oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Sexually Dimorphic Membracidae from Southern Africa
|Article Title||Sexually Dimorphic Membracidae from Southern Africa|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Journal||Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Cleveland, Johannesburg|
|Publication Date||Nov 1951|
|Pages||152 - 164|
|Keyword(s)||Centrotus hobohmi, Illustrations, Otinotus biformatus, P. sericeus, Platybelus brunneus, Platybelus mutabilis, Sexually Dimorphic Membracidae, Tegminal Pterostigma and Xiphistes biformis|
Up to the present it has been thought that sexual dimorphism was of rare occurrence in Membracidae, and only one such species, Platybelus brunneus Funk (1934) has so far been descriptionbed from Africa. I was able to borrow the type and paratype from the National Collection of Insects, Pretoria, and on examining them I found that Funkhouser's figures were not accurate. I have therefore prepared new drawings of this species from the types, which are here reproduced.
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