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Alexander Schintlmeister

This book is the first comprehensive work on oriental Notodontidae (Lepidoptera) outside mainland Asia. The studied area includes also Borneo Island, the Malayan Peninsula, entire New Guinea with adjacent islands. All species are illustrated in both sexes with a total number of 1272 specimens on 51 colour plates. Genitalia photos of both sexes as well as detailed distribution maps are provided for each species.
The book deals in the first volume with 298 species and contains descriptions of 99 new notodontid taxa. A second volume will treat with the remaining 160 species and include also a comprehensive biogeographic analysis.

Atlas of the Hoverflies of Greece

(Diptera: Syrphidae)

Ante Vujić, Martin Speight, Michael Edwin de Courcy Williams, Santos Rojo, Gunilla Ståhls, Snežana Radenković, Laura Likov, Marija Miličić, Celeste Pérez-Bañón, Steven Falk and Theodora Petanidou

The Atlas of the Hoverflies of Greece is the first of a kind within the Mediterranean region. It is the result of decades of research, many travels into the fascinating habitats of Greece (a biodiversity hotspot), visits to world museums, and many people’s passion for hoverflies.
The Atlas is a concise presentation of all 418 hoverfly species for Greece known so far. The species are documented with photos and distribution GIS-maps and they are preceded by a general introduction on the hoverflies and Greek nature, and a generic key.
The Atlas of the Hoverflies of Greece is a handbook for insect aficionados, students and teachers, everyone interested in nature, and managers and conservationists aiming at raising public awareness of a nature nowadays threatened more than ever.

Mariana A. Cherman, Daniel S. Basílio, Kleber M. Mise and Lúcia M. Almeida

Liogenys Guérin-Méneville, 1831, the largest genus of Neotropical Diplotaxini, is now comprised of 91 species. Fifteen new Brazilian species are described: L. acuta sp.n.; L. amazonica sp.n.; L. angustitarsis sp.n.; L. clinocarinata sp.n.; L. crassopunctata sp.n.; L. hirsuta sp.n.; L. latoemarginata sp.n.; L. leviscutata sp.n.; L. ornativentris sp.n.; L. rodriguesi sp.n.; L. pruinosa sp.n.; L. quadrata sp.n.; L. susanalbertorum sp.n.; L. variabilis sp.n.; and L. vazdemelloi sp.n.. Females are described for the first time for L. acutidens Moser, L. moseri Frey and L. sinuaticeps Moser. For L. macropelma Bates and L. minuta Moser, lectotypes and diagnoses are provided. Two new junior subjective synonyms are made for L. moseri and for L. parva Blanchard: L. obesina Frey and L. femella Cherman, respectively. The geographic distribution of Liogenys is first time recorded in Acre and Rondonia by the occurrence of new species, while other new records are expanded for eight species.

Bernhard J. van Vondel

Representatives of all genera and subgenera of Haliplidae are examined regarding the shape of the air storage under the metacoxal plates. Three different main types can be distinguished with strong variation in the species of Haliplus. In general the results support the present concept of genera and subgenera, but a few exceptions are found. The subgenus Phalilus is raised to genus level. The genera Algophilus Zimmermann and Apteraliplus Chandler are reduced to subgenera of Haliplus Latreille. The synonymised genus Haliaplus Ádám is re-installed as a subgenus of Haliplus. Three new subgenera are introduced: Australiplus, Borealiplus and Nipponiplus. A cladistic analysis is carried out using 27 characters including those of the metacoxal air-storage space. A cladogram to subgenus level is presented.

