Sphex nigrohirtus Kohl, 1895

Dörfel, Thorleif H. & Ohl, Michael, 2022, The wasp genus Sphex in Sub-Saharan Africa (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae), European Journal of Taxonomy 796 (1), pp. 1-170 : 93-98

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https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2022.796.1665

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DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6535800

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scientific name

Sphex nigrohirtus Kohl, 1895
status

 

Sphex nigrohirtus Kohl, 1895

Figs 13 View Figs 13–18 , 78 View Figs 72–78. 72 (blue), 81–82, 84

Sphex nigrohirtus Kohl, 1895: 66 , ♂.

Sphex incomptus anonymus Leclercq, 1955: 12 , ♂. Syn. nov.

Differential diagnosis

Females of this taxon are easily recognizable, as they differ from all others in the group through having the mesosomal setae uniformly black ( Fig. 84 View Figs 79–84. 79–80 ). Those of S. camerunicus ( Fig. 83 View Figs 79–84. 79–80 ), S. incomptus ( Fig. 85 View Figs 85–92. 85–86 ) and S. pulawskii sp. nov. ( Fig. 86 View Figs 85–92. 85–86 ) have at least the appressed setae posteriorly on the collar and at a spot posterolaterally on the scutum silvery. Males of S. nigrohirtus can be more difficult to identify, as not all of them have uniformly black mesosomal setae. Those of S. camerunicus are distinguished through their dorsolaterally concave valvicepes ( Figs 79–80 View Figs 79–84. 79–80 ) and broad placoids on flagellomeres IV– VII, whereas S. nigrohirtus has the valvicepes dorsolaterally flat or convex ( Figs 81–82 View Figs 79–84. 79–80 ) and usually only a narrow placoid on flagellomere V. Sphex incomptus differs in having predominantly silvery propodeal setae and only slightly infuscate wings. Finally, males of S. pulawskii sp. nov. can be differentiated from this species through their conspicuous purple wing iridescence without a cyan tone ( Fig. 87 View Figs 85–92. 85–86 ), while S. nigrohirtus always has cyan iridescence, at least on the basal half of the forewing.

Material examined

Lectotype (designated here) TANZANIA – Tanga Region • ♂; “ Usambara and Bondei ”; Feb.–Mar. 1880; C.W. Schmidt leg.; ZMB.

Paralectotype TANZANIA • 1 ♂; same collection data as for lectotype; ZMB .

Other material

AFRICA • 2 ♂♂, 2 ♀♀; “ Afr. or. All. de ”; MNHN 1 ♀; “ East Africa ”; IRSN 1 ♂; Cap ; MNHN .

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO – Haut-Katanga • 1♂; Elisabethville [now Lubumbashi] ; [11°40ʹ S, 27°29ʹ E]; Aug. 1949; Ch. Seydel leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps 1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding but 30 Sep. 1949; MRAC GoogleMaps 3 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding but 24 Jun. 1951; MRAC GoogleMaps 2 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding but 17 May 1953; MRAC GoogleMaps 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but May 1953; MRAC GoogleMaps . – Haut-Lomami • 1 ♂, holotype of Sphex incomptus anonymus Leclercq, 1955 ; “ Upemba National Park, Kankunda ( rive dr. Lupiala )”; [8°30ʹ S, 26°30ʹ E]; alt. 1300 m; 13–27 Nov. 1947; G.F. de Witte leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps . – Lualaba • 1 ♀; Kapanga ; [8°21ʹ S, 22°34ʹ E]; May 1933; F.G. Overlaet leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Lulua, Kanzenze ; [10°31ʹ12ʺ S, 25°12ʹ24ʺ E]; 1932; R.P. Lefebure leg.; MRAC GoogleMaps .

