Panorpa taiwanensis  Issiki, 1929b


Diagnosis: 
This is one of the Taiwanese species of Panorpa in which males have narrow hypovalves with deep medial cleft.  The ventral parameres are unbranched, but with a short process near the setiferous apex.  Dorsal lobes of aedeagus apically bilobed and rounded.  Meso-and metanota with broad, pale, medial stripe.


Distribution – Geographical: 
Originally described from Mt. Rantaisan, 3-5 June 1927, S. Issiki, 3♂♂ (depository ?); Mt. Arisan ( = Alishan), 30 August, J. Sonan and K. Shibata, 2♂♂ (depository ?).  An additional ♀ from Mt. Rantaisan, collected on 3 June 1927 by S. Issiki and deposited in NTU was designated allotype by Issiki and Cheng (1947).  Yie (1951) recorded this species from Bōkyōzan, 2300 m, August; and Arisan (= Alishan), 2200 m, September.


Distribution – Temporal: 
This species has been collected in June, August, and September.


Ecology:
 The Alishan locality is high, cool, moist, montane forest.


Biology: 
Yie (1951) indicates that there are 27.7 eggs per egg cluster..


Notes: 
This species is named for the island of Taiwan.  Apparently no lectotype has ever been designated from the type series.


References:


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


-----. 1965. Notes on some Mecoptera from Formosa. Special Bulletin  of the lepidopterological Society of Japan, 1:245.


Issiki, S. and F.-Y. Cheng
. 1947. Formosan Mecoptera with Descriptions of New Species. Memoirs of the College of Agriculture, national Taiwan University, 1:1-17.


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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