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Megaloptera (dobsonflies and alderflies)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Phylum: Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Holometabola > Neuropterida

 

Dobsonfly Chloroniella peringueyi (Corydalidae)

Alderfly Leptosialis africana (Sialidae), the only sialid known from southern Africa (very rare).

Larva of corydalid on bottom of stream. Note lateral abdominal gills. 

Megaloptera have aquatic predaceous larvae. They are found in streams of the Cape folded mountains and the Drakensberg. There are two families in the order: Corydalidae (dobsonflies; have ocelli) and Sialidae (alderflies; ocelli absent).

 

 

 


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