Heteromeringia limacens, Lonsdale, 2009

Lonsdale, Owen, 2009, The Heteromeringia (Diptera: Clusiidae: Clusiodinae) of Australia, Records of the Australian Museum 61 (3), pp. 229-262: 250

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http://doi.org/ 10.3853/j.0067-1975.61.2009.1531

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Heteromeringia limacens


Heteromeringia limacens   n.sp.

Fig. 100

Type material. HOLOTYPE: New South Wales: Carrai SF, 30°54'35"S 152°16'26"E, 1090 m, E. Tasker, 11–16.i.1998, sticky trap on E. obliqua, CC-FK-018-2 (1♀, AMS) GoogleMaps   . PARATYPE: New South Wales: Carrai SF, 30°59'45"S 152°16'23"E, 930 m, E. Tasker, 3–8.xii.1997, sticky trap on E. campanulata, CS-FZ-127-6 (1♀, DEBU) GoogleMaps   .


Male. Unknown.

Female. Body length 4.8 mm. Bristles black. First flagellomere orbicular. Arista pubescent. Vibrissa relatively long and curved. Ocellar bristle approximately as long as postvertical. Two dorsocentral bristles. Gena relatively high and bent medially. Face and buccal cavity meeting at an angle. Head mostly yellow, sometimes with brownishgolden tint; first flagellomere brownish-orange; ocellar tubercle brown; frons golden-orange centrally; back of head with one pair of faded stripes radiating from foramen; upper half of gena silvery tomentose. Fore tarsi ovate in cross section. Scutum yellow with central spindle-shaped stripe and one pair of small faint spots at suture. Scutellum yellow. Laterotergites brownish laterally. Pleuron yellow with dorsal 1 ⁄ 3 of anepisternum dark brown, anepimeron brown, dorsal margin of katepisternum faded brown and meron light brown. Legs yellow with fore tarsi brown (first segment and base of second segment yellow), fore tibia with faint sub-basal band and fore femur with faint subapical band. Abdomen dark brown with segment 10 yellow. M 1+2 ratio 5.1. Wing with faint anterodistal infuscation and light cloud around distal 1 ⁄ 3 of R 4+5 (indistinct in one specimen). Halter white.

Female terminalia (Fig. 100). Sides of tergite 8 meeting at 2 ⁄ 3 length ventrally. Ventral receptacle thin and cylindrical; flagellum long and straight. Spermatheca longer than wide and with minute basal wrinkles; apex broadly rounded and invagination small and slightly offset.

Etymology. The specific name is derived from the Greek for slug (limax), describing the shape of the notal stripe.


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