Afroptera sabuleti ( Tjeder, 1967 ), Abdalla & Mansell & Sole, 2019

Abdalla, Ishtiag H., Mansell, Mervyn W. & Sole, Catherine L., 2019, Revision of the southern African genera Nemopterella Banks and Nemia Navás (Neuroptera: Nemopteridae: Nemopterinae), with descriptions of new genera and species, Zootaxa 4635 (1), pp. 1-89: 74

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Afroptera sabuleti ( Tjeder, 1967 )

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Afroptera sabuleti ( Tjeder, 1967)   comb. nov.

( Figs 72 View FIGURES 67–78 , 90 View FIGURES 90–95 , 114 View FIGURES 111–114 , 118 View FIGURES 115–122 , 153 View FIGURES 153–154 )


Nemopterella sabuleti Tjeder, 1967: 474   .

Etymology. Unknown, but most likely to have been derived from the Latin word sabulet (sandy, sandstone, smoothed) referring to the sandy habitat from which the species was collected.

Type locality. South Africa, Northern Cape Province. Richtersveld, Brakfontein , 28°56’S 17°06’E GoogleMaps   .

Type depository. TMSA   .

Diagnosis. This species is very similar to A. munroi   and A. nigrosetosa   . It can be separated from A. munroi   by the following combination of characters: A. sabuleti   has distinct brown thoracic stripes, while in A. munroi   the thoracic stripes are faint, also the hairs on the prescutum disc of A. sabuleti   are black, while in A. munroi   they are white. Afroptera sabuleti   is further characterised by the distinct yellow body colour, while in A. munroi   the colour is less pronounced. Afroptera sabuleti   also has slender, less acute forewings and smaller eyes. Comparisons between A. sabuleti   and A. nigrosetosa   are provided under the diagnosis of A. nigrosetosa   .

Size (mm). Male: body length 10.4 (10–10.7); forewing 23.2 (22.9–23.4); hind wing: 54 (49.6–56); antenna 20.4 (19.2–21.6); Female: body length 10.9 (10.7–11); forewing 20.3 (19.7–24); hind wing 46 (43.2–54); antenna 11.3 (11–11.5). (N = 4).

Type material examined. SOUTH AFRICA, Northern Cape Province. Holotype ♂ ( Fig. 114 View FIGURES 111–114 ), TMSA00728 View Materials   , HOLOTYPE Neu 060, Nemopterella sabuleti Tjeder   (red printed label) / Brakfontein, Richtersveld [28°56’S 17°06’E], 20.X.1933, G.van Son (white handwritten label) GoogleMaps   / Holotypus ♂, Nemopterella sabuleti Tjed., Bo Tjeder 1966   (red handwritten label). Paratype: 1♀, same data as holotype. (Both TMSA) GoogleMaps   .

Other material examined. SOUTH AFRICA, Northern Cape Province. 1♂ 1♀, TMSA00770 View Materials   , Richtersveld, Eksteinfontein Valley , [28°50’S 17°15’E], 28.ix.1991, M.Krüger GoogleMaps   ; 1♂ 1♀, Richtersveld, Brakfontein [28°56’S 17°06’E], 20.x.1933, G.van Son. (All TMSA) GoogleMaps   .

Distribution and habitat. This species is limited to a small range of distribution within the Succulent Karoo Biome in the Northern Cape Province ( Fig. 153 View FIGURES 153–154 ). The known distribution falls mainly within the Lekkersing Succulent Shrubland in the Richtersveld Bioregion ( Mucina & Rutherford 2006). This habitat is dominated by dwarf leaf-succulents, small trees, herbaceous climbers and geophytic herbs. The area receives predominantly winter rains with an average of 60–120 mm per year ( Mucina & Rutherford 2006).


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Afroptera sabuleti ( Tjeder, 1967 )

Abdalla, Ishtiag H., Mansell, Mervyn W. & Sole, Catherine L. 2019

Nemopterella sabuleti

Tjeder, B. 1967: 474