Rodolphia hombergi Le Cerf, 1911

Bartsch, Daniel, 2018, Taxonomic changes in Synanthedonini from Madagascar, with description of two new genera and species (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae), Zootaxa 4433 (1), pp. 174-186: 176

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https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4433.1.11

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scientific name

Rodolphia hombergi Le Cerf, 1911
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Rodolphia hombergi Le Cerf, 1911 

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Holotype: ♀, Madagascar, Soanirano [South-Eastern Madagascar, west of Fort-Dauphin (Tolagnaro), river Soanirano] ( MNHNAbout MNHN).

= Malgassesia pauliani Viette, [1955]  syn. nov.

Holotype: ♂, Madagascar, extreme-Sud, piste entre Faux-Cap et le cap Sainte-Marie ( MNHNAbout MNHN). 

Additional material examined: 2♂, 2♀, Madagascar, Reg. sud de l'Ile, Bekily, Nov. [19]33 ( MNHNAbout MNHN). 

Rodolphia hombergi  is a very distinct and strongly sexual dimorphic species. The four examined specimens from Bekily are part of a rather large homogenous series, which was caught at the same place and time. In size and coloration, the females of this series agree well with the female holotype and there is no doubt regarding their conspecifity. The description of the male by Viette (1982: 26) was also based on this series. The male holotype of Malgassesia pauliani Viette, 1955  syn. nov. is a heavily damaged, greasy specimen. It is somewhat difficult to assess, but the structure and coloration of labial palps, wings and abdomen show no differences from the males from Bekily. More important, the genitalia structures of one male from Bekily, figured by Viette (1982: 27, fig. 12) and of the holotype of M. pauliani  ( Viette 1982: 38, fig. 24) are strikingly similar. Direct comparison of the two slides revealed no significant differences, except for the somewhat different embedding position. Furthermore, the collecting localities of all specimens examined lie close together in southern Madagascar, with less than 180 km distance.

MNHN

Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Lepidoptera

Family

Sesiidae

Genus

Rodolphia

Loc

Rodolphia hombergi Le Cerf, 1911

Bartsch, Daniel 2018

2018
Loc

Malgassesia pauliani

Viette, [ 1955

1955
Loc

Malgassesia pauliani Viette, 1955

Viette, [ 1955

1955
Loc

M. pauliani

Viette, [ 1955

1955
Loc

Rodolphia hombergi

Le Cerf 1911

1911