New species of mayfly discovered in India

Jul 28, 2014
New species of mayfly discovered in India
Labiobaetis soldani. Credit: Entomological Society of America

Scientists have discovered a new species of mayfly in the southern Western Ghats, a mountain range along the west coast of India. In fact, this is the first time that any mayfly belonging to the genus Labiobaetis has been collected in peninsular India.

The new , called Labiobaetis soldani, "is named in honor of Dr. T. Soldan for his substantial contribution to the understanding of the Ephemeroptera of Palaearctic and Oriental realms," according to the authors of a study that describes the new mayfly in the Journal of Insect Science.

The larvae have light-brown heads with light-yellow antennae, and they grow to be about 4-5 millimeters in length. Adults are also about five millimeters long, and the males and females both lack hind wings.

Labiobaetis soldani is closely related to Labiobaetis pulchellus, which has been described from Sri Lanka in the larval stage. However, it can be differentiated from all other Labiobaetis species described from the Oriental region by several morphological differences.

Explore further: New planthopper species found in southern Spain

More information: The full, open-access article www.insectscience.org/14.86/

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

New planthopper species found in southern Spain

Jul 22, 2014

Not much is known about the the genus of planthopper known as Conosimus, which now includes six species after a new one was recently discovered in the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula in the Spanish ...

Do the world's smallest flies decapitate tiny ants?

Jul 02, 2012

A new species of phorid fly from Thailand is the smallest fly ever discovered. At just 0.40 millimeters in length, it is 15 times smaller than a house fly and five times smaller than a fruit fly.

Recommended for you

New hope for beloved family pets

1 hour ago

Nearly one out of four dogs will develop cancer in their lifetime and 20 per cent of those will be lymphoma cases.

User comments : 0