Plangia segonoides ( Butler, 1878 )

Heller, Klaus-Gerhard, Hemp, Claudia, Massa, Bruno, Rakotondranary, Jacques & Krištín, Anton, 2019, Notes on a small collection of phaneropterine bush-crickets (Insecta: Orthoptera: Tettigonioidea) from Central and Southern Madagascar with the description of two new species, Zootaxa 4563 (2), pp. 297-310: 299

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Plangia segonoides ( Butler, 1878 )


Plangia segonoides ( Butler, 1878) 

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MADAGASCAR: Ranomafana , rain forest, Soarana trail, 920 m a. s. l., - 21.256813° S, 47.422720° EGoogleMaps  ; 25 iii 2015, leg. Anton Krištín, CH 8594, female.

The female specimen belongs clearly to the genus Plangia  of which three species are known from Madagascar ( guttatipennis  and segonoides  ) and the West Indian Islands ( ovalifolia  ; Table 1). In width of the tegmina the collected specimen is very similar to P. segonoides  , known only from the male type specimen. Also the other measurements are relatively close to this species. Therefore we assume that the specimen may belong to P. segonoides  . Since the female was unknown, we give figures of its head and ovipositor ( Fig. 2View FIGURE 2). However, it may be difficult to separate a single female morphologically from other African Plangia  species.

Habitat. The specimen was found dead in a spider web in a semiopen site within tall tropical rainforest with many palm species and several orchid and fern species.