Spialia mangana Rebel, 1899,

Cock, Matthew J. W., 2016, Observations on the biology of Afrotropical Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera) with particular reference to Kenya. Part 10. Pyrginae, Carcharodini, Zootaxa 4173 (4), pp. 301-350: 337

publication ID

http://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4173.4.1

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:3E955EB2-79DE-462C-B3EE-E4AF334D1F61

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/B14087C8-FF9C-927E-16BA-FE9CFC42027E

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scientific name

Spialia mangana Rebel, 1899
status

 

Spialia mangana Rebel, 1899 

De Jong (1978) placed S. mangana  in the delagoae  group of Spialia  species. It was described from Yemen (Rebel 1899) and its range extends from the southern Arabian Peninsula through Ethiopia, Somalia and north-western Kenya and Uganda (De Jong 1978), with outlying populations in northern Oman (Feulner 2007) and the United Arab Emirates ( UAE) (Feulner & Roobas 2014). This is a little known species and the food plants and life history are unknown. Feulner & Roobas (2014) state that ‘circumstantial evidence points most strongly towards’ the food plant in Oman and UAE being Melhania muricata  (a name absent from Tropicos 2015 and unresolved in The Plant List 2015). This is based on the fact that S. zebra  feed on Melhania  spp., and M. muricata  is the only ‘Sterculiaceae’ found where S. mangana  was found. Given that Melhania  spp. are now considered to be Malvaceae  , which incorporates Sterculiaceae  (see Introduction), and that S. mangana  and S. zebra  are members of the delagoae  group, whose food plants include Hermannia  spp., Hibiscus  spp. and Pavonia  spp. ( Table 2), then although M. muricata  may well prove to be a food plant, other low-growing Malvaceae  found in these localised areas of Oman and UAE, also should be considered potential food plants.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Lepidoptera

Family

Hesperiidae

Genus

Spialia