ETHIOPIA – Oromia Region • 1 ♂; Hawash River , S of Adama; 7 Jun. 1946; K.M. Guichard leg.; BMNH 1 ♀; near Wachile; 4°32ʹ N, 39°03ʹ E; 30–31 May 2015; J. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps . – Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region • 1 ♂; Dilla ; [6°25ʹ N, 38°19ʹ E]; Apr. 1948; K.M. Guichard leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps .

KENYA • 3 ♀♀; Mogorr River ; May 1913; A.O. Luckman leg.; BMNH. – Homa Bay County • 1 ♀; Ungoye , ICIPE Field Station ; 0.61325° S, 34.8908° E; 13–27 Apr. 2006; R. Copeland leg.; ICIPE GoogleMaps 1 ♀♀; Ungoye , ICIPE Field Station , inside seasonally swampy forest; 0.61517° S, 34.9200° E; 22 Jun.–6 Jul. 2006; R. Copeland leg.; ICIPE. – GoogleMaps Kajiado County • 1 ♀; Ngong ; [1°21ʹ09ʺ S, 36°40ʹ11ʺ E]; Apr. 1941; V.G.L. van Someren leg.; BMNH. – GoogleMaps Kilifi County • 1 ♀; Gedi National Park ; [3°18ʹ33.84ʺ S, 40°01ʹ1.92ʺ E]; 2–6 Nov. 1972; M. Boulard leg.; MNHN GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Rabai ; [3°55ʹ54ʺ N, 39°34ʹ13ʺ E]; Apr. 1928; V.G.L. van Someren leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps 2 ♂♂, 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but Nov.–Dec. 1933; BMNH. – GoogleMaps Kirinyaga County • 1 ♀; Njuki-ini Forest, near Forest station; 0.51660° S, 37.41843° E; 30 Jan.–12 Feb. 2007; R. Copeland leg.; ICIPE. – GoogleMaps Kitui County • 1 ♀; Kasaala area ; 2.7836° S, 38.22517° E; 3–17 May 2016; R. Copeland leg.; ICIPE GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Ngaia Forest , bottom of forest; 0.32442° S, 38.5038° E; 24 Dec. 2011 – 7 Jan. 2012; R. Copeland leg.; ICIPE. – GoogleMaps Kwale County • 1 ♂; Kwali Forest , 20 mi. W of Mombasa; [4°00ʹ34ʺ S, 39°18ʹ18ʺ E]; 1 Jun. 1948; M. Steele leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Muhaka Forest ; 4.32664° S, 39.52462° E; 18 May–1 Jun. 2016; R. Copeland leg.; ICIPE GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Shimba Hills ; 4°12.3ʹ S, 39°25.2ʹ E; 27 Jun. 1999; W.J. Pulawski and J.S. Schweikert leg.; CAS GoogleMaps 1 ♂, 1 ♀; same locality as for preceding; 15 Dec. 2003; W.J. Pulawski leg.; CAS. – GoogleMaps Meru County • 1 ♀; Meru; [0°02ʹ46ʺ N, 37°39ʹ21ʺ E]; Sep. 1927; V.G.L. van Someren leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding but Jul. 1943; BMNH. – GoogleMaps Muranga County • 3 ♂♂, 3 ♀♀; E foot and slopes of Aberdare Mts; [0°38ʹ21ʺ S, 36°47ʹ28ʺ E]; 24–27 Feb. 1911; S.A. Neave leg.; BMNH. – GoogleMaps Nyeri County • 1 ♀; Nyeri; [0°25ʹ12ʺ S, 36°57ʹ E]; M. Steele leg.; BMNH. – GoogleMaps Taita-Taveta County • 1 ♂; Kasigau ; [3°49ʹ S, 38°40ʹ E]; Nov. 1938; V.G.L. van Someren leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Mwatate area, below Bura Bluff, riverine forest ; 3.48444° S, 38.33251° E; 7–21 Feb. 2012; R. Copeland leg.; ICIPE GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Voi ; [3°23ʹ26ʺ S, 38°34ʹ37ʺ E]; 8–10 Feb. 1912; S.A. Neave leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps 3 ♂♂; same locality as for preceding; 16 May 2007; M. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps 7 ♂♂; Wundanyi ; [3°23ʹ54ʺ S, 38°21ʹ37ʺ E]; 18–22 Mar. 1997; Ma. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps 5 ♂♂, 2 ♀♀; Wundanyi ; [3°23ʹ54ʺ S, 38°21ʹ37ʺ E]; 5–10 Apr. 1997; Ma. Halada leg.; OÖLM. – GoogleMaps Trans-Nzoia County • 1 ♀; Mt Elgon E side, Elgon Saw mill ; [1°05ʹ19.6ʺ N, 34°45ʹ15.5ʺ E]; 1932–1933; C. Arambourg, P.-A. Chappuis and R. Jeannel leg.; MNHN GoogleMaps .

