Panorpa pectinata  Issiki, 1929b

This is one of the species with narrow hypovalves with deep medial cleft.  The ventral parameres have a basal spur similar to Panorpa pallidimaculata, but with setae all along the medial margin of the main valve and a small apical bifurcation.

Distribution – Geographical: 
Mt. Arisan ( = Chiayi County, Alishan Township, Mt. Alishan), 2200 m, 30 August 1927, J. Sonan and K. Shibata, 2♂♂, 3♀♀ (depository ?); Mt. Guntaisan, 6500 ft. [1981 m],  11 July 1925, S. Issiki, 1♂ (depository ?).

Distribution – Temporal: 
July and August.


Ecology:  This species is found in high, cool, moist, montane forests.

The morphology and development of the immature stages is discussed by Yie (1951).

The combination of basal spur and apically bifurcate vental paramere will separate this species from Panorpa pallidimaculata and all other species.  The name “pectinata” probably refers to the comb-like appearance of setae along the mesal length of the ventral parameres.


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

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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