Peter H. Roos

Species of the butterfly subfamily Danainae visit orchids, resulting in pollinaria being attached to their heads. In several habitats in east Sulawesi a remarkable percentage of Danainae specimens was observed with orchid pollinaria preferentially attached to their eyes. Among the 13 observed native Danainae species, seven carried pollinaria. Pollinaria attachment appears to be selective for Danainae as hundreds of specimens from other butterfly families were negative. Selectivity also concerns the orchid species, as attached pollinaria could be assigned to a Habenaria orchid and in one case only to an Anoectochilus. Efficient pollinaria attachment requires compatible morphological characters of butterfly and orchid. In this respect, the observed high pollinaria load of single butterflies is also important. Comparable investigations in southeast Sulawesi did not reveal danaid–orchid interactions. Further studies are required to prove orchid pollination by Danainae and to clarify the mechanism by which these butterflies are attracted to the orchids.

Tomohide Yasunaga and Ram Keshari Duwal

The Old World plant bug genus Hypseloecus Reuter of the tribe Pilophorini is reviewed on the basis of detailed observation of the morphological characters, with an updated checklist of Asian congeners. “Pleural glands” are herein suggested as a novel diagnostic character and currently considered as an additional autapomorphy for the genus. Two Asian new species, Hypseloecus nakagawai sp. n. (from Honshu, Japan) and H. aaroni sp. n. (Bagmati Zone, Nepal), are diagnosed and described. The host association and habitat of H. nakagawai are also documented. An Old World pilophorine genus, Lasiolabops Poppius, assumed to be a potential sister taxon of Hypseloecus, is diagnosed and discussed; further, two new species, L. cirratus sp. n. (from Japanese Ryukyus) and L. remicornis sp. n. (from Central Thailand), are described, based on their distinctive vestiture pattern.

Olivia M. Gearner, T. Keith Philips and Robert H. Neidlinger

A revision of the genus Eutaphroptinus is presented. Eutaphroptinus pseudonatalensis is proposed as a junior synonym of Eutaphroptinus natalensis. Illustrations showing some of the morphological variation are included, and new records of this now monotypic genus are also provided.

Jiří Hadrava, Valentin Nidergas, Klára Daňková, Martina Pecharová, André Nel and Jakub Prokop

A new species of fossil hoverfly (Syrphidae: Eristalinae), i.e., Blera miocenica sp. nov. is described from the Early Miocene (Burdigalian) of Bílina mine in the Most Basin, Czech Republic. The species description is based on a well preserved compressed fossil and it represents the first known fossil record of the genus Blera Billberg, 1820 so far. B. miocenica sp. nov. diagnosis is based on the wing venation and other body characters like the coloration pattern of abdomen. The resemblance of the new fossil to extant species of Blera is briefly discussed. The previously suggested palaeoenvironmental conditions at the type locality are in agreement with the knowledge on autecology of recent representatives of the genus Blera (i.e., larval feeding strategy, adult habitat preferences and flower visitation). Thus, we conclude that fossil hoverflies could be a helpful tool for the indication of past habitats.

Igor Souza-Gonçalves, Cristiano Lopes-Andrade, Vivian Eliana Sandoval-Gómez and John Francis Lawrence

The genus Paratrichapus Scott, 1926 currently comprises four species, one described from the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean, one from Indonesia and two from New Zealand. Here, the first Australian species of Paratrichapus are described, as follows: P. australis sp. n., P. burwelli sp. n., P. christmasensis sp. n., P. metallonotum sp. n. and P. peckorum sp. n. Data on their geographic distribution and host fungi are provided, as well as an identification key.

Rolf G. Beutel, Evgeny V. Yan and Jarmila Kukalová-Peck

The Carboniferous insect taxon †Stephanastus polinae was assigned to a monotypic new order †Skleroptera, which was postulated as the sister group of the clade Strepsiptera + Coleoptera (= Coleopterida). The placement of †Stephanastus in Holometabola and the proposed relationship with Coleopterida are very likely unjustified. Suggested shared derived features of Skleroptera + Coleopterida are vague, insufficiently documented (characters of proximal leg segments) or likely based on misinterpretation (wing veins). Based on the wing venation we suggest a position in the extinct hemimetabolous order †Protelytroptera.