MALAWI – Central Region • 1 ♀; 53 mi. N of Blantyre; [14°59ʹ32ʺ S, 34°51ʹ55ʺ E]; 25 Feb. 1958; CAS GoogleMaps 1 ♂; Dedza, 85 km SE of Lilongwe; [14°20ʹ S, 34°20ʹ E]; 5–12 Jan. 2002; J. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Nkhotakota; [12°56ʹ S, 34°18ʹ E]; 2 Jan. 2002; J. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps . – Northern Region • 1 ♀; Karonga; [9°56ʹ S, 33°56ʹ E]; 7–11 Jul. 1910; S.A. Neave leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps . – Southern Region • 1 ♀; Btwn. Ft. Mangoche and Chikala Boma ; 20–25 Mar. 1910; S.A. Neave leg.; BMNH 1 ♂; Mlanje ; [16°01ʹ53ʺ S, 35°30ʹ E]; 8–9 Feb. 1912; S.A. Neave leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 12 Feb. 1912; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding but 23 Feb. 1912; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 26 Feb. 1912; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 3 Dec. 1912; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding but 4 Dec. 1912; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 14 Dec. 1912; BMNH GoogleMaps 2 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding but 27 Dec. 1912; BMNH GoogleMaps 3 ♂♂; same collection data as for preceding but 6 Jan. 1913; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 7 Jan. 1913; BMNH GoogleMaps 2 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding but 15 Jan. 1913; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 17 Jan. 1913; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding but 21 Jan. 1913; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 27 Jan. 1913; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 1 Feb. 1913; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 4 Feb. 1913; BMNH GoogleMaps 2 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding but 11 Feb. 1913; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 20 Feb. 1913; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding but 22 Apr. 1913; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding but 23 Apr. 1913; BMNH GoogleMaps 2 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding but 5 Sep. 1913; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♂, 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 7 Nov. 1913; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♂, 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 6 Dec. 1913; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 21 Dec. 1913; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding but 10 Feb. 1914; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding but 16 Feb. 1914; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Mlanji Boma ; [16°01ʹ53ʺ S, 35°30ʹ E]; 26–30 Apr. and 3–5 May 1910; S.A. Neave leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Mt Mlanje ; [16°01ʹ53ʺ S, 35°30ʹ E]; 6 Dec. 1912; S.A. Neave leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Nantipwili 8 km SE of Limbe; 15°55ʹ S, 35°04ʹ E; 13 Sep. 1985; H. Hensen leg.; RMNH GoogleMaps 2 ♂♂; side of Mt Mlanje; [16°01ʹ53ʺ S, 35°30ʹ E]; 3 Dec. 1913; S.A. Neave leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Zomba; [15°23ʹ09ʺ S, 35°19ʹ07ʺ E]; Dec. 1894; BMNH GoogleMaps .

