Afroptera pruinosa ( Tjeder, 1967 ), Abdalla & Mansell & Sole, 2019

Abdalla, Ishtiag H., Mansell, Mervyn W. & Sole, Catherine L., 2019, Revision of the southern African genera Nemopterella Banks and Nemia Navás (Neuroptera: Nemopteridae: Nemopterinae), with descriptions of new genera and species, Zootaxa 4635 (1), pp. 1-89: 68

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4635.1.1

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:E1AC3BD4-6FCB-49F9-8069-624760C2CAF7

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03DBDF51-A71A-FFF3-FF0D-FCC0311E5999

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scientific name

Afroptera pruinosa ( Tjeder, 1967 )
status

comb. nov.

Afroptera pruinosa ( Tjeder, 1967)   comb. nov.

( Figs 113 View FIGURES 111–114 , 121 View FIGURES 115–122 , 153 View FIGURES 153–154 )

Synonymy

Nemopterella pruinosa Tjeder, 1967: 486   .

Etymology. Unknown, but probably from the Latin word purinos (smoke, frost, purinas) for its extensively powdered greyish body.

Type locality. South Africa, Northern Cape Province. Houmoed , 29°18’53’’S 19°32’47’’E GoogleMaps   .

Type depository. TMSA   .

Diagnosis. Afroptera pruinosa   is a small species with greyish pruinose thorax. Superficially similar to A. koranna   through its small size, pruinose brown body, unstriped thorax and sparse short black hairs on the prescutum disc. It can be distinguished from A. koranna   by a combination of the following characters: A. pruinosa   has a blackish brown abdomen with white hair on the dorsum and venter, while in A. koranna   the abdomen is brown with white hair on the dorsum and black hair on the venter. Afroptera pruinosa   also has forewings with a rounded apex but with a slight emargination before the apex ( Fig. 121 View FIGURES 115–122 ), while in A. koranna   the apex is rounded without emargination.

Type material examined. SOUTH AFRICA, Northern Cape Province. Holotype ♂ ( Fig. 113 View FIGURES 111–114 ), TMSA02072 View Materials   , HOLOTYPE Neu 102, Nemopterella pruinosa Tjeder   (red printed label) / Houmoed [29°18’53’’S 19°32’47’’E], N.W. Cape, 20.X.1955, H.K.Munro (white handwritten label) GoogleMaps   / Holotypus ♂, Nemopterella pruinosa Tjed., Bo   Tjed- er 1966 (red handwritten label). ( TMSA)   .

Distribution and habitat. This species is recorded from the Northern Cape Province and is known only from the type locality in the Nama Karoo Biome ( Fig. 153 View FIGURES 153–154 ). The locality falls within the Bushmanland Inselberg Shrubland vegetation unit in the Bushmanland Bioregion ( Mucina & Rutherford 2006). See description of the habitat under distribution of A. dyscrita   . The area receives late summer rains ranging between 70–120 mm from February to April.

Remarks. The species is represented by the male holotype only and occurs sympatrically with A. munroi   .

TMSA

Transvaal Museum

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Neuroptera

Family

Nemopteridae

Genus

Afroptera

Loc

Afroptera pruinosa ( Tjeder, 1967 )

Abdalla, Ishtiag H., Mansell, Mervyn W. & Sole, Catherine L. 2019
2019
Loc

Nemopterella pruinosa

Tjeder, B. 1967: 486
1967