Afroptera nigrosetosa ( 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: 55

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-A76F-FF86-FF0D-FD4B30EE58C0

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scientific name

Afroptera nigrosetosa ( Tjeder, 1967 )
status

comb. nov.

Afroptera nigrosetosa ( Tjeder, 1967)   comb. nov.

( Figs 70 View FIGURES 67–78 , 91 View FIGURES 90–95 , 112 View FIGURES 111–114 , 122 View FIGURES 115–122 , 145 View FIGURES 141–145 , 153 View FIGURES 153–154 )

Synonymy

Nemopterella nigrosetosa Tjeder, 1967: 480   .

Etymology. Unknown, but probably derived from the Latin words nigra (black) and setosus (seta) (black setae) for the black pubescence on the prescutum and abdominal venter.

Type locality. South Africa, Northern Cape Province, Soebatsfontein , 30°07’08’’S 17°35’27’’E GoogleMaps   .

Type depository. TMSA   .

Diagnosis. Morphologically similar to A. sabuleti   , with slender forewings, blackish abdomen and the same pubescence patterns on the abdomen and thorax. However, A. nigrosetosa   is typified by the yellowish brown vertex with a pair of round spots near the eye margins ( Fig. 145 View FIGURES 141–145 ), while in A. sabuleti   the vertex is reddish yellow without spots.

Size (mm). Male: body length 9.8 (8.6–11.5); forewing 23.0 (20–25.8); hind wing 53.0 (45–60.9); antenna 19.3 (15.1–22.6). Female: body length 12.4 (11–14.1); forewing 22.9 (19.3–25.6); hind wing 51.6 (42.3–60.3); antenna 13.6 (12.9–15). (N = 56).

Type material examined. SOUTH AFRICA, Northern Cape Province. Holotype ♂ ( Fig. 112 View FIGURES 111–114 ), TMSA02069 View Materials   , HOLOTYPE Neu 043, Nemopterella nigrosetosa Tjeder   (red printed label) / SOEBATSFONTEIN [30°07’08’’S 17°35’27’’E], 13–14.11’33, G.van Son (white printed label) GoogleMaps   / Holotypus ♂ Nemopterella nigrosetosa Tjed., Bo Tjeder 1966   (red handwritten label). Paratypes: 2♂ 14♀, same data as holotype. (All TMSA) GoogleMaps   .

Other material examined. SOUTH AFRICA, Northern Cape Province. 2♂ 26♀, TMSA00762 View Materials   , Soebatsfontein [30°07’08’’S 17°35’27’’E], 13– 14.11.1933, G.van Son / Nemopterella nigrosetosa Tjeder, 1967   , Det. M.W.Mansell 2013 GoogleMaps   ; 4♀, TMSA00767 View Materials   , same locality IV.54, A.J.T.Janse   ; 1♂, Omsberg Water, TMSA00769 View Materials   , Richtersveld , 23.ix.1991, M.Krüger leg. (All TMSA)   ; 5♂, NEUR09617   , Lang Hoogte Mine Office , 29°32’S 17°23’E, 100m, 30.x.1996, A.J.van Wyk GoogleMaps   ; 1♂, NEUR09768   , same locality and collector, 9.x.1996   ; 1♂, NEUR09769   , same locality, 16.x.1996, J.duG. Harrison; (All SANC)   .

Distribution and habitat. This species is only known from the Northern Cape Province ( Fig. 153 View FIGURES 153–154 ), and has been reported from localities mainly centred in the Namaqualand Hardeveld and Richtersveld Bioregions in the Succulent Karoo Biome ( Mucina & Rutherford 2006). Generally, both areas are dry (semi-desert) typified by winter rains. The topography in the former bioregion is primarily undulating plains rich in heuweltjies, covered in low dwarf succulent shrubs of Heuweltjieveld vegetation type, while in the latter the habitats vary from rocky outcrops to sand dunes covered in leaf-succulent shrubs.

Remarks. This species is sympatric with Nemia lata Tjeder   in the Soebatsfontein area.

TMSA

Transvaal Museum

SANC

Agricultural Research Council-Plant Protection Research Institute

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Neuroptera

Family

Nemopteridae

Genus

Afroptera

Loc

Afroptera nigrosetosa ( Tjeder, 1967 )

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

Nemopterella nigrosetosa

Tjeder, B. 1967: 480
1967