MOZAMBIQUE • 1 ♂, 1 ♀; valley of Kola River , near E Mt Chiperone; 6 Apr. 1913; S.A. Neave leg.; BMNH 1 ♂, 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 21 Nov. 1913; BMNH. – Manica Province • 1 ♂; 30 km NW of Catandica; [17°51ʹ42.2ʺ S, 32°58ʹ18.7ʺ E]; 17–18 Dec. 2003; J. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Zambezi, near Tambara, Cangare Lake ; [16°57ʹ36.67ʺ S, 34°05ʹ2.23ʺ E]; 3 May 1929; P. Lesne leg.; MNHN. – GoogleMaps Sofala Province • 1 ♀; near Beira, Manga ; [19°50ʹ S, 34°51ʹ E]; 27 Jul. 1929; P. Lesne leg.; MNHN GoogleMaps 1 ♂; Salone ; [18°10ʹ S, 35°47ʹ E]; 25 Oct. 1957; AMG GoogleMaps 1 ♂; Zambesi, Caia ; [17°49ʹ13ʺ S, 35°20ʹ39ʺ E]; 18 Apr. 1912; H. Swale leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps .

NAMIBIA – Otjozondjupa Region • 2 ♂♂; Waterberg ; 20°30ʹ S, 17°14ʹ E; 19 Dec. 1993; W. Mey leg.; ZMB GoogleMaps .

