Paraplatytropesa grandicornis,

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: 103

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Paraplatytropesa grandicornis


Paraplatytropesa grandicornis  n.sp.

Holotype: male; 14°49'S 125°50'E, Mining Camp, Mitchell Plateau, WesternAustralia, 9-19 May 1983, LD. Naumann & J. Cardale, ex ethanol. ANIC No. 6152.GoogleMaps 

Other specimens examined. WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 1 0, 2¥ ¥, as for holotype; 14°35'S 125°45'E, Lone Dingo, Mitchell PlateauGoogleMaps  , Western Australia, 9-19 May 1983, LD. Naumann & J. Cardale, 10  .

Generally resembling P. rieki  , with significant attributes as follows:

Male. Head ( Figs 20, 21View Figures 20 , 21). Carina short, narrow, not confluent with epistome, not protruding past antennal segment 3 in lateral view, dark brown with light silvery pollinosity. Facial ridge with setulae only close to vibrissa. Frons relatively broad as compared with head width, but rather short ( Table 3), with 2 strong proclinate frontoorbitals and 1 reclinate. Antennal segment 3 short, only as long as that of female. Vibrissae set a little above level of epistome margin, conspicuously long and strong, incurved, decussate. Genae, parafacials, parafrontals, and postorbits with silver pollen; gena conspicuously short, truncate ( Table 3). Thorax. Propleuron with several setulae. Scutellar setulae as for P. tropicalis  . Lower calypter with exposed portion dark. Lappet hairs of posterior spiracle 1-2 in number, inconspicuous. Legs. Fore tibia without p seta. Mid tibia with 2-3 strong a setae. Postero-dorsal strip of hind coxa setulose. Wing. Setulae on basal node of R 3+4 extending half or more the distance to r-m (in other species, largely confined to the swollen base of the vein). Abdomen. T 1+2 dark purplish; T 3 metallic blue with median dark vitta and apical dark band, and conspicuous, pale silvery lateral patches (in posterior view) extending almost to midline; T 4 similarto T 3, but pale patches less conspicuous or absent; T 5 metallic purplish. S3 with only 4-6 long hairs, S4 without any. Genitalia practically identical with those of P. tropicalis  .

Female. Generally similar to male.

Distribution ( Fig. 26View Figure 26, p. 108). Known only from the Kimberleys, Western Australia.


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