Allantus elegans Mocsáry, 1909,

Taeger, Andreas, 2013, The type specimens of Tenthredo Linnaeus, 1758 (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae) deposited in the Hungarian Natural History Museum, Zootaxa 3626 (2), pp. 201-244: 212

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Allantus elegans Mocsáry, 1909


Allantus elegans Mocsáry, 1909 

A junior subjective synonym of Tenthredo megacephala Cameron, 1899  . Synonymy by Saini et al. (2006).

TYPES. Allantus elegans Mocsáry, 1909: 31  –32. Syntype (s) Ƥ, “ Tonkin: Montes Mauson, in altitudine 2–3000 pedum ”. Lectotype Ƥ, hereby designated ( Fig. 14View FIGURES 14 – 16. 14). Type locality: “ Tonkin: Montes Mauson, 2–3000 ’ ” [= Vietnam, Mau Son mountains].

= Tenthredo Gribodoi  [sic!] Konow, 1898: 89–90. Syntype (s) Ƥ, “ Birma (Chan-Yoma)”. Lectotype Ƥ, hereby designated ( Fig. 15View FIGURES 14 – 16. 14). Type locality: “Chan Yoma Birmania ”. Deposited in SDEI. Primary homonym of Tenthredo gribodoi  Costa, 1894 [= Tenthredo (Tenthredella) procera Klug, 1817  ].

= Tenthredella birmensis  Rohwer, 1917: 151. Replacement name for Tenthredo gribodoi Konow, 1898  .

DISCUSSION. The taxon is treated sometimes as a subspecies of T. megacephala  , or even as a valid species (Wei et al. 2003, 2006). The subgeneric association of T. megacephala  is uncertain. There is a great similarity to Endotethryx Lacourt, 1997  species (e.g., T. adusta Motschulsky, 1866  ), but the shape of the claws is very different, as the inner tooth is much larger than the outer one (in Endotethryx  the teeth are nearly equal in size).

Saini (2007: 130–131) suggested that holotypes existed (“ Type at...”) for the involved taxa, and in the case of T. birmensis  “ Type at USNM, Washington”. The taxa are all based on syntypes, and as T. birmensis  is a replacement name, its types are those of T. gribodoi  (held at the SDEI). Konow (1898) noted for gribodoi  a rather dark colouration (lectotype, Fig. 15View FIGURES 14 – 16. 14, 1View FIGURE 1 Ƥ paralectotype with the same data, SDEI), but this seems to be a result of maceration caused by keeping the specimens wet for a longer time. The lectotype of A. elegans  ( Fig. 14View FIGURES 14 – 16. 14) shows the normal colouration of the taxon and is surely conspecific with gribodoi  . See also under Allantus fulvipennis  .