SOUTH AFRICA – Eastern Cape • 1 ♂; 60 km W of Grahamstown; 33°19ʹ S, 25°57ʹ E; 6 Jan. 2010; J. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps 1 ♂; Alexandria Forest ; [33°43ʹ S, 26°22ʹ E]; 15 Mar. 1981; D.W. and R.W. Gess leg.; AMG GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Algoa Bay ; [33°50ʹ S, 25°50ʹ E]; 18 Feb. 1896; H. Brauns leg.; TMP GoogleMaps 1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding but 23 Feb. 1896; TMP GoogleMaps 1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♂; Cannonvale ; 33°40ʹ S, 25°47ʹ E; 18 Dec. 1987; A.J. Weaving leg.; AMG GoogleMaps 1 ♂; East London ; [32°59ʹ S, 27°52ʹ E]; H. Brauns leg.; TMP GoogleMaps 1 ♂; East London, Queenʹs Park ; [33°00ʹ55ʺ S, 27°54ʹ41ʺ E]; 21Mar.1914; G.B. Longstaff leg.; OUMNH GoogleMaps 1♀; Grahamstown, Belmont Valley ; [33°19ʹ S, 26°38ʹ E]; 23 Jan. 1970; F.W. Gess leg.; AMG GoogleMaps 1 ♂; Grahamstown, Hilton ; [33°15ʹ S, 26°20ʹ E]; 6 Jan. 1983; D.W. Gess leg.; AMG GoogleMaps 1 ♂; Pondoland, Port St Johns ; [31°37ʹ22ʺ S, 29°32ʹ41ʺ E]; Nov. 1923; R.E. Turner leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps 2 ♂♂; same collection data as for preceding but 6–25 Feb. 1924; BMNH GoogleMaps . – KwaZulu-Natal • 1 ♀; Durban ; [29°53ʹ S, 31°03ʹ E]; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♂; Durban, Congella ; [29°53ʹ S, 31°03ʹ E]; 9 Nov. 1904; G.F. Leigh leg.; OUMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♂; False Bay ; 27°58ʹ S, 32°23ʹ E; 9–11 Mar. 1990; A.J. Weaving leg.; AMG GoogleMaps 1 ♂; Ithala Game Res., Savannah ; 27°30ʹ S, 31°20ʹ E; 4–10 Apr. 2001; F. Koch leg.; ZMB GoogleMaps 1 ♂; Kosi Bay Camp ; [27°00ʹ18.2ʺ S, 32°51ʹ31.2ʺ E]; 27 Jan. 2003; M. Snižek leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps 3 ♂♂; Kosi Bay Nature Reserve ; 26°58ʹ S, 32°50ʹ E; 19 Apr. 1999; F. Koch leg.; ZMB GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Lake St Lucia, Fanies Island ; 28°06ʹ S, 32°26ʹ E; 21–25 Feb. 1987; A.J. Weaving leg.; AMG GoogleMaps 2 ♂♂; Maputaland , SW of Manguzi; [27°00ʹ48.5ʺ S, 32°43ʹ24.1ʺ E]; 29 Jan. 2003; M. Snižek leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps 2 ♂♂; Ndumu Game Reserve ; 26°53ʹ S, 32°18ʹ E; 5 Oct. 1982; J.G.H. Londt leg.; AMG GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Pongola ; [27°22ʹ41ʺ S, 31°37ʹ08ʺ E]; 10 Apr. 1951; H.W. Bedford leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Sodwana Bay National Park ; 27°37ʹ S, 32°41ʹ E; 1 Feb. 1994; F. Koch leg.; ZMB GoogleMaps 1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding but 7–10 Apr. 2001; ZMB GoogleMaps 1 ♀; St Michaels ; 30°49ʹ121ʺ S, 30°24ʹ119ʺ E [sic]; 14 Jan. 1953; E. Mc.C. Callan leg.; AMG 3 ♂♂; St. Lucia Park ( Charterʹs Creek ); 28°12ʹ S, 32°25ʹ E; 7 Feb. 1995; F. Koch leg.; ZMB GoogleMaps 1 ♂; near Tembe Elephant Park (Jozini); [27°25ʹ48ʺ S, 32°04ʹ1.2ʺ E]; 22 Jan. 2003; V. Krivan leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps 1 ♂; Umlalazi River near Mtunzini; 28°56ʹ S, 31°15ʹ E; 2 Oct. 1982; J.G.H. Londt leg.; AMG GoogleMaps . – Limpopo • 1 ♂; N of Nylstroom [now Modimolle]; 24°40ʹ S, 28°30ʹ E; 14 Jan. 2008; M. Halada leg.; THD-013-OOLM ; GenBank CO1 gene: MW538567 View Materials ; GenBank LWR gene: MW582293 View Materials ; OÖLM GoogleMaps 6 ♂♂, 2 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding; OÖLM GoogleMaps 1 ♂; Thabazimbi , 40 km S of Koedoeskop; [24°35ʹ29ʺ N, 27°24ʹ41ʺ E]; 1–5 Mar. 1999; J. and R. Oehlke leg.; coll. Jacobs. GoogleMaps Mpumalanga • 1 ♂; Nwaswitshaka Camp, Kruger National Park ; [24°59ʹ45ʺ S, 31°35ʹ31ʺ E]; 21 Dec. 1994; C.L. Bellamy leg.; AMNH GoogleMaps . – Western Cape • 2 ♀♀; George , 8 mi. E of Silver Kloof; [33°57ʹ46ʺ S, 22°27ʹ42ʺ E]; 28 Feb. 1914; G.B. Longstaff leg.; OUMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Knysna, 14 mi. from road to George, Homtini Kloof ; [34°02ʹ10ʺ S, 23°02ʹ49ʺ E]; 24 Feb. 1914; G.B. Longstaff leg.; OUMNH GoogleMaps .

