Afroptera remifera ( Westwood, 1874 ), 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: 68-70

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4635.1.1

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:E1AC3BD4-6FCB-49F9-8069-624760C2CAF7

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03DBDF51-A71A-FFF5-FF0D-F8AA37D65EB0

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scientific name

Afroptera remifera ( Westwood, 1874 )
status

comb. nov.

Afroptera remifera ( Westwood, 1874)   comb. nov.

( Figs 76 View FIGURES 67–78 , 97 View FIGURES 96–101 , 124 View FIGURES 123–124 , 149 View FIGURES 146–149 , 150, 151)

Synonymy

Nemoptera remifera Westwood, 1874: 179   .

Halter remifera (Westwood)   : Kirby 1900: 458.

Etymology. Unknown.

Type locality. South Africa, Western Cape Province. Uncertain locality: “ Cape of Good Hope”. Klaarstroom, Prince Albert District , 33°20S 22°33E, subsequently designated as type locality by Tjeder (1967: 490) GoogleMaps   .

Type depository. BMNH   .

Diagnosis. This species can easily be distinguished from its congeners by the rounded apex of the forewings ( Figs 149 View FIGURES 146–149 , 150), the very short antennae and the extremely small rounded apical antennal segment that ends in a distal membranous part ( Figs 76 View FIGURES 67–78 , 149 View FIGURES 146–149 ).

Size (mm). Male: body length 9.5 (7.5–11.5); forewing 21.4 (19–23.8); hind wing 46.5 (41–52); antenna 14 (13–15); Female: body length 11–12; forewing 21–23.5; hind wing 44–50; antenna 12–13. (N = 7).

Type material. Holotype ♀ (not examined).

Other material examined. SOUTH AFRICA, Western Cape Province. 1♂ 4♀, SAM–NEU–A001275, Rooinek Pass [33°19’56’’S 20°55’34’’E], C.P / Nemopterella remifera Westw   GoogleMaps   ., ♀, det. Bo Tjeder 1966; 1♀, SAMC00177 View Materials   , Klaarstroom, Prince Albert [District], C.P / Nemopterella remifera Westw.   , det. Tjeder 1966. (All SAMC)   . 1♂, NEUR09829   , Prince Albert Dist., Tierberg Research Station , 33°07’39’’S 22°16’26’’E, 4.x.1988, W.R.J.Dean, Light. ( SANC) GoogleMaps   .

Distribution and habitat. Afroptera remifera   is currently known from localities in the Succulent Karoo Biome in the Western Cape Province, South Africa ( Fig. 151 View FIGURES 151–152 ). The ranges are mainly in the Rainshadow Valley Bioregion with features of the Prince Albert Succulent Karoo vegetation unit ( Mucina & Rutherford 2006). See description of the habitat under the distribution of A. exigua   .

Remarks. This species was originally described by Westwood (1874) and is in BMNH. Tjeder (1967), in his taxonomic notes, mentioned that he was informed by Dr. D.E.Kimmins that the female holotype is in bad condition, with damaged meso- and metanotum and one of the hind wings being complete. Tjeder therefore resorted to redescribing the species using a female specimen from Klaarstroom, Prince Albert District, after which Kimmins compared it with the type specimen and confirmed their similarity. Our revision of this species is consequently based on Tjeder’s material that is in SAMC, Cape Town, South Africa.

SAMC

Iziko Museums of Cape Town

SANC

Agricultural Research Council-Plant Protection Research Institute

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Neuroptera

Family

Nemopteridae

Genus

Afroptera

Loc

Afroptera remifera ( Westwood, 1874 )

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

Halter remifera

Kirby, W. F. 1900: 458
1900
Loc

Nemoptera remifera

Westwood, J. O. 1874: 179
1874