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Panorpa nudiramus  Byers, 2002

Diagnosis:  Male hypovalves short and broad with broad cleft between them.  Hypovalves reach less than half length of basistyles.  Ventral parameres basally branched and very long; medial branch, without setae, and slanted obliquely to reach basal lobe of dististyle; lateral branch straight, with medial setae all along its length, and reaches more than half length of dististyles.  Female subgenital plate evenly rounded, not notched, at apex.  Genital plate with long, thin lateral arms.

Distribution – Geographical:  Hualien County, 0.4 km south, 0.9 km west of Lo-ma-wang Shan, 24°18’01”N, 121°37’34.9”E, 1850 m, 12 May 1974, Frederick J. Santana, 1♂  (holotype -SEM); same locality and collector, except 10 May 1974, 1♂, 1♀ (allotype, paratype – FSCA); Nantou County, Meileng (= Meifeng), 24°06’58.2”N, 121°10’48.1”E, 2200 m, 1 May 1998, R.B. Miller & Hsiau-Yue Wang, 1♀ (paratype – FSCA).

Distribution – Temporal:    Adults of this species have only been recorded from May.

Ecology:  This appears to be a species of high, cool, moist, montane forests.

Nothing is known of immature stages or life cycle.

This is part of a species-group in which males have short, broad hypovalves, and long, branched ventral parameres.


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


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