TANZANIA • 1 ♀; “ East Africa ”; F. Stuhlmann leg.; ZMB 1 ♀; “ German East Africa ”; E. Fischer leg.; ZMB 1 ♀; Lake Rukwa , E of Ukimbu; 25–27 Aug. 1899; Glauning leg.; ZMB. – Arusha Region • 4 ♀♀; 5 mi. S of Momela Lodge; [3°18ʹ10ʺ S, 36°51ʹ51ʺ E]; 9 Jan. 1970; M.E. Irwin and E.S. Ross leg.; CAS GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Momela, Mt Meru ; 3°15ʹ S, 36°51ʹ E; 12–13 Jan. 1972; C.F. Huggins leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Momella Lakes, Mount Meru ; [3°18ʹ10ʺ S, 36°51ʹ51ʺ E]; 20–31 Jan. 1964; W. Forster leg.; CAS GoogleMaps 1 ♂; Mto wa Mbu , Lake Manyara National Park ; [3°21ʹ S, 35°51ʹ E]; 27 Nov. 1969; M.E. Irwin and E.S. Ross leg.; CAS. – GoogleMaps Dar es Salaam Region • 1 ♀; Dar es Salaam; [6°48ʹ S, 39°17ʹ E]; Aug.–Sep. 1902; Meinhof leg.; ZMB. – GoogleMaps Kilimanjaro Region • 1 ♀, paralectotype of Sphex kilimandjaroensis Cameron, 1908 ; Kilimanjaro, Kibonoto ; [3°05ʹ5.9ʺ S, 37°20ʹ38.5ʺ E]; alt. 1300–1900 m; 11 May 1905; Y. Sjöstedt leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♂; same collection data as for preceding but 3 May; NRS GoogleMaps 1 ♂; Kihuiro [now Kihurio] ; [4°27ʹ53.5ʺ S, 38°04ʹ28.4ʺ E]; 15 Jan. 1906; Schröder leg.; ZMB. – GoogleMaps Mbeya Region • 1 ♀; Langenburg [now Tukuyu] ; [9°15ʹ S, 33°39ʹ E]; 26 Jul.–8 Aug. 1898; F. Fülleborn leg.; ZMB GoogleMaps 2 ♀♀; same collection data as for preceding but 9–19 Aug. 1898; ZMB GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Manow ; [9°15ʹ S, 33°48ʹ E]; MNHN. – GoogleMaps Mjini Magharibi Region • 1 ♂; Zanzibar; [6°08ʹ S, 39°20ʹ E]; ZMB. – GoogleMaps Mwanza Region • 1 ♂, 1 ♀; Ukerewe Island ; [2°01ʹ45.48ʺ S, 33°00ʹ35.27ʺ E]; A. Conrads leg.; ZMB. – GoogleMaps Pwani Region • 1 ♀; 15 km W of Kibiti; 7°47ʹ S, 38°49ʹ E; 15 Jan. 2007; J. Halada leg.; OÖLM. – GoogleMaps Tanga Region • 1 ♀; Gierra leg.; MNHN GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Amani Research Institute ; [5°05ʹ S, 38°40ʹ E]; Nov. 1905; C. Schröder leg.; ZMB GoogleMaps 1 ♀; same locality as for preceding; Feb. 1908; J. Vosseler leg.; ZMB GoogleMaps 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but 20 Feb. 1908; ZMB GoogleMaps 1 ♂; Usambara, Nguela ( Ngwelo ); [5°04ʹ59ʺ S, 38°45ʹ59.5ʺ E]; Rolle leg.; ZMB GoogleMaps .

UGANDA – Western Region • 1 ♂; Semliki Plains, near S shore of Lake Albert; [0°59ʹ17ʺ N, 30°30ʹ09ʺ E]; alt. 2200 ft; 25–27 Nov. 1911; S.A. Neave leg.; BMNH GoogleMaps .

