|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||2017|
|Authors:||J. Haxaire, Minet J.|
|Keywords:||ADULT MORPHOLOGY, CATALOGUE, FEMALE GENITALIA, MALE GENITALIA, MALGASSOCLANIS, MONARDA, PANTOPHAEA, PENTATEUCHA, SPHINGIDAE, VENATION|
"The Malagasy species Polyptychus suffuscus, long regarded as a member of Malgassoclanis (Smerinthinae), is transferred to the genus Pantophaea (along with “Carcassonia” scheveni), that is to the Sphinginae. This hawkmoth indeed possesses enlarged, conspicuous spines on the basitarsus of its foreleg, a feature here proposed as an autapomorphy of the Sphinginae, which can also be characterized by two other derived traits. On the other hand, the subfamily Smerinthinae has, in its forewing ground plan, a hitherto unnoticed modification of the space situated, distally, below the anal vein (an apomorphy absent from Pantophaea suffuscus n. comb.).