247 Coniopterygidae from West Africa (Insecta: Neuroptera) by MARTIN MEINANDER Zoological Museum, N. Järnvägsgatan 13, SF-00100 Helsingfors, Finland Abstract 11 species of Coniopterygidae are recorded from Nigeria and Ghana. Two of them, Nimboa espanoli Ohm and Semidalis pluriramosa Karny, were only known from areas north of the Sahara. Coniocompsa silvestriana Enderlein is redescribed and the new species Coniopteryx (Xeroconiopteryx) accrana, C. (X) nigeriana, Conwentzia africana, and Semidalis dee- mingi are described. Introduction From the continental part of West Africa, south of the Sahara and west of the River Congo, only one species of Coniopterygidae has so far been recorded, although the family has a world-wide distribution and is well-represented in North, East and South Africa. Tjeder (1957) has recorded two species from the Cape Verde Islands. The present material, which was kindly pro- vided to me by Dr. P. E. S. Whalley and Mr. P. C. Barnard of the British Museum (Natural History) contained 11 species of which four could not be identified because only females were represented. The species previously recorded from Guinea, Coniocompsa silvestriana Enderlein was recorded from Nigeria. The genus Coniocompsa has a circumtropic distribution. All the other species recorded, belong to genera (and species
Insect Systematics & Evolution – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1975
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