ZAMBIA – Central Province • 2 ♂♂, 6 ♀♀; 70 km NE of Kapiri Mposhi ; 13°41ʹ S, 29°18ʹ E; 21 Nov. 2005; M. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps 3 ♂♂, 3 ♀♀; same locality as for preceding; [13°41ʹ S, 29°18ʹ E]; 21 Nov. 2005; M. Snižek leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps 1 ♀; “ Mid. Luangwa Valley ”; alt. 1700 ft; 28 Feb. 1908; S.A. Neave leg.; OUMNH . – Eastern Province • 1 ♀; “ Up. Luangwa Valley ”; alt. 1800–2000 ft; 17 Mar. 1908; S.A. Neave leg.; OUMNH . – Muchinga Province • 2 ♀♀; “ L. Chambezi V. , Mpika distr. ”; alt. 3900 ft; 18 May 1908; S.A. Neave leg.; OUMNH 1 ♀; “ Mid. Chambezi Valley, Chinsali distr. ”; alt. 4000 ft; 28 Apr. 1908; S.A. Neave leg.; OUMNH . – Northern Province • 1 ♀; “ High Plateau S Lake Tanganyika (dense forest) ”; alt. 4500 ft; 24–25 Aug. 1908; S.A. Neave leg.; OUMNH 1 ♀; “ L. Chambezi V. , Kasama distr. ”; alt. 3900 ft; 12–13 May 1908; S.A. Neave leg.; OUMNH 1 ♂, paratype of Sphex incomptus anonymus Leclercq, 1955 ; Abercorn [now Mbala] ; [8°50ʹ S, 31°28ʹ E]; Feb. 1943; IRSN GoogleMaps 1 ♀; same collection data as for preceding but Oct. 1943; IRSN GoogleMaps 1 ♀; E shore of Lake Bangweolo; alt. 3800 ft; 25 May 1908; S.A. Neave leg.; OUMNH . – North-Western Province • 1 ♀; 150 km S of Mwinilunga; 13°11ʹ S, 24°14ʹ E; 18 Oct. 2008; M. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps . – Southern Province • 1 ♀; Victoria Falls ; [17°51ʹ S, 25°52ʹ E]; 11 Nov. 1967; E.S. Ross and A.R. Stephen leg.; CAS GoogleMaps .

ZIMBABWE – Manicaland • 1 ♀; Mt Chirinda, Melsetter [now Chimanimani District] ; [20°24ʹ36ʺ S, 32°40ʹ08ʺ E]; 6 Oct. 1905; G. Marshall leg.; OUMNH GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Mt Selinda ; [20°25ʹ23.3ʺ S, 32°42ʹ25.3ʺ E]; 24 Jan. 1998; Ma. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Umtali [now Mutare] ; [18°58ʹ S, 32°38ʹ E]; 4 Apr. 1931; P.A. Sheppard leg.; TMP GoogleMaps . – Mashonaland Central • 6 ♂♂; Mavhuradonha Saf. , 15 km SE of Muzarabani; [16°33ʹ33ʺ S, 31°14ʹ22.8ʺ E]; 17 Dec. 1998; J. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps . – Mashonaland West • 2 ♂♂; Kwekwe, Ngezi Recreational Park ; [18°41ʹ12.2ʺ S, 30°24ʹ2.2ʺ E]; 1 Dec. 1998; J. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps 1 ♀; Lomagundi [now Makonde District] ; [16°37ʹ44ʺ S, 30°08ʹ25ʺ E]; 1 Mar. 1938; R.H.R. Stevenson leg.; RMNH GoogleMaps . – Masvingo Province • 1 ♂; Mushandike National Park , Masvingo; [20°03ʹ45ʺ S, 30°49ʹ25ʺ E]; 10 Dec. 1998; J. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps . – Matabeleland South • 1 ♀; near Nalatale Ruins, 70 km SW of Gweru; [19°52ʹ57.5ʺ S, 29°31ʹ30.7ʺ E]; Dec. 2011; J. Halada leg.; OÖLM GoogleMaps .

Description

Female

SIZE. 22.5–27.9 mm.

COLOR. Black except for the following, which are ferruginous: basal half of mandible, free clypeal margin and apical segment of metasoma. Forewing fuscous, with cyan-violet iridescence, hindwing slightly fuscous.

VESTITURE. Appressed setae on clypeus and paraocular area silvery, on collar, scutum and propodeal enclosure black. Erect setae on clypeus, paraocular area, collar, scutum and propodeal enclosure black. Erect propodeal setae oriented posteriorly. Clypeus medially with broad vertical glabrous stripe. Scutellum densely and coarsely pubescent.

