oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Subfamily phthiriinae, Subfamily systropinae and Subfamily toxophorinae



Hesse (1938) first recorded this essentially Mediterranean genus from the Ethiopian region, while expressing some reservations whether his South African species were strictly congeneric with the Palaearctic species. The insects to be descriptionbed below are not a particularly good fit with either of the descriptionptions of Oligodranes available to me (those of Engel, 1937 and Hesse, 1938), but obviously belong to what may be called the ""Oligodranes-complex."" For the time being I refer them to Oligodranes sensu Hesse, but noting that they exhibit the 'following characters at variance with Hesse's definition: quite definite spicules, on especially hind tibiae and tarsi, and small hairs on the mesopleurae; according to Hesse's key the presence of spicules on the legs would place these specimens in Phthiria to which genus they obviously do not belong. Notwithstanding what appears to be substantial differences I do not feel justified in referring these specimens elsewhere until such time as a comprehensive revision of all these small Bombyliidae has been undertaken.


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