African Natural History
On-line version ISSN 2305-7963
Print version ISSN 1816-8396
VAN NOORT, Simon and SHAW, Scott. Megalyridia capensis (Hymenoptera: Megalyridae: Megalyridiini), a relict species endemic to South Africa. Afr. nat. history (Online) [online]. 2009, vol.5, pp.1-8. ISSN 2305-7963.
Numerous further specimens of the monotypical megalyrid species Megalyridia capensis Hedqvist have recently been collected from diverse habitats encompassing a distributional range of more than 800 km in South Africa. The male of M. capensis is recorded for the first time. We provide high-quality images of both sexes and a key to genera of Megalyridae occurring in the Afrotropical region. Online keys are available at: http://www.waspweb.org/Megalyroidea/Megalyridae/Keys/index.htm. The biogeography of this relict species is discussed.
Keywords : biogeography; distribution; description; identification key; Megalyridia; relict species; systematics.