STRUCTURE. Free clypeal margin with broad, gently notched, shovel-like process medially, not markedly stepped above. Clypeus with notable indentation in lower center and longitudinal carina above. Scutellum convex. Metanotum not raised, not bituberculate. 2 nd recurrent vein joins markedly proximal from interstitium between submarginal cells II and III. Propodeal enclosure without any notable ridges. Foretarsomere I 2.5–3.2× length of antepenultimate spine. Petiole length 1.4–2.1× its medial width.

Male

SIZE. 15.2–24.1 mm.

COLOR. Black except for ferruginous stripe in center of mandible. Forewing fuscous, with cyan-violet iridescence, hindwing slightly fuscous.

VESTITURE.Appressed setae on clypeus, paraocular area, collar, posterolaterally on scutum and posteriorly of propodeal enclosure silvery, black on remainder of scutum and propodeal enclosure. Erect setae on clypeus, collar, scutum and propodeal enclosure black, uniformly black or intermixed with silvery ones on paraocular area and at posterior propodeal margin. Erect propodeal setae oriented posteriorly. Lower center of clypeus glabrous. Scutellum densely and coarsely pubescent. Metasomal sterna II–VII with increasingly dense fringes of black setae.

STRUCTURE. Free clypeal margin simple. Clypeus with notable carina in upper center. Scutellum convex. Metanotum not raised, not bituberculate. 2 nd recurrent vein joins markedly proximal from interstitium between submarginal cells II and III. Propodeal enclosure without any notable ridges. Posterior margin of metasomal tergum VII gently notched. Posterior margin of metasomal sternum VII simple, of metasomal sternum VIII concavely emarginate. Penis valvae without conspicuous modifications. Petiole length 2.6–2.8 × its medial width. Flagellomere V with narrow placoid covering its proximal four-fifths, and tapering medially or distally.

Variation

In males, the color of the appressed setae posterolaterally on the collar, scutum and propodeum as well as the erect setae at the posterior propodeal margin varies between silvery and black.

Distribution

Eastern to southeastern Africa.

Remarks

As mentioned above in the Remarks on S. incomptus , the subspecies proposed by Leclercq in 1955, S. incomptus anonymus , is actually a synonym of S. nigrohirtus , which resulted from confusing statements by Arnold (1928).

ZMB

Germany, Berlin, Museum fuer Naturkunde der Humboldt-Universitaet

MNHN

France, Paris, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle

IRSN

Belgium, Brussels, Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique

BMNH

United Kingdom, London, The Natural History Museum [formerly British Museum (Natural History)]

ICIPE

ICIPE

CAS

USA, California, San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences

RMNH

Netherlands, Leiden, Nationaal Natuurhistorische Museum ("Naturalis") [formerly Rijksmuseum van Natuurlijke Historie]

AMG

South Africa, Cape Province, Grahamstown, Albany Museum

TMP

Taiwan [Republic of China], Taipei, Taiwan Provincial Museum

OUMNH

United Kingdom, Oxford, University Museum of Natural History

AMNH

USA, New York, New York, American Museum of Natural History

NRS

Sweden, Stockholm, Naturhistoriska riksmuseet

ZMB

Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (Zoological Collections)

IRSN

Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique

MRAC

Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale

CAS

California Academy of Sciences

RMNH

National Museum of Natural History, Naturalis

AMG

Albany Museum

TMP

Transvaal Museum

AMNH

American Museum of Natural History

NRS

Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Vespidae

Genus

Sphex

Loc

Sphex nigrohirtus Kohl, 1895

Dörfel, Thorleif H. & Ohl, Michael 2022
2022
Loc

Sphex incomptus anonymus

Leclercq J. 1955: 12
1955
Loc

Sphex nigrohirtus

Kohl F. F. 1895: 66
1895