Panorpa sonani Issiki, 1929b
Diagnosis: This is one of the species with males bearing narrow hypovalves with a deep medial cleft and short ventral parameres that extend only to the apex of the basistyles. The ventral parameres of P. sonani are apically bifurcate and setose, with the medial branch being somewhat shorter. There is also a distinctive tooth at the distal end of the basal lobe of the dististyles.
Distribution – Geographical: Makazayazaya ( = Hsinmachia, Pingtung County), 9 October 1926, J. Sonan, 1♂, 1♀ (depository ?).
Distribution – Temporal: Known only from the type series collected on 9 October.
Biology: Nothing is known of immature stages or life cycle.
Notes: Nothing is known of habitat preferences.
This species is named for Jinhaku Sonan who collected many of the Mecoptera specimens used in Dr. Issiki’s descriptions. More about his life can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinhaku_Sonan.
Issiki, S. 1929b. Descriptions of new Mecoptera from the Japanese Empire. Transactions of the Natural History Society of Formosa 19:260-314.