Saccharodite vitrea Zelazny

Zelazny, B. & Webb, M. D., 2011, 3071, Zootaxa 3071, pp. 1-307: 137-138

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Saccharodite vitrea Zelazny

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Saccharodite vitrea Zelazny   , sp. nov.

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Description. Forewings 1.9 times longer than wide, length: male 3.0– 3.7 mm (mean = 3.3, n = 4), female 3.5–4.9 mm (mean = 3.9, n = 9). Colour stramineous; frons, in front of antennae, apical segment of labium, middle of pronotum, and mesopleura light orange; fore tibiae faintly orange; junction of hind femora and tibiae reddish; mesonotum light brown but scutellum stramineous; abdomen dark red, but basal 2 abdominal sternites and genitalia stramineous. Forewings glassy, very faintly yellowish, base of Sc+R with 2 faint brown marks. Hindwings with part of Cu and claval vein reddish. In profile junction of vertex and face rounded; subantennal processes well separated from margins of facial carinae; rostrum slightly surpassing post trochanter. Forewings with Sc+R fork at middle of forewings, basal median cell about as wide as basal cell between Sc+R and M; no triangle at base of Ms1. Male genitalia with pygofer narrow. Genital styles oval; proximal dorsal process short and slender; distal dorsal process long and wide; a small hump between both processes: Apical part of aedeagus short, a small membranous lobe at the tip.

Etymology. The species name is a Latin adjective (vitreus, -a, -um = vitreous).

Type material. Holotype ♂ (forewing 3.2 mm), PAPUA NEW GUINEA; labels: 1) NEW GUINEA: SE/ Mamai Pltn., E. of/ Port Glasgow , 150 m / 30.I.1965 2) R. Straatman/ Collector/ BISHOP ( BPBM)   . Paratypes. INDONESIA: PAPUA: Waris, S. of Hollandia , 450–500 m, 1–7.VIII.1959, 1 ♀ (fw. 3.9), at light, T   . C. Maa; Bokondini, 40 Km N of Baliem Val., ca 1300 m, 16–23.XI.1961, 1 ♀ (fw. 4.3), sweeping grass, Quate & Quate; Ifar , Cyclops Mts. , 300–500 m, 26–28. VI   .1962, 1 ♀ (fw. 3.5), light trap, J.L. Gressitt & J. Sedlacek; INDONESIA: WEST PAPUA: Vogelkop, Kebar Val., W. of Manokwari , 550 m, 4–31.I.1962, 1 ♀ (fw. 3.5), light trap, S. & L. Quate   ; PAPUA NEW GUINEA: NE, Lae, Singnawa R., 147°10' E 6°55' S GoogleMaps   , 30 m, 8.IV.1966, 1 ♀ (fw. 3.8), light trap, O. R   . Wilkes; Wana, Upper Jimmi Val. , 1500 m, 11. VII   .1956, 1 ♂ (fw. 3.7), Gressitt; W. Distr. , Oriomo Govt. Stn. , 26–28.X.1960, 1 ♀ (fw. 3.7), Malaise trap, Gressitt (all BPBM); Kokoda, 1200 ft [400m], VI     , IX.1933, 2 ♀ (fw. 4.0, 4.1), L.E. Cheesman ( BMNH)   ; Morobe Distr., Wau , 1200 m, 8–14.XII.1976, 1 ♀ (fw. 4.3), light trap, G.F. Hevel & R   . E. Dietz IV ( USNM)   ; SOLOMON ISLANDS: Vella Lavella, Ulo Crater , 10–60 m, 17, 21.XII.1963, 2 ♂ (fw. 3.0, 3.3), light & Malaise trap, P. Shanahan ( BPBM)   .

Distribution. Island of New Guinea, Solomon Islands.

Diagnosis. Saccharodite vitrea   resembles closely Sa. rosea   sp. nov., also from New Guinea. However, most parts of head and thorax are stramineous or light brown, and the forewings lack an orange section on the hind margin near the clavus tip.


University of Newcastle


Departamento de Geologia, Universidad de Chile


Bishop Museum


Tavera, Department of Geology and Geophysics


Mykotektet, National Veterinary Institute


Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History