Afroptera aequabilis ( 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: 30

publication ID

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

publication LSID

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persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03DBDF51-A744-FFAD-FF0D-FEF435525941

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scientific name

Afroptera aequabilis ( Tjeder, 1967 )
status

comb. nov.

Afroptera aequabilis ( Tjeder, 1967)   comb. nov.

( Figs 65 View FIGURES 56–66 , 103 View FIGURES 102–105 , 107 View FIGURES 107–110 , 117 View FIGURES 115–122 , 153 View FIGURES 153–154 )

Synonymy

Nemopterella aequabilis Tjeder, 1967: 483   .

Etymology. Unknown.

Type locality. SOUTH AFRICA, Northern Cape Province. Prieska , 17 miles north, 29°25’15’’S 22°48’06’’E GoogleMaps   .

Type depository. TMSA   .

Diagnosis. This species is most closely related to A. apicalis   . Both species are small with a narrow rounded apex to forewing ( Figs 117, 120 View FIGURES 115–122 ). Afroptera aequabilis   can be distinguished from A. apicalis   by the following characteristics: A. aequabilis   is characterised by having pale brownish antennae while the antennae in A. apicalis   are whitish yellow; A. aequabilis   has black hairs on the prescutum disc ( Fig. 103 View FIGURES 102–105 ) while in A. apicalis   the prescutum disc is covered by white hairs ( Fig. 105 View FIGURES 102–105 ); A. aequabilis   is characterised by having the dark area of the hind wing as long as white apical area ( Fig. 107 View FIGURES 107–110 ), while in A. apicalis   the dark area is shorter than the white ( Fig. 110 View FIGURES 107–110 ).

Size (mm). Male: body length 10.3 (8.9–10.7); forewing 20.9 (18.2–22); hind wing 46.1 (36–48); antenna 14.4 (12–18.8). Female: body length 10.8 (9.4–11.3); forewing 20.3 (17–22); hind wing 43.4 (36–46); antenna 13.6 (10.4–14.9). (N = 46)

Type material examined. SOUTH AFRICA, Northern Cape Province. Holotype ♂, TMSA02057 View Materials , HOLO- TYPE, Neu 062, Nemopterella aequabilis Tjeder   (red, printed) / Prieska 17 m North of [29°25’15’’S 22°48’06’’E], 7–8.x.1954, A.J.T.Janse (white, printed) GoogleMaps   / Holotypus ♂, Nemopterella aequabilis Tjed, Bo Tjeder 1966   (red–handwritten). Paratype s: 19♀, same data as holotype GoogleMaps   ; 4♀, TMSA02058 View Materials , Niekerkshoop [29°19’37’’S 22°50’13’’E], 18.x.1955, H.K.Munro (white, printed) GoogleMaps   / Paratypus Nemopterella aequabilis Tjed 1966   ’ (red, handwritten). ( All TMSA)   .

Other material examined. SOUTH AFRICA, Northern Cape Province: 4♂ 19♀, TMSA02057 View Materials   , Prieska 17 m north of [29°25’15’’S 22°48’06’’E], 7.viii.1954, A.J.T.Janse / Det. M.W.Mansell 2013. ( TMSA) GoogleMaps   .

Distribution and habitat. Afroptera aequabilis   is known only from the Nama Karoo Biome in the Northern Cape Province ( Fig. 153 View FIGURES 153–154 ). The distribution falls mainly within the Lower Gariep Broken Veld and Northern Upper Karoo vegetation units in Bushmanland and Upper Karoo Bioregions, respectively ( Mucina & Rutherford 2006). The description of the habitat in the former vegetation unit is given under the distribution of S. arenaria   . The habitat in the latter vegetation unit is in a flat area with sparse hills, vegetated mostly by dwarf karoo shrubs, grasses and Acacia mellifera   sub sp. detinens with some low trees in the north and towards the Orange River ( Mucina & Rutherford 2006).

TMSA

Transvaal Museum

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Neuroptera

Family

Nemopteridae

Genus

Afroptera

Loc

Afroptera aequabilis ( Tjeder, 1967 )

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

Nemopterella aequabilis

Tjeder, B. 1967: 483
1967