Atyphella lamingtonia, Ballantyne & Lambkin, 2009

Ballantyne, Lesley A. & Lambkin, Christine, 2009, Systematics of Indo-Pacific fireflies with a redefinition of Australasian Atyphella Olliff, Madagascan Photuroluciola Pic, and description of seven new genera from the Luciolinae (Coleoptera: Lampyridae), Zootaxa 1997, pp. 1-188 : 47-48

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Atyphella lamingtonia

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Atyphella lamingtonia sp. n.

( Figs 150–152, 160–161)

Holotype. Male. PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Northern Pr. , 9.02S, 148.2E, Mt Lamington, 1200–1500 feet, C T McNamara ( SAM). GoogleMaps

Paratypes (4). PAPUA NEW GUINEA: same as for holotype, males ( SAM) .

Diagnosis. One of eight species from New Guinea and Australia with striped elytra; the only species with additional lines of fat body in elytra giving appearance of extra longitudinal stripes; lacking flat anterior portion of hypomeron and ridge around elytral apices characteristic of Australian Atyphella .

Male description. 5.6–6.6 mm long, 2.6–2.8 mm wide, W/L 0.4. Colour ( Figs 150–152): pronotum pale whitish yellow, semitransparent and paler in areas of fat body clusters; median dark marking extending to and expanding narrowly at both anterior and posterior margins; MN pale; MS and base colour of elytra light brown; elytra with 4 pale interstitial lines with irregular deposition of fat body within lines, and 2 additional fine lines between suture and interstitial line1, and lines 1 and 2; elytra ( Figs 150, 151) with pale lateral margin not reaching interstitial line 4, narrowly pale around apex, suture with pale apical 1/3 (fat body), anterior 2/3 light brown; head between eyes, metathoracic sternum, tibiae and tarsi of all legs, abdominal ventrites 2–5 and tergites 2–6 very dark brown, rest dingy slightly paler brown except for pale semitransparent tergites 7, 8 and whitish LO. Pronotum: 1.1 mm long; 2.0– 2.2 mm wide; W/L 2–2.2; 1/5–1/6 as long as total body length; lateral margins divergent posteriorly with rounded convergence; posterolateral corners rounded obtuse, projecting a little behind median posterior margin; anterior hypomeron not flat; posterior area widely flattened and closely adpressed. Elytron ( Figs 150, 151): margins slightly convex-sided; 4.5–5.0 mm long; with 4 defined interstitial lines; epipleuron and suture not continuing around apex as ridge and neither thickened in apical half. Head: GHW 1.3 mm; SIW 0.1 mm; SIW/GHW 1/13; ASD<ASW, antennal sockets very close, not contiguous; frons-vertex ‘junction’ rounded not well–defined. Antennal length longer than GHW and <2 x GHW; 11 segmented. Mouthparts functional; apical segment of labial palpi laterally compressed, like a fairly wide triangle, with inner longer margin bearing 3 elongate teeth. Abdomen, ventrites: LO occupying most of V6; LO in V7 reaching sides but not posterior margin, MPP short and broad. Tergites: T8 as wide as long; anterior prolongations of T8 narrow, not as long as posterior entire half. Aedeagal sheath: with posterior margin of sternite rounded, lacking projection. Aedeagus ( Figs 160–161): L/W<3/1, LL/ML moderate; LL diverging along their length in apical half only, and slightly shorter than ML; apices of LL rounded, not outturned, width subequal to that of ML; base of LL broadly rounded.

Female, Larva. Not associated.

Etymology. The species is named for its type locality.


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