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Zootaxa. 2015 Apr 15;3947(2):282-8. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3947.2.10.

Description of a new species and species-group of Sphaeropthalma Blake Hymenoptera: Mutillidae) with an updated classification of the genus.

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1
Department of Biology, Utah State University, 5305 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322, USA.; Email: jpitts@biology.usu.edu.
2
Department of Biology, Utah State University, 5305 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322, USA.; Email: unknown.

Abstract

A study of Sphaeropthalma Blake from the southwestern USA has revealed a highly autapomorphic undescribed species. This species is described here as S. tapio Pitts & Sadler, sp. nov., and is placed in a new species-group, the S. tapio species-group. This species seems to be found only at higher altitudes in southern Arizona. It is compared to other similar Sphaeropthalma species-groups and is likely most closely related to members of the S. imperialis species-group. An updated species-group classification of Sphaeropthalma is provided.

PMID:
25947736
DOI:
10.11646/zootaxa.3947.2.10
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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