oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - A new genus and species of domestic Psocid (Psocoptera) from Southern Rhodesia

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



During the past two years an interesting psocid has been encountered several times in houses in Southern Rhodesia; this species, which is assigned to a new genus and and which is descriptionbed below seems to prefer living on poorly illuminated, damp walls. It has not yet been collected in any outdoor habitat but its pale colour, light-shunning habits and affinities suggest that it may be found in caves or in damp rock crevices. The nearest approach to a ""natural"" habitat so far known for it, is the inside surface of the wall of a native hut. It is an active species capable of jumping several inches when disturbed, but being brachypterous, is incapable of flight.

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