Pygatyphella peculiaris (Olivier, 1909)

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: 97

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scientific name

Pygatyphella peculiaris (Olivier, 1909)
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Pygatyphella peculiaris (Olivier, 1909)  

( Figs 259, 315, 316, 318, 321–326)

Luciola peculiaris Olivier, 1909a:317   Atyphella peculiaris (Olivier)   . Olivier, 1911:174; 1913:417. Luciola (Luciola) peculiaris Olivier. McDermott, 1966:111   . Synonymy. Lloyd, 1973b:992 (light production); 1977:178,

179 (light production). Luciola (Pygatyphella) peculiaris Olivier. Ballantyne, 1968:112   ; Ballantyne,1987a:179.

Holotype. Male. PAPUA NEW GUINEA ( MCSN).  

Material examined. PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Morobe Pr., 3.46S, 143.52E, 4mi n Wau elev. c. 2800' nr Kunai Creek, Lae Rd. 1969, J.E. Lloyd, 5 males, 17.x, (G316, 319, 321, 324, 331); 2 males, 18.x (G351, 354); 2 males, 12.xi (G566 orange label, G565); 5 males, 13.xi (G583, 584, 587, 589, 596); male, 14.xi (G604); female, 16.x, (G616) ( JELC) GoogleMaps   . Northern Pr., 9.02S, 148.2E, Mt Lamington , NE Papua, 1300–1500 feet, C T McNamara, 13 males, 4 females (one male at light) ( SAM) GoogleMaps   . Northern Pr. , 8.52S, 147.73E, Kokoda, Papua, 1200 feet, 14.vii.1933, at light, L. Cheeseman, 6 males, 4 females ( NHML) GoogleMaps   .

Code name. Luciola   5 ( Lloyd 1973b)

Diagnosis. A moderate sized species (9.3–9.8 mm long) distinguished from all other Pygatyphella   by the possession of paired dorsal protuberances of V 7 in the male; similar to Pygat. eliptaminensis   and distinguished by its smaller size, and colour of PN and elytra.

Male. Additional features. Aedeagal sheath ( Figs 325, 326) with posterior half of sternite relatively narrow; tergite short with anterior margin darker than rest. T8 ( Fig. 322) lacking median longitudinal groove.

Remarks. Pygat. peculiaris   was sympatric at Kunai Creek with Pygat. huonensis   . Lloyd (1973b) described the single flash pattern of the males, which flew singly, with a flash period of 0.5 sec, contrasting with a flash period of 1.5 sec for huonensis   . The projections on the dorsal surface of V7 are apparently reflexed parts of the anterior margins of the dorsal cuticle, which ‘faces’ the MPP, and are visible in almost all the males examined. They may be a consequence of drying and appear to have no obvious function.

MCSN

Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Verona

SAM

South African Museum

NHML

Natural History Museum, Tripoli

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Lampyridae

Genus

Pygatyphella

Loc

Pygatyphella peculiaris (Olivier, 1909)

Ballantyne, Lesley A. & Lambkin, Christine 2009
2009
Loc

Luciola peculiaris

Lloyd, J. E. 1973: 992
McDermott, F. A. 1966: 111
Olivier, E. 1913: 417
Olivier, E. 1911: 174
Olivier, E. 1909: 317
1909