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Entomologica Scandinavica Supplement 24

now changed to Insect Systematics and Evolution Supplement


ESS 24.
LOMHOLDT, O.: A reclassification of the larrine tribes with a revision of the Miscophini of southern Africa and Madagascar (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). 1985. 183 pp. SEK 140

The Larrinae are reclassified, primarily to redefine the Miscophini. The subfamily is found to comprise the two unformal groups Larriformia and Crabroformia of which only the latter can be regarded monophyletic. The phylogeny of the larrine tribes and the miscophinine genera and species is discussed and it is suggested that the driest parts of southern Africa can be regarded as dispersal centers of several miscophinine taxa. Comments are made on adaptive radiation, adaptations of desert life and sexual dimorphism.