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Title: Psocids from Malta (Insecta: Psocodea: ‘Psocoptera’), with new synonymy for Peripsocus stagnivagus based on the discovery of its first Palaearctic male
Authors: Lienhard, Charles
Mifsud, David
Keywords: Insects -- Malta
Psocoptera -- Malta
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Zootaxa
Citation: Zootaxa. 2015, Vol.3936(2), p. 251-260
Abstract: About 2,000 specimens of Psocoptera were collected in Malta recently. Examination of this material revealed 21 new re-cords for the Maltese archipelago, augmenting the known psocid fauna of these islands from 6 to 27 species. One of the most abundant species is Peripsocus stagnivagus Chapman, 1930 (= P. bivari Baz, 1988 = P. leleupi Badonnel, 1976, new synonymies), formerly considered to be a predominantly Nearctic species. The discovery in Malta, of one male of this usually parthenogenetic species enabled comparison of this first Palaearctic male with the well-documented, rare Nearctic male. The lack of any morphological difference between these males, or between females from the Nearctic, the western Palaearctic and several Atlantic islands, supports the proposed synonymies.
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