Plegmapterus splendens Dirsh, 1956,

Tshililo, Precious, 2020, Review of South African Euryphyminae, Zootaxa 4820 (1), pp. 70-104: 98-99

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Plegmapterus splendens Dirsh, 1956
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Plegmapterus splendens Dirsh, 1956 

( Figs. 3JView FIGURE 3, 4JView FIGURE 4, 18View FIGURE 18)

Plegmapterus splendens: Dirsh, 1956:121–272  , figs. 36. 7–10; Dirsh, 1965:279; Uvarov, 1966:18; Johnston, 1968:204.

Type locality. Africa, Southern Africa, Cape Province, Upington , Orange River   . Type ♂ in Lund University Entomological Museum. Type not examined.

Material. SOUTH AFRICA: Northern Cape: 30 mi Springbok (S29.6734, E17.9117) 01.ix.1967 coll. J. Munting— 1♂ ( SANC)GoogleMaps  ; 6m S of Garies (S30.6574, E18.0075) x.1967 coll. F. W. Gass— 1♀ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Western Cape: Bokouga, Uniondale Dist. (S33.6651, E23.3539) iii.1954 coll. SAM museum expedition— 1♀ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Bosiesveld Bergen (S33.3378, E18.5218) ii.1940 — 1♀ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Bulhoek Klaver, Clanwilliam (S32.1892, E18.8939) x.1950 coll. SAM museum expedition— 1♀ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Cape Hex R. (S33.5061, E19.5294) xii.1884 — 1♂, 1♀ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Eastern Cape: Beaufort “Umdala” (S32.8000, E26.6500) iii.1954 coll. SAM museum expedition— 1♂ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Franschhoek (E33.9136, E19.1229) coll. E. Sehabb— 1♀ ( SAMC)  ; Gardiner’s Drift, Adelaide (S32.7071, E26.2952) iii.1954 coll. SAM museum expedition— 1♀ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Goegap NR, bush huts, nr. main entrance (S29.6861, E17.9493) 02.x.2008 coll. P. Naskrecki and C. Bazelet,— 1♂ ( USTB)GoogleMaps  ; Northern Cape: Hopetown (S29.6196, E24.0869) 13.ix.1940 coll. G. van Son— 1♀ (Transvaal Museum)GoogleMaps  ; Karasburg (S28.0216, E18.7480) viii.1950 coll. J.J.L.— ♂ (sanc)GoogleMaps  ; Kenhardt (S29.3457, E21.1578) 03.x.1954, coll. G. van Son— 1♀ (Transvaal Museum)GoogleMaps  ; Lammerskraal, Prince Albert Dist. (S32.8154, E22.3139) ix.1896 coll. D. Purcell— 1 ♀ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Leipoldtville, Eland’s Bay (S32.2223, E18.4811) xi.1948 coll. SAM museum expedition— 1♀ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Matjiesfontein (S33.2308, E20.5822) x.1891 coll. R. Triman,— 1♀ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Michell’s Pass, Ceres District (S33.3788, E19.2964) x.1934 coll. SAM museum expedition— 1♂ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Naauwport (S26.1877, E25.5766) 26.x.1948 coll. G. van Son— 1♀ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; O’Kiep (S29.5911, E17.8751) ix.1890 —adult ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Olifants R. between Citrusdal / Clanwilliam (S32.4575, E18.9669) x.1931 coll. SAM museum expedition— 1♂ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Oudtshoorn Zebra (S33.7637, E22.3155) x.1951 coll. SAM museum expedition— 1 ♂ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Outiep Garies (S30.5937, E17.8514) ix.1953 coll. J. du Toit— 1♀ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Papendorp , Olifant’s R. (S31.6915, E18.1951) x.1950 coll. SAM museum expedition— 1♀ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Port Nolloth (S29.2379, E16.9067) 1897— 1♂ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Upper Sources Oliphant’s R. Ceres (S33.1542, E19.2399) xii.1949 coll. SAM museum expedition— 1♂ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Victoria West (S31.4174, E23.1199) xi.193 coll. SAM museum expedition— 1♀, 1♂ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  ; Wit River Valley Bain’s Kloof (S33.6167, E19.1000) xii.1949 coll. SAM museum expedition— 1♀ ( SAMC)GoogleMaps  .

Distribution. This species was previously recorded from Namibia ( Johnsen 1990 b; Naskrecki 1995) and South Africa ( Dirsh 1956b)

Remarks. This genus was erected by Uvarov (1922), on the basis of its head integument, pronotum and the degree of development of the lateral carinae. Dirsh (1956) reviewed the genus and found that Uvarov’s (1922) generic characters are misleading because those generic characters vary between and within species.

I found a great deal of diversity in the shape and rugosity of its pronotum when I reviewed museum and field collected specimens. This also supports the statement by Dirsh (1956) that those characters (dorsum rugosity and shape) are misleading as they vary within species. The taxonomic status of this genus is not satisfactory and the genus has approximately four undescribed species, therefore revision is necessary.

SANC

Agricultural Research Council-Plant Protection Research Institute

SAMC

Iziko Museums of Cape Town

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Orthoptera

Family

Baissogryllidae

Genus

Plegmapterus

Loc

Plegmapterus splendens Dirsh, 1956

Tshililo, Precious 2020
2020
Loc

Plegmapterus splendens

: Dirsh 1956: 121 - 272
1956