May 18, 2024

Scientists Have Discovered a Bizarre New Species of Scorpionflies

A recently discovered types of big scorpionfly from Nepal named Lulilan obscurus. Credit: University of Göttingen/ R Willmann
An entomologist has determined a new types of large bug from Nepal with odd genitalia.
Zoologist Professor Rainer Willmann, previously the head of the Zoological Museum at the University of Göttingen, has actually recognized and classified a new genus of scorpionflies from Nepal, calling it “Lulilan.” His findings have been published in the journal Contributions to Entomology.
” The appearance of the freshly discovered scorpionflies could hardly be more bizarre,” says Willmann The males have a spindly, incredibly elongated abdominal area, at the end of which is a big organ– with long, comprehending pincers– for breeding. The pests have a body length of more than 3 centimeters, suggesting they are particularly big. The insects were caught by the Mainz zoologist Professor Jochen Martens and his colleague from Stuttgart Dr. Wolfgang Schawaller. Previously, just one such types was known and that was discovered exactly 200 years back.
In addition to the long head, quality of all scorpionflies, its very extended abdomen is striking. It is explained by Emeritus Professor Rainer Willmann, University of Göttingen, together with other species that comprise a new genus of scorpionfly called Lulilan. Credit: University of Göttingen/ R Willmann.
” Despite their dangerous-sounding name, scorpionflies are completely safe to human beings,” states Willmann. In Europe, there are only a couple of species of scorpionflies. “More species of Lulilan probably exist in Nepal and the surrounding regions,” Willmann states.

From the scorpionflies that have already been described, just the genus Leptopanorpa, which is belonging to Sumatra, Java, and Bali, has actually established such a distinctive abdomen. However, it is not carefully associated to Lulilan. “This is an incredible example where similar attributes emerge separately, perhaps in action to similar evolutionary pressures,” says Willmann.
Referral: “Neue Skorpionsfliegen (Mecoptera, Panorpidae) aus Nepal” by Rainer Willmann, 5 December 2022, Contributions to Entomology.DOI: 10.3897/ contrib.entomol.72. e97277.

It is described by Emeritus Professor Rainer Willmann, University of Göttingen, together with other types that make up a new genus of scorpionfly called Lulilan. Credit: University of Göttingen/ R Willmann.
” Despite their dangerous-sounding name, scorpionflies are totally safe to human beings,” states Willmann. “More species of Lulilan most likely exist in Nepal and the surrounding areas,” Willmann says.