Sphodropoda lepida, Milledge, 2005

Milledge, G. A., 2005, Revision of the Genera Sphodropoda, Trachymantis and Zopheromantis (Mantodea: Mantidae: Mantinae), Records of the Australian Museum 57, pp. 191-210: 200-202

publication ID

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5240557

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5240557

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03F287A4-FFB4-FFC9-4B51-F966FDA1F2D9

treatment provided by

Felipe

scientific name

Sphodropoda lepida
status

n.sp.

Sphodropoda lepida   n.sp.

Figs. 20–23, 43

Material examined. HOLOTYPE 3, Uluru campsite, Horn Centenary Expedition , 25°23'10"S 131°00'46"E, Northern Territory, 25 Mar 1995, G. Milledge ( NMV) GoogleMaps   . PARATYPES (733): 13, Ayers Rock , Northern Territory, 16 Feb 1967, M.S. Upton   ; 633, 56 km W of Amata, Musgrave Ranges , 26°09'S 130°35'E, South Australia, 20–21 Jan 1982, D.C.F. & B.G.F. Rentz & R. Honeycutt (all ANIC) GoogleMaps   .

Diagnosis. This species can be distinguished by the lack of markings on the inner face of the fore coxa ( Fig. 22), the banded tegmina ( Fig. 20) and the form of the male genitalia ( Fig. 23).

Description. Male only, female unknown. Medium sized species. Body colour partly green and partly purplish brown. Head ( Fig. 21) purplish brown; narrower than other species in the genus, ridge on frontal shield without blunt point at apex. Prothorax purplish brown, paler at margins; with a few scattered tubercles on dorsal surface; lateral margin finely denticulate. Fore legs green; inner face of coxa without markings ( Fig. 22), anterior margin with 7 denticles; inner face of fore femur with three small dark spots at base of spines; inner face of all tarsal segments black. Mid and hind legs green. Wings about as long as abdomen; dorsal and ventral surface of costal area of tegmen purplish, hyaline; hind wing with costal and discoidal area greenish, anal hyaline. Abdomen with median black spot on proximal margin of ventral sclerites 2–5. Male genitalia ( Fig. 23) with short, broad apr; pa with smooth, pointed anterior projection, shagreened posteriorly with pointed lateral and blunt dorsal projections; apr with anterior projection moderately elongate, posterior one extremely short.

Immature stages. Immature stages and ootheca unknown.

Distribution and habits. At present, only known from central Australia ( Fig. 43). Habits unknown but likely to be similar to other members of the genus.

NMV

Museum Victoria

ANIC

Australian National Insect Collection

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Mantodea

Family

Mantidae

Genus

Sphodropoda