Meria servillei (GUÉRIN 1837) Boni, 2009

Boni, M., 2009, Afrotropical species of the ancient genus Meria ILLIGER 1807 (Hymenoptera, Tiphiidae), Linzer biologische Beiträge 41 (2), pp. 1817-1861 : 1838-1839

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Meria servillei (GUÉRIN 1837)


Meria servillei (GUÉRIN 1837) comb.nov.

Myzine servillei GUÈRIN 1837: 576 - Neotype here designated to ensure name’s proper and consistent use: SouthAfrica = / S.B Myzine servillei Cap B.Sp. / / Spin / / Peringuey Cap?/ (blue) / Type / (red), MHNG.

M a t e r i a l Ƌ - South Africa = (1) /CAP/ /Servillei Guer Broch, Myz. p10/, MHNG.

Male. Neotype. Figs 70-76 View Figs . Measurements: body length = 15 mm.

Here the very brief Guérin’s description: "Tête et antennes noires sans taches. Thorax noir avec deux petites stries jaunes interrompues sur le prothorax. Ailes transparentes, incolores; pattes fauves avec les cuisses noires; abdomen noir avec le bord fauve; le premier segment ayant une bande et les autres trois taches postérieurs jaunes. Dessous sans taches, avec le bord postérieur des segment brunatre. Longueur, 16 millimetres. Du Cap". The specimen here named neotype shows the following small differences from his description: mostly yellow clypeal disk, a small spot on Es 2 and LaSt 2, fore coxa, a spot on mid and hind coxae, lateral spots on 7 th tergum, yellowish narrow apical, laterally indented, stripes on 2 nd to 6 th sterna too. The most significative difference is the presence of the yellowish stripes on the sterna, since the other ones concern morphological particulars that Guérin regularly overlooked in the descriptions. The basic body colour of the head and mesosoma is black, of metasoma brown. The distal half of 2 nd to 6 th sterna is ferruginous brown, but the narrow area between indentation which is as brown as basal half of the metameri. PoG short but clearly expressed and quite swollen together with hypostomal basis. cOc complete. Secu stripe covering all the thickness of flagellomeri. Fore border of N 1 with a lamellar keel just on the mid and worn out laterally where it becomes blunt. Back half of Em 3 finely wrinkled. Anteroventral corner of P roughly wrinkled. Fore (inner) surface of mid femur almost completely set with very weak p and hair. Longitudinal strong lamellar keel along inner ventral edge of X 3. Gradulus on 2 nd to 6 th tergum. Gradulus on 7 th tergum irregular and worn out laterally. It lacks last three right and ten left flagellomeri.

The other specimen shows a continuous subapical stripe on N 1 disk and lacks seven right and three left flagellomeri.