An international journal on animal taxonomy, diversity, ecology and zoogeography

 ISSN: 0973-7871 (online)
 ISSN: 0973-9955 (print)
 
 Volume: 8, Number: 2

ISSN: 0973-7871(Online Edition)

Date of Publication: April 06, 2015

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Biosystematica,8(1&2):5-18 (2015-04-06) Accepted: 2014-08-29

Revision of genus Dicraeus Loew (Diptera: Chloropidae: Oscinellinae: Dicraeini) from India with description of five new species

Author[s]: P.T. CHERIAN AND JYOTHI TILAK

Abstract: 

Only one genus Dicraeus Loew is recognized under the tribe Dicraeini. Five new species, D. carinatus, D. indicus, D. keralaensis, D. luteopedalis and D. proximus from India are described and D. flavipes Duda is recorded for the first time from India. A key to species of Dicraeus from India and adjacent countries is also given

   
Biosystematica,8(1&2):19-23 (2015-04-06) Accepted: 2015-01-08

Two new species of the whitefly genus Bemisia Quaintance and Baker (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) from India

Author[s]: R. SUNDARARAJ AND R. PUSHPA

Abstract: 

Two new species of the whitefly genus viz., Bemisia elongata breeding on Homonoia riparia in Pandalam, Kerala, India and B. twista breeding on Helicteres isora in Sakleshpura, Karnataka, India, are described and illustrated

   
Biosystematica,8(1&2):25-29 (2015-04-06) Accepted: 2014-10-03

Studies on two new species of the genus Elachiptereicus Becker (Diptera: Chloropidae: Mepachymerini) from the Oriental Region

Author[s]: P.T. CHERIAN AND AMBILY E. GEORGE

Abstract: 

Two new species of the genus Elachiptereicus Becker namely, E. indicus sp. n.  and E. ghorpadei  sp. n. are described from India. This is the first record of any named species of the genus from the Oriental Region

   
Biosystematica,8(1&2):31-43 (2015-04-06) Accepted: 2015-02-12

Redescription of female specimens of Corycaeus (Corycaeus) crassiusculus Dana and Corycaeus (Onychocorycaeus) catus Dahl (Poicilostomatoida: Corycaeidae) from Kavarathi Atoll, Lakshadweep island, India

Author[s]: R.RADHIKA, S.BIJOYNANDAN AND M.HARIKRISHNAN

Abstract: 

In 1929 and 1911, the female specimen of Corycaeus crassiusculus (Dana, 1848) and Onychocorycaeus catus (Dahl 1894) was first recorded in the Indian ocean by Farran and in the Arabian sea by Sewell in 1947. The two species are redescribed by a combination of morphological characteristics as follows in females (1) ornamentation of the first endopodal segment of the antenna of C. crassiusculus (2) overlapping of genital segment on anal segment at the dorsal margin in C. crassiusculus (3) distal margin of the genital and anal somite ornamented with spines ventrolaterally in both (4) presence of four spines in the third exopodal segments of first, second & third swimming leg in O. catus (5) length to width of 1st endopodal segment of the antenna (6) length ratio of coxal seta: 1st endopodal seta; (7) in P1 to P3 exp-3, length ratio of terminal spine to distal segment and to outer distal spine; (8) in P4 exp-3, length ratios of terminal spine to proximal spine and to distal segment. A comparison of the morphological variability with existing descriptions from other regions have also been provided.

   
Biosystematica,8(1&2):45-50 (2015-04-06) Accepted: 2014-12-03
A Faunistic Study on Pteromalidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) from Iran

Author[s]: HASSAN GHAHARI

Abstract: 

This paper deals with the fauna of Pteromalidae (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea) from some regions of Iran. Totally 22 species from 14 genera (including Anisopteromalus, Catolaccus, Chlorocytus, Dinarmus, Euneura, Halticoptera, Homoporus, Mesopolobus, Notoglyptus, Pachyneuron, Pteromalus, Sphegigaster, Systasis and Trichomalus) were collected and identified. Six species, Chlorocytus breviscapus, Dinarmus italicus, Mesopolobus juniperinus, Notoglyptus scutellaris, Pteromalus smaragdus, and Pteromalus sequester are new records for the Iranian fauna.

   
Biosystematica,8(1&2):51-57 (2015-04-06) Accepted: 2014-12-16

Conservation Issues of KVCR, the Wintering Ground and Stop-over Site of Migrant Shorebirds in South West Coast of India

Author[s]: K. M. AARIF AND P. K. PRASADAN

Abstract: 

The Kadalundi-Vallikkunnu Community Reserve (KVCR), the only Community Reserve in Kerala, is one of the most important wintering grounds and stop-over sites of migratory waterbirds in the West Coast of India. Several environmental issues have been noticed in KVCR among which sand mining and dumping of organic and other solid wastes was creating salinity intrusion and rise in potassium level respectively. Data on sand mining and solid waste dumping were documented for a period from January 2010 to December 2012.Sand mining washes away the nutrient rich soil that ultimately results in the decline in bird population. Feeding and resting migrant birds were disturbed by the action of tourists, local fishermen and other local people and birds kept on changing their feeding ground.  Mangrove proliferation in the study area has slowly wiped away the mudflats the primary foraging ground of migrant shore birds

   
Biosystematica,8(1&2):59-60 (2015-04-06) Accepted: 2014-05-09

A Revised Checklist of  Stalked-eyed  Flies  (Diptera:  Diopsidae)  with  First  Record  of  Eurydiopsis  brevispinus  Feijen  from  India

Author[s]: BULGANIN MITRA, SANKARSAN ROY AND P. PARUI

Abstract: Eight  species  belonging  to  five  genera  of  Diopsidae  are  reported  from  India.   In  the  National  collection  of  Zoological  Survey  of  India  one  more  species  of  Diopsidae,  Eurydiopsis  brevispinus  Feijen (1999)  is revealed  which  is  the  first  report  from  India.  Earlier it was reported only from Myanmar and Laos

   
Biosystematica,8(1&2):61-63 (2015-04-06) Accepted: 2014-08-19

Occurrence of the Banana Skipper Erionota thrax (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) in Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, Kerala

Author[s]: MUHAMED JAFER PALOT AND P.M. SURESHAN

Abstract: 

The Banana Skipper or Palm Redeye, Erionota thrax (Linnaeus, 1767) is a serious pest of banana plantation in most of the countries in Asia. A faunistic survey tour to Parambikulam Tiger Reserve reports a heavy infestation of these butterflies on the banana palm at Orukomban forest station