Panorpa shibatai  Issiki, 1929b

  This is one of the species with narrow, short hypovalves with a deep medial cleft between them.  The ventral parameres are short and thick, arising about half the length of the basistyles and terminating near the tip of the basistyles.  There is a comb of bristles along the mesal surface and at the apex, with a short spur subapically on the lateral surface.

Distribution – Geographical: 
Originally described from Mt. Arisan ( = Chiayi County, Alishan Township, Alishan), 2200 m, 30 August 1927, J. Sonan and K. Shibata, 2♂♂, 2♀♀ (depository ?).

Distribution – Temporal: 
Only known from the type series collected in late August, although Yie must have collected further specimens for his 1951 monograph.

The Alishan area is high, cool, moist, montane forest.

Yie (1951) indicates that there are 20.0 eggs per egg cluster.

The name “shibatai” refers to the collector of the type series, K. Shibata.


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 theCollege of Agriculture, national Taiwan University, 1:1-17



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