An international journal on animal taxonomy, diversity, ecology and zoogeography

 ISSN: 0973-7871 (online)
 ISSN: 0973-9955 (print)
 Volume: 7, Number: 2

ISSN: 0973-7871(Online Edition)

Date of Publication: July 13, 2014

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  Editorial December, 2013   
Dear Authors and Readers, Our founder and Chief Editor, Prof. T.C.Narendran had passed away on 31st December, 2013. His untimely demise filled the community of Hymenopteran Biosystematists the world over with grief and a sense of irreparable loss, evidenced by write ups in the print media and abundant correspondence received. Some of the letters expressed sheer disbelief as he was working till his last day. An obituary note appears in this issue of Biosystematica. Prof. T.C Narendran Trust desired that I should take up those duties of the journal Dr. Narendran was performing. I have agreed to take up for a period such responsibilities. However, all other members of the Editorial Board will continue to function as before. As editors of Biosystematica we find ourselves deprived of his experience, guidance and wisdom and are overwhelmed with duties he was shouldering . May this be an excuse for the delay in publishing this volume this year. Simultaneously some necessary changes in the organization of our journal were signaled to us from various sources: the new regulations of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature and expectations of the authors and readers. This cause us to introduce the following minor changes from the next issue. 1. The journal is continued under the title “Biosystematica”. 2. To accelerate the rate of publication of the new taxa, from 2014 all the papers will be published in PDF online as soon as they are processed. Estimated time at this stage is 2 months/3 months, after final acceptance of corrected proof. According to the new regulations, these electronic descriptions of the new taxa and nomenclatural acts will be valid in the moment of their appearance under certain conditions which we declare to fulfill *. Particularly the Managing Editor/Associate Editor of the journal will take care to register these electronic works in the official Register of Zoological Nomenclature (with ZooBank as its online version) and will include the registration numbers in the papers. Two printed volumes will continue to appear annually as before which will accumulate the papers published previously online. 3. According to the recommendations of the ICZN and leading journals like Zootaxa and Acta zoologica, original descriptions of taxa should be cited in full in the references. Therefore, we encourage our authors to take care from now on of the full citations of descriptions published in other journals when these taxa are dealt with in Biosystematica. This will enhance the citation index of our journal, with mutual advantage to the authors and to the journal. We hope these changes will make the publication in our journal more effective and friendly. P.T. Cherian (see: Amendment of Articles 8,9,10,21 and 78 of the ICZN to expand and refine methods of publication; full text Zookeys (2012) 209:1-10; doi. 10.3897 (Zookeys, 219. 3944)
Biosystematica, 7(2): 09-21 (2014-07-13) Accepted: 2013-12-12

On five new species of Indian Tetrastichinae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Eulophidae)



Three new species of Aprostocetus viz Aprostocetus sairandhricus Narendran & Nikhil sp. nov., Aprostocetus asulcatus Narendran & Minu sp. nov. and Aprostocetus alpinus Narendran & Peter sp. nov. and two new species of Neotrichoporoides viz Neotrichoporoides neoidukkiensis Narendran & Peter sp. nov. and Neotrichoporoides aicoptaxus Narendran & Peter sp. nov. are described. Map showing distribution of both genera in India is given.

Biosystematica, 7(2): 23-27 (2014-07-13) Accepted: 2013-12-02

New generic placement under tribe Tricimbini (Chloropidae: Oscinellinae) and description of a new species of Tricimbomyia Cherian from India



Genus Indometopis Cherian is placed under the tribe Tricimbini. The rare genus Tricimbomyia Cherian is revised and a new species T. brevicarinata is described from India. The unique characters of the genus and their significance in the evolution of Chloropidae is discussed and a key to all the species of the genus is given.

Biosystematica, 7(2): 29-37 (2014-07-13) Accepted: 2014-02-07

A taxonomic review of the Oriental genus Labus de Saussure, 1867 (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Eumeninae) from the Indian subcontinent


Abstract: The genus Labus of the Indian subcontinent is reviewed. The distribution of Labus angularis Vecht, L. humbertianus de Saussure and L. pusillus Vecht in the Indian states is augmented. The species L. amoenus is newly recorded from Malaysia and Singapore, and L. angularis is newly recorded from Myanmar. A key to species of the Indian subcontinent and a checklist of the world species are provided.

Biosystematica, 7(2): 39-41 (2014-07-13) Accepted: 2014-02-19

Notes and corrections on some records of Mymaridae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) from India


Abstract: Corrections are made on the erroneous published records of several species of Anagrus Haliday and Anaphes Haliday (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae) from India. Two Indian species of another fairyfly genus, Polynema Haliday, are placed in the proper subgenus, P. (Doriclytus Foerster). Notes on some other Oriental (mainly Indian) Mymaridae are provided; the genera Allanagrus Noyes and Valentine, Australomymar Girault, Eubroncus Yoshimoto, Kozlov and Trjapitzin, Platystethynium Ogloblin, Schizophragma Ogloblin, and Stephanocampta Mathot are newly recorded from Thailand. 

Biosystematica, 7(2): 43-46 (2014-07-13) Accepted: 2013-10-11

Role of Niche Breadth and Resource Availability on the Life History of Butterflies: A Case Study at Peechi, Kerala



Resource utilization and habitat exploitations of a species  depends on the availability of nectar and larval host-plants, predator avoidance and mate location. This study is an analysis of relationship between three biological characteristics (mobility, body size, behaviour) with resource availability (abundance of host plants) and niche breadth (larval host plant specificity and adult habitat breadth). The adult habitat breadth has a positive correlation with mobility, resource availability and adult body size, although larval specificity showed very little correlation with any of the above factors. This indicates that species with narrow niche breadth in terms of larval feeding specificity or adult habitat breadth are less mobile than the species with wide niche breadth.