Wednesday, December 6, 2017

[Entomology • 2017] Revision of Afrotropical Silky Lacewings (Neuroptera: Psychopsidae)

Cabralis pallidus 
Bakkes, Sole & Mansell, 2017


Afrotropical Psychopsidae Handlirsch are revised based on morphology. Molecular data from a previous study enables updated taxonomy in this revision, and morphology corroborates phylogenetic divergences. The genus Silveira was found to form a lineage separate from Zygophlebiinae based on molecular data and six morphological synapomorphies. In this revision, Silveira is moved to a new subfamily, leaving only Cabralis and Zygophlebius in Zygophlebiinae. Two new species of Cabralis are described. Afrotropical Psychopsidae now comprise ten species, three genera and two subfamilies. A dichotomous key to these taxa is provided, along with a web link to a fully-illustrated and interactive multi-access LUCID v3 key. High resolution images and distribution maps are provided for all species.

Keywords: Neuroptera, Afrotropical, Lacewing, Molecular phylogeny, Morphology, Psychopsidae, Zygophlebiinae, Silveirainae, Cabralis, Zygophlebius, Silveira

Deon K. Bakkes, Catherine L. Sole and Mervyn W. Mansell. 2017. Revision of Afrotropical Silky Lacewings (Neuroptera: Psychopsidae). Zootaxa. 4362(2); 151–212.  DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4362.2.1
Bakkes, D.K., Mansell, M.W. & Sole, C.L. 2017. Phylogeny and historical biogeography of Silky Lacewings. Systematic Entomology. 42. DOI:  10.1111/syen.12247 

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