Panorpa bunun  Issiki, 1929b


Diagnosis: 
Males of this species have hypovalves that are narrow, slightly divergent and only extend about 2/3 the distance to the base of  the dististyles.  Ventral parameres are unbranched, and expand gradually toward the apex, where they terminate with a cluster of long setae.  Dorsal valves of the aedeagus are gradually tapered and sigmoid-shaped with a black area at the base of the medial cleft between the dorsal valves.


Distribution – Geographical: 
Originally described from Mt. Guntaisan, 7000 ft. [2133 m], 11 July 1925, S. Issiki, 4♂♂, 4♀♀ (depository ?); Mt. Rantaisan (= Mt. Lantashan), 7000 ft. [2133 m], 3-5 June 1927, S. Issiki, 7♂♂, 2♀♀ (depository ?).


Distribution – Temporal: 
Known only from the original type series collected in early June to mid-July.


Ecology: 
This species is found in relatively high mountains.


Biology: 
Nothing is known of immature stages or life history.


Notes: 
A ♀ allotype was selected from specimens collected on 4 June 1927 on Mt. Rantaisan (Issiki & Cheng, 1947).  However, apparently no lectotype was ever designated from the type series.  The word “bunun” comes from the name of the indigenous tribe that inhabited the mountains where the original series was collected.


References:


Issiki, S.  1929b.  Descriptions of new Mecoptera from the Japanese Empire.  Transactions of the Natural History Society of Formosa  19:260-314.


Issiki, S. and F.-y. Cheng.  1947.  Formosan Mecoptera with Descriptions of new Species.  Memoirs of the College of Agriculture, National Taiwan University  1(4):1-17.  3 plates.


Yie, S.-T. 1951. The Biology of Formosan Panorpidae and Morphology of Eleven Species of their immature Stages. Memoirs of the College of Agriculture, National Taiwan University, 2(4):1-111.

 

 

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