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Genus Meleoma

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Neuroptera (Antlions, Lacewings, and Allies)
Suborder Hemerobiiformia (Lacewings and Allies)
Family Chrysopidae (Green Lacewings)
Subfamily Chrysopinae (Typical Green Lacewings)
Tribe Chrysopini
Genus Meleoma
Explanation of Names
Meleoma Fitch 1855
12 spp. in our area(1), 28 total(2)
1. Meleoma arizonensis (Banks, 1903): AZ, CA, NM, TX, UT
2. Meleoma beardi Tauber, 1969: AZ
3. Meleoma dolicharthra (Navás, 1914): western (Canada: BC; United States: AZ, CA, CO, OR, UT, WA)
4. Meleoma emuncta (Fitch, 1855): widespread (Canada: BC, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, QC; United States: AZ, CA, CO, ID, MA, ME, MI, NC, NH, NM, NV, NY, OR, UT, VA, VT, WA, WS)
5. Meleoma furcata (Banks, 1911): AZ, CA, NM, UT
6. Meleoma hageni Banks, 1948: AZ, NM
7. Meleoma kennethi Tauber, 1969: CA, NV
8. Meleoma pallida Banks, 1908: AZ, CA
9. Meleoma pinalena (Banks, 1950): AZ, NM
10. Meleoma schwarzi (Banks, 1903): AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, OR, UT
11. Meleoma signoretii Fitch, 1855: eastern (Canada: BC, MB, NS, ON, QC; United States: DC, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV)
12. Meleoma tezcucana (Banks, 1948): AZ
Meleoma are recognizable for their longer, more strongly cylindrical (straight-sided) antennal scapes with broad separation between the two, of about the width of their bases. Males have a tubercle or other modification between the antennae, unique to this genus.(3)

M. emuncta, the most widespread species, bears similarities in coloration with Chrysoperla species but, in terms of coloration, is separated by the single black line on the genae, lacking any red streaks.
New World(4); across NA but most spp. restricted to sw. US, M. emuncta being transcontinental and M. signoretii eastern (but also in AB & BC!)(1)(5)
Works Cited
1.Species catalog of the Neuroptera, Megaloptera, and Raphidioptera of America North of Mexico
Penny N.D., Adams P.A., Stange L.A. 1997. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 50: 39-114.
2.Lacewing Digital Library
3.Taxonomy and biology of the lacewing genus Meleoma (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae)
Catherine A. Tauber. 1969. University of California Publications in Entomology, 58:vi+1-94.
4.Kymachrysa, a new genus of Nearctic green lacewings (Neuroptera, Chrysopidae, Chrysopini)
Tauber C.A., Garland J.A. 2014. ZooKeys 437: 87-108.
5.Chrysopidae of Canada and Alaska (Ins., Neuroptera): revised checklist, new and noteworthy records,and geo-referenced localities
Garland J.A., Kevan D.K. Mce. 2007. Zootaxa 1486: 1–84.