Description of a new species and species-group of Sphaeropthalma Blake Hymenoptera: Mutillidae) with an updated classification of the genus

Zootaxa. 2015 Apr 15;3947(2):282-8. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3947.2.10.


A study of Sphaeropthalma Blake from the southwestern USA has revealed a highly autapomorphic undescribed species. This species is described here as S. tapio Pitts & Sadler, sp. nov., and is placed in a new species-group, the S. tapio species-group. This species seems to be found only at higher altitudes in southern Arizona. It is compared to other similar Sphaeropthalma species-groups and is likely most closely related to members of the S. imperialis species-group. An updated species-group classification of Sphaeropthalma is provided.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arizona
  • Hymenoptera / anatomy & histology
  • Hymenoptera / classification*
  • Male