Taxonomy of the genus Nala Zacher, 1910 (Dermaptera: Labiduridae) from India


  • Zoological Survey of India, M-Block, New Alipore, Kolkata West Bengal-700053, India
  • Zoological Survey of India, M-Block, New Alipore, Kolkata West Bengal-700053, India



Dermaptera, Nala, redescription, India.


Three species of the genus Nala, viz., Nala lividipes (Dufour, 1829), Nala nepalensis (Burr, 1907) and Nala basalis Bey- Bienko, 1970 are known from India. These species are redescribed and illustrated based on detailed morphological characters, the unique male forceps structure and the structures of male genitalia. New additional diagnostic characters, which are more specific to each species are proposed for the identity of these species. A key to the Indian species of the genus Nala is provided, along with a systematic list, geographical distributions, type localities, taxonomic remarks, digital images and point distribution map of each Indian species. This study will be useful for the accurate identification of the species by future researchers.


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Lekha Dey, S., & Emiliyamma, K. G. (2023). Taxonomy of the genus <i>Nala Zacher</i>, 1910 (Dermaptera: Labiduridae) from India. Records of the Zoological Survey of India, 123(2S), 657–670.


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