Congomochtherus potamius Londt & Tsacas, 1987

Jason G. H. Londt, 2014, The Afrotropical Robber Fly Genus Congomochtherus Oldroyd, 1979 (Diptera: Asilidae: Asilinae), African Invertebrates 55 (2), pp. 333-350: 343

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Congomochtherus potamius Londt & Tsacas, 1987
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Congomochtherus potamius Londt & Tsacas, 1987 

Figs 11View Figs 5-11, 17View Fig. 17

Congomochtherus potamius Londt & Tsacas, 1987: 39  (figs 4 postmetacoxal area, 49-54 ♂ terminalia, 55 ♀ spermathecae).

Previously recorded material: Londt & Tsacas (1987) listed the following type specimens: SOUTH AFRICA: 2♂ 2♀ (paratypes), 10 km E Rhodes, bottom Naudesnek Pass [c. 30°47'S 28°00'E, c. 1850 m], 3028CC, 9.i.1979, Londt & Stuckenberg, river banks (NMSA); 7♂ (holotype & paratypes) 5♀ (paratypes), Rhodes area [c. 30°47'38"S 27°57'38"E, c. 1815 m], 3027DD, 9-10.i.1979, Londt & Stuckenberg, banks of river & hill near town (NMSA (holotype 5♂ 3♀ paratypes)*, MNHN, BMNH); 1♂ 1♀ (paratypes), Rhodes village [as above], 9.i.1979, Londt & Stuckenberg, river banks on stones (NMSA).

Newly recorded material: SOUTH AFRICA:1♂, 10 km ENE of Rhodes, 30°45'S 28°01'E, 2080 m, 5.ii.1992, Natal Museum Expedition, causeway near Malpas (NMSA); 4♂ 2♀, Bell River at Rhodes, 30°48'S 27°58'E, 1825 m, 5.ii.1992, Natal Museum Expedition, trees grass & riverine (NMSA).

Distribution ( Fig. 17View Fig. 17), phenology ( Table 1) and biology: This South African endemic is confined in its distribution to a small area in the vicinity of the village of Rhodes in the southern Drakensberg Mountains of the Eastern Cape Province. I collected all available specimens on two trips to the area in January and February ( Table 1). It is probable that the species is active for much of summer in this summer-rainfall region. All specimens were found resting on rocks in the Bell River, which flows along the northern boundary of Rhodes. Efforts to find examples in the vicinity adjacent to the stream were fruitless. The habitat closely resembles that described for elferinki  . There is no biological data apart from that appearing on labels.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Asilidae

Genus

Congomochtherus

Loc

Congomochtherus potamius Londt & Tsacas, 1987

Jason G. H. Londt 2014
2014
Loc

Congomochtherus potamius

Londt & Tsacas 1987: 39
1987