Afroptera longicornis ( 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: 48-50

publication ID

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

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scientific name

Afroptera longicornis ( Tjeder, 1967 )
status

comb. nov.

Afroptera longicornis ( Tjeder, 1967)   comb. nov.

( Figs 73 View FIGURES 67–78 , 93 View FIGURES 90–95 , 108 View FIGURES 107–110 , 115 View FIGURES 115–122 , 153 View FIGURES 153–154 )

Synonymy

Nemopterella longicornis Tjeder, 1967: 473   .

Etymology. Unknown, probably derived from the Latin words long and cornu (horn) (long-horn) for its long antennae. Type locality. South Africa, Northern Cape Province. Marydale, 29°20’19’’S 22°05’50’’E.

Type depository. TMSA   .

Diagnosis. This species is most closely related to A. munroi   based on external morphology. It is separable from A. munroi   , by its longer antennae ( Fig. 108 View FIGURES 107–110 ) and the distinct lateral stripes on pronotum and mesonotum ( Fig. 93 View FIGURES 90–95 ). It is further characterised by the more rounded forewing apex with a slight emargination before the apex ( Fig. 115 View FIGURES 115–122 ).

Size (mm). Male: body length 9.2 (7.4–11.9); forewing 21.8 (19.7–26.4); hind wing 54.2 (44.8–63.7); antenna 21.9 (19.8–26.5); Female: body length 11.7 (10.2–13.3); forewing 23.3 (20.0–25.6); hind wing 50.8 (50–56); antenna 16.1 (13.2–17.1). (N = 136).

Type material examined. SOUTH AFRICA, Northern Cape Province. Holotype ♂ ( Fig. 108 View FIGURES 107–110 ), TMSA02067 View Materials   , HOLOTYPE Neu 086, Nemopterella longicornis Tjeder   (red printed label) / MARYDALE 5 m North [29°20’19’’S 22°05’50’’E], 9–10.X.1954, A.J.T.Janse (white printed label) GoogleMaps   / Holotypus ♂, Nemopterella longicornis Tjed Bo Tjeder 1966   (red handwritten label). Paratypes: 2♂ 1♀, same data as holotype. (All TMSA) GoogleMaps   .

Other material examined. SOUTH AFRICA, Northern Cape Province. 2♂, TMSA00751 View Materials   , MARYDALE, 5 m North [29°20’19’’S 22°05’50’’E], 9–10.x.1954, A.J.T.Janse / Nemopterella longicornis Tjeder, 1967   , Det. M.W.Mansell 2013. ( TMSA) GoogleMaps   . 63♂ 68♀, NEUR08942   , Richtersveld, Jenkins Kop , 28°43’S 17°15’E, 600m, 9.x.1991, M.W.Mansell, R.G.Oberprieler, Mercury vapour light. ( SANC) GoogleMaps   .

Distribution and habitat. This species is only known from the Northern Cape Province, South Africa ( Fig. 153 View FIGURES 153–154 ). The ranges of distribution are mainly centred in the Bushmanland and Richtersveld Bioregions in the Nama and Succulent Karoo Biomes respectively ( Mucina & Rutherford 2006). Both areas are dry, in the former, late summer–early autumn rains are dominant and vegetation cover primarily consists of grasses and succulent shrubs. While in the latter, winter rains are prevalent and the frequent fogs typify the area, which makes it more humid. The vegetation cover mainly comprises succulent shrubs and herbs.

Remarks. This species is sympatric with A. apicalis in Marydale.  

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 longicornis ( Tjeder, 1967 )

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

Nemopterella longicornis

Tjeder, B. 1967: 473
1967