oa African Entomology - Revision and cladistic analysis of the Afrotropical genus Areotilla Bischoff (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae: Ticoplinae)

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



The genus Areotilla Bischoff, 1920, is revised and females are descriptionbed for the first time. Males are known for eight species: A. areolata Bischoff, A. marshalli (Andre), A. aurea sp. n., A. bilobata sp. n., A. michaeli sp. n., A. trifaseiata sp. n.,A. vulgaris sp. n. and A. montana sp. n. Two are known only from females: A. ferruginea sp. n. and A. perplexa sp. n. Direct association of males and females was not possible. The genus is distributed from Malawi to the Western Cape Province of South Africa, generally in forest or dense bushveld with moderate to high rainfall. The cladistically basal species tend to be more northern in distribution and the more apical ones occur further south.

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