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African Natural History

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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: The biogeography of this relict species is discussed.

Keywords : biogeography; distribution; description; identification key; Megalyridia; relict species; systematics.

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