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Published: 2022-07-07

The first cavernicolous Leuctridae (Insecta: Plecoptera) nymph from Guizhou, China

School of Horticulture and Plant Protection & Institute of Applied Entomology, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225009, China.
College of Ceramics and Design, Beibu Gulf University, Qinzhou 535100, China.
College of Ceramics and Design, Beibu Gulf University, Qinzhou 535100, China.
School of Horticulture and Plant Protection & Institute of Applied Entomology, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225009, China.
School of Horticulture and Plant Protection & Institute of Applied Entomology, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225009, China.
School of Horticulture and Plant Protection & Institute of Applied Entomology, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225009, China. 2Joint International Research Laboratory of Agriculture and Agri-Product Safety, the Ministry of Education, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225009, China.
Plecoptera cave nymphal description phylogenetic analysis Rhopalopsole GR stonefly troglobiont


In this study, the first cavernicolous stonefly of China is reported from Guizhou Province, southwestern China. The morphological characteristics show that this species is a member of the genus Rhopalopsole Klapálek, 1912 (Plecoptera: Leuctridae). The pale coloration and the reduced compound eyes indicate that this species could be an obligate troglobitic taxon. The mtDNA COI barcode fragment of this species supports its assignment to Rhopalopsole and suggests it a distant relative to Rhopalopsole longispina Yang & Yang, 1991.



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