ISSN: 1800-427X (printed)
eISSN: 1800-427X (online)

Submitted date: 18 November 2021
Accepted date: 5 May 2022
Published date: 23 May 2022
Pp. 38–39, Pl. 10.

First report of lance lacewing, Spilosmylus tuberculatus from the Western Ghats

T.B. Suryanarayanan* & C. Bijoy
*Corresponding author. E-mail: suryantb1995@gmail.com

In India, 16 species of lance lacewings (Order Neuroptera: Family Osmylidae) belonging to 8 genera and 3 subfamilies have been reported, but there has not been a single species reported from the Western Ghats region. Spilosmylus Kolbe 1897 is the dominant genus of the Subfamily Spilosmylinae and only four species: S. darjeelingensis Ghosh, 2000, S. lineatocollis (McLachlan, 1870), S. pretiosus (Banks, 1931), and S. tuberculatus (Walker, 1853) have been reported from India. Spilosmylus tuberculatus is a widespread species in eastern and southern Asia, but the species has not been reported so far from the Western Ghats region of India. Spilosmylus tuberculatus has been formerly reported from Balaghat (Madhya Pradesh), Assam, Andaman Islands and Maharashtra. Here we report it as the first record of the family Osmylidae from the Western Ghats.

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