Monday, May 9, 2016

[Entomology • 2016] Six, not Two, Species of Acisoma Pintail Dragonfly (Odonata: Libellulidae), including Acisoma attenboroughi

Acisoma attenboroughi 
Mens, Schütte, Stokvis & Dijkstra, 2016


The dragonfly genus Acisoma is revised based on adult male morphology and COI sequence data. Six species are recognised, including the new species Acisoma attenboroughi sp. nov. Diagnoses and a key to males of all species and illustrations of all relevant characters are provided. A. inflatum, A. variegatum and A. trifidum are confined to continental Africa, while A. panorpoides is restricted to Asia. A. ascalaphoides is known only from threatened littoral forest fragments on the east coast of Madagascar, while A. attenboroughi is widespread across the island. The new species honours Sir David Attenborough on his 90th birthday.

Keywords: Dragonfly, Odonata, Acisoma, taxonomy, new species, COI

Lotte P. Mens, Kai Schütte, Frank R. Stokvis and Klaas-Douwe B. Dijkstra. 2016. Six, not Two, Species of Acisoma Pintail Dragonfly (Odonata: Libellulidae). Zootaxa. 4109(2); DOI:  10.11646/zootaxa.4109.2.3