n African Entomology - Nymphal feeding of the genus Paulian, 1949 (Plecoptera : Notonemouridae) from Madagascar : short communication




The stonefly fauna of Madagascar is poorly known. In fact, only one genus, Paulian, 1949, has been reported from this biogeographically unique island. This genus belongs to the family Notonemouridae, the only arctoperlarian family with an exclusively Southern Hemisphere distribution (Zwick 2000). It is difficult to estimate the number of species of because undescribed species are known, some species are known only from females and the holotypes of the described species in the Tsimbazaza Museum, Madagascar, have disappeared. Until now, only three taxonomic studies of Malagasy Plecoptera have been published, all by Paulian (1949, 1951, 1959), in which seven species were described and some new species remained to be investigated.


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