Amenia imperialis

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: 109-110

publication ID

http://doi.org/ 10.3853/j.0067-1975.50.1998.1275

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4657295

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/9A5987F8-1625-FFE9-FA36-F686FB64FDF1

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scientific name

Amenia imperialis
status

 

Amenia imperialis   , "arid form"

I am using this name for a set of eight males, from arid areas of inland New South Wales and Queensland, that are seemingly intermediate between typical A. imperialis   and A. albosquamata   . They cluster with the latter in the ordination described in Part 1, having, for instance, the typically long face and narrow gena and the long antennal segment 3 (ratio 3.2-4.6 for males). However, the calypters resemble those of imperialis   , as does the M-bend index.

I suspect that this "form" actually belongs to A. albosquamata   , and that the morphological separation of the latter from A. imperialis   is slighter than I am here recognising; indeed, the two "species" may represent the extremes of a cline. But without additional material, I am unable to take the matter further.

Specimens examined. NEW SOUTH WALES: Mt Boppy, near Cobar , 25 November 1949, S.J. Paramonov, 5cS cS; 1 mile  

NE of Bohena, Pilliga Scrub , 5 April 1951, Key & Chinnick, 10. QUEENSLAND   : 28 km NNE of Charleville , 18 October 1978, D.H. Colless, 10; 17°12'S 144°33'E GoogleMaps   , 6 km SE of Chillagoe , 27 November 1981, D.H. Colless, 10   .

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Calliphoridae

Genus

Amenia