Capnioneura petitpierreae Aubert, 1961,

Errochdi, Sanae, Alami, Majida El, Vinçon, Gilles, Abdaoui, Abdelali & Ghamizi, Mohamed, 2014, Contribution to the knowledge of Moroccan and Maghrebin stoneflies (Plecoptera), Zootaxa 3838 (1): -1

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Capnioneura petitpierreae Aubert, 1961


Capnioneura petitpierreae Aubert, 1961 

Material examined. Rif: Chefchaouen, Laou v.: Tamalout r., Talassemtane village, 860 m, 20.10.2003, 2 female, 14 N; Saguia of Anssar Afaska, 1293 m, 18.10.2003, 1 male, 3 female, 14 N; Hajra r., 300 m, 1 male, 7 N (ELA); Taria r., Talassemtane Park, 1200 m, 25.11.2008, 10 N; North of Maggo town r., 905 m, 10.12.2007, 2 male; Ouara Khizana r., Rills spr, 930 m, 10.12.2007, 1 male, 3 female; Ras el Ma Affluent, 457 m, 28.12.2012, 2 male, 2 female, 5 N (ERR). Tetouan, Martil v.: Hamma r., Bouanane spr., 400 m, 21.03.1997, 3 male, 1 female, 10 N (ELA).

Distribution ( Fig. 9View FIGURE 9). A Betico-Maghrebin species with wide Maghreb distribution, in northern Morocco to Tunisia and extending in Andalucía. In Morocco, this species was reported for the first time by Aubert (1961) from a Rifan stream near Mount Tidirhine. It has also been collected in several other localities in the Rif ( Meinander 1967, Sánchez-Ortega & Azzouz 1998, Errochdi & El Alami 2008, Errochdi et al. 2014), Middle Atlas ( Dakki 1987), North Atlantic Morocco (Mamora-Zemmour) and in the Central Plateau ( El Agbani et al. 1992) between 10 and 2000 m. However, it seems to be absent in eastern Morocco and the High Atlas. Indeed, specimens of C. petitpierreae  cited by Bouzidi & Giudicelli (1994) in the High Atlas were assigned to C. atlasica (Vinçon et al. 2014)  .

Ecology. In the Middle Atlas, C. petitpierreae  is only reported from high altitude brooks and torrents (1500–1700 m), but in the rest of the Maghreb, it is more eurytopic and even present in lower stream reaches ( Sánchez-Ortega & Azzouz 1998, Errochdi & El Alami 2008). Larvae are detritivores ( Azzouz & Sánchez-Ortega 2000) and the adult emergence period extends from autumn into spring season (X –IV).