oa African Entomology - The larvae of southern African Notonemouridae (Plecoptera)

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



Larvae of the southern African stonefly genera Aphanicerca Tillyard, Desmonemoura Tillyard, Aphanicercapsis Barnard, Afronemoura lllies, Aphanicercella Tillyard and Balinskycercella Stevens & Picker are descriptionbed for the first time. Setal and other characters facilitate simple and accurate generic identification, and often specific identification. A key to the larvae of stonefly genera is provided. Diagnostic abdominal setal patterns of most of the widespread species (13 of the 22 known species) are illustrated. Although the examination of black-wingpad larvae with adult genitalia visible through the cuticle remains the most reliable means of specific identification, the rarity of this stage of the life cycle necessitates examination of the more abundant immature stages.

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