Botosaneanu, Lazare; Hyslop, Eric J.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Life Sciences
A systematic and biogeographic study of the caddishfly fauna of Jamaica (Insecta: Trichoptera)
Date of Publication
Results of the travel to Jamaica (1997) of the first author with strong support from the University of the West Indies - Kingston, a travel devoted to intensive sampling of adult caddisflies especially in the western part of the island, previously almost unexplored in this respect. 35 taxa were sampled, evaluating to 52 the number of species and subspecies presently recorded from Jamaica. Seven species and two subspecies are described as new (in the genera Cubanoptila, Alisotrichia, Ochrotrichia, Metrichia, Neotrichia, Smicridea, Nectopsyche, Helicopsyche). Genus Cubanoptila and sub-family Macronematinae are new for Jamaica. The status of several taxa has needed changes. The previously expressed opinion that the Jamaican fauna has only weak ties with that of other Greater Antilles, should certainly be 'shaded.' There is presently good evidence about the existence on the island of and East/West faunistic disjunction, with two centres of endemism and several clear cases of geographic vicariance. Among other discoveries should be stressed that of the first known case in insect (or arthropods) of a species existing in two enantiomorphic aspects, a dextral and a laeval one.....