Scatella (Neoscatella) australis (Walker) Zatwarnicki & Irwin, 2018

Zatwarnicki, Tadeusz & Irwin, Anthony G., 2018, Taxonomic notes on the genera Scatella and Scatophila (Diptera: Ephydridae) with a remark on Trixoscelis chilensis (Trixoscelididae), Zootaxa 4377 (1), pp. 91-109 : 93-94

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4377.1.6

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:CD3ED409-1877-4141-9AE3-ADAC1BE329BE

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5967093

persistent identifier

https://treatment.plazi.org/id/A26487EB-FFE6-5B74-FF0C-0E002A6AFE6A

treatment provided by

Plazi

scientific name

Scatella (Neoscatella) australis (Walker)
status

new combination

Scatella (Neoscatella) australis (Walker) , new combination.

( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 )

Ephydra australis Walker, 1853: 409 .

Scatella (Neoscatella) insularis Mathis & Wirth, 1981: 24 , new synonym.

Type material. The lectotype female of S. australis (herein designated) is in poor condition, nearly completely (apart from abdomen and wings) covered by fungal mycelium ( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 ), labelled: "68 4", " australis ", "V D L", "Tasmania. W. W. Saunders B. M. 1868 - 4.", " Neoscatella australis Walker det. B. H. Cogan 1975" preserved in NHMUK.

Type locality of the senior synonym is " Van Dieman's Land" (= Tasmania); localities of junior synonym type series are two islands (Little Dog and Fisher) between the northeast coast of Tasmania and southeastern Australia.

Diagnosis. The species is closely related to S. austrina Mathis & Wirth , but is distinguished from other species by the costal vein of male thickened; wing with two subapical spots in cell R5 apicad of posterior crossvein, if connected to form one white area, aligned almost perpendicularly to longitudinal veins.

Distribution. Australasian/Oceanian: Australia (Tasmania, and two nearby islands: Little Dog and Fisher).

Remarks. Mathis & Zatwarnicki (1995) reported that the type of Ephydra australis Walker was apparently lost (note that they inadvertently referred to it as Notiphila australis ), but it has been rediscovered in NHMUK ( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 ). Detailed examination shows it is the same species as S. insularis Mathis and Wirth : wing with a pale spot towards the base of cell R1, which features in some females of S. insularis , but not in other species of this group. Also other spots are identical as on the photograph in Mathis & Wirth (1981, fig. 44), anterior acrostichal setae are short as on the illustration nr. 46 in above paper. The holotype of the junior synonym is a male and is preserved in Australian National Insect Collection (Canberra, Australia).

NHMUK

Natural History Museum, London

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Ephydridae

Genus

Scatella

Loc

Scatella (Neoscatella) australis (Walker)

Zatwarnicki, Tadeusz & Irwin, Anthony G. 2018
2018
Loc

Scatella (Neoscatella) insularis

Mathis 1981: 24
1981
Loc

Ephydra australis

Walker 1853: 409
1853