Amenia crinita,

Colless, D. H., 1998, Morphometrics in the genus Amenia and revisionary notes on the Australian Ameniinae (Diptera: Calliphoridae), with the description of eight new species, Records of the Australian Museum 50 (1), pp. 85-123: 109

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Amenia crinita


Amenia crinita  n.sp.

Holotype: male; 15°30'S 145°16'E, 1 km SE of Mt Cook , Queensland, 13 October 1980, D.H. Colless, (at light). ANIC 6155View Materials.GoogleMaps 

Other specimens examined. QUEENSLAND: Lockerbie, Cape  York, 2 April 1964, LF. B. Common & M.S. Upton, 1~; Bamaga, Cape  York, 4 April 1964, LF. B. Common & M.S. Upton, 1 ~; Middle Claudie River, Iron Range , 13 September 1974, G. Daniels, 1 cS ( AM)  ; Iron Range , 2-9 June 1971, E.F. Riek, ㅾ 㬠  15°03'S 145°09'E, 3km NE of Mt Webb , 1-3 October 1980, T. Weir, 2縠 ~; same data, D.H. Colless, 1~; samedata, 3 October 1980, D.H. Colless, ㅾ 㬠GoogleMaps  15°04'S 145°0TE, Mt Webb NP, 28 April 1981, D.H. Colless, 3cS cS, 1縠; samedata, 29 April 1981, D.H. Colless, 1 cS  ; 15°16'S 144°59'E, 14 km NW Hope Vale Mission, 8 May 1981, D.H. Colless, 1 cS; Leo Creek, McIlwraith Range, near Coen , 2-3 November 1969, 1 縠 ( UQ)GoogleMaps  ; Bayview, Cairns , 16°5TS 145°43'E, 6 December 1991, e. J. Burwell, 1縠 ( UQ)  ; Kuranda, F.P. Dodd , 1cS ( SAM)  ; Cairns District,A.M. Lea , 1 cS ( SAM)  ; Mt Bartle Frere (East Base), 80 ft, 29 April 1955, K. R. Norris, 1~; Palmerston East , Innisfail District , 25 January 1991, D.K. McAlpine & B. Day, 1cS, 1縠 ( AM)  .

This is the " imperialis Cooktownform  " ofPart 1, closely resembling A. imperialis  , but differing as follows:

Male. Head: frons relatively short ( Table 2, "Cooktown form"); antennal segment ratio 3.1-3.8. Carina slightly, but distinctly, flatter in profile, less protruding, and therefore less clearly separated from epistome. Wing: bend ofM relatively closer to wing margin, index 0.6-0.9; upper calypter more than 50% dark, the external margin and associated fringe continuing brown or golden-brown to junction with lower member. Legs: hind tibia ( Fig. 24View Figures 24) with conspicuous ad fringe of close-set bristles of more or less uniform length and strength, about as long as the tibia is wide. Abdomen: T 3 lacking the usual pair of median marginal bristles. T 3 with lateral pale patches reduced, sometimes absent. Genital segments lacking the strong, almost spiny bristles present in othermembers of the group.

Female. Differing from imperialis  in the M-bend index and calypter colouration; also, lateral pale patches on abdominal T 3 usually absent; antennal segment ratio 2.7-3.2.

Notes. The species was first recognised morphometrically in the male sex only (see Part 1, Fig. 7). Additional diagnostic attributes were later discovered, including the colouration of the calypters, which enabled identification of females. The list of specimens examined includes a number identified since the morphometric studies were made.

Distribution ( Fig. 3View Figure 3). North Queensland.


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