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Panorpa tecta  Byers, 2002

Diagnosis:  This is one of the Taiwanese species of Panorpa with narrow hypovalves that are deeply cleft medially.  Ventral parameres are elongate, extending to basal lobe of dististyles and bearing long setae along medial surface.  Meso- and metanota have pale medial stripe.  Female subgenital plate without apical notch.  Genital plate with axial portion broadly splayed at base; flat plate elongate oval, without lateral arms.

Distribution – Geographical: 
Nantou County, Ren-ai Township, Meifeng Horticultural Station, 24°05’46”N, 121°10’53”E, 2100 m, 6-10 September 1988, J. Heppner and H.-Y. Wang, 1♂, 1♀ (SEM).

Distribution – Temporal:
  Known only from the type series collected 6-10 September.

Adults are found in high, cool, moist, montane forest.

Nothing is known of immature stages or life cycle.

This species appears to be most closely related to Panorpa apiconebulosa.  The two species can be separated by the shape of the apex of the male ventral parameres: in Panorpa apiconebulosa there is a subapical spur, not found in Panorpa tecta; and the terminal barbs are not thickened in Panorpa apiconebulosa.

It is unclear what the name “tecta” refers to.  It may refer to the numerous, long, slanted setae of the hypovalves.


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


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