n African Entomology - Biological notes on Aspidimorpha (Megaspidomorpha) angolensis Weise, 1896 (Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Aspidimorphini): host plant records, immature stages and cycloalexy : short communication
|Article Title||Biological notes on Aspidimorpha (Megaspidomorpha) angolensis Weise, 1896 (Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Aspidimorphini): host plant records, immature stages and cycloalexy : short communication|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Affiliations||1 ARC-Plant Protection Research Institute|
|Publication Date||Sep 2013|
|Pages||368 - 371|
The South African cassidine fauna comprises about 126 species, belonging to 20 genera, and of these about 48 (~ 38.09 %) are endemic. Aspidimorpha Hope is a species-rich genus that occurs in the Old World and Australia, comprising 198 species. The subgenus Megaspidomorpha Hincks, one of the smaller of the 10 subgenera in the genus Aspidimorpha, contains three large Afrotropical species (Borowiec & Swietojanska 2013). They can be distinguished by the following: their size of 11mm or more in length; uniformly yellow pronotum which is very broad and has subangulate sides; uniformly yellow elytra with spots on the epipleura only, at most; elytra that are equal in width to, or slightly wider than, the pronotal base, regularly convex without a postscutellar tubercle or gibbosity, and puncturation that is irregular and dense; and claws that are pectinate on both sides (Borowiec 1997).
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