Australoluciola australis (Fabricius)

Ballantyne, Lesley A. & Lambkin, Christine L., 2013, Systematics and Phylogenetics of Indo-Pacific Luciolinae Fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) and the Description of new Genera, Zootaxa 3653 (1), pp. 1-162: 48

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http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5266786

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scientific name

Australoluciola australis (Fabricius)
status

comb. nov.

Australoluciola australis (Fabricius)   comb. nov.

[ Figs 26–34 View FIGURES 26–34 ]

Lampyris australis Fabricius 1775:201   ; 1781:253; 1787:162; 1792:102; 1801:104. Lacordaire, 1857:338. Motschulsky, 1854:53 (partim). Nec Guérin-Méneville, 1838:74. Boisduval, 1835:125, plate vi, Fig. 13 View FIGURES 9–17 .

Lampyris italica var. australis Fabricius. Olivier, G., 1790:18   . Fabricius, 1792:104. Luciola australis   (F.). Laporte, 1833:150. Lea, 1909:108 (partim). Masters, 1886:288; 1888:327. McDermott, 1966:99. (partim). Ballantyne, 1988:161. Ballantyne & Lambkin, 2001: 57; 2009: 21. Nec Gorham, 1880:104; Olivier, 1883:330; 1885:362; 1902:74 (larva); 1907:50; 1909b:lxxxi; 1913b:417; Olliff, 1890:652; Lea, 1921a:197.

Luciola pudica Olliff, 1890:652   . Lea, 1909:109 (female). Ballantyne, 1988:162 (Synonymy).

Luciola (Luciola) pudica Olliff. McDermott, 1966:112   (partim). Calder, 1998:178.

Lectotype. Male. NEW HOLLAND (designated by Ballantyne, 1988) in Hunterian collection, University of Glