.275

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Zeugomantispa compellens (Walker, 1860)


Zeugomantispa compellens (Walker, 1860) 

Diagnosis. This species has the body predominantly green with red marks on the pronotum, pronotum longer than broad with setae present throughout its entire length and arising from distinctive bumps, wings hyaline with pterostigma light-red and foreleg with 2 pretarsal claws.

Examined material. Brazil, Tocantins, Palmas, Fazenda Encantada , 10°15'0 2.6" S, 048°07'23.1" W, 28.viii.2017, Krolow, T.K. & Equipe leg. (6♂, 8♀ CEUFT)GoogleMaps  ; Brazil, Tocantins, Palmas, Vale do vai quem quer, 10°23'40.1" S, 048°07'55.8" W, 13–14.xi.2017, Krolow, T.K. & Equipe leg. (2♂, 2♀ CEUFT)GoogleMaps  .

Distribution. USA, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Savador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Surinam, French Guiana, and Brazil: Roraima, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, Pernambuco, Bahia, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, and Paraná ( Machado and Martins 2018).

New records. Tocantins: Palmas municipality.

Comments. Specimens preserved in ethanol and pinned tend to lose the overall greenish body color, becoming light-yellow or even whitish. This made dissection of the genitalia almost obligatory for identifying these specimens.