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Neopanorpa similis  Byers, 2002

Vertex of head shiny black.  Meso- and metanota of thorax shiny black without pale areas near wing bases.   Wings with narrow bands .  Male with constricted bases to the hypovalves and 9th tergite with an apical notch..  Female with long axial portion of genital plate and apical notch of the subgenital plate.   

Distribution – Geographical:  
Hualien County, Taroko Gorge National Park, Tsientsen, 17 April 1998, R.B. Miller, L.A. Stange, H. Wang, 1 male (type)(SEM); Sioulin Township, 0.4 km S and 0.9 km W of Lo-Ma-Wang Shan, 24°17’14.18”N, 121°37’59.74”E. 1850 m, 12 May 1974, F.J. Santana, 1♀ (allotype)(SEM)

Distribution – Temporal
:  Adults are only known from the months of April and May.

:  Adults have been collected in relatively high elevation forests.

:  Nothing is known of life history or immature stages.

:  This species is very similar to N. makii in several ways: Both species have shiny black vertex to the head and shiny black meso- and metanota.  Males of both species have hypovalves with narrow bases and broad, rounded apices.  Females of both species have an elongate axial portion to the genital plate.  They can be separated on the broad bands of the wings of N. makii and the unnotched apex of the male 9th tergite.


Byers, G.W.  2002.  Mecoptera from Taiwan.  Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 75(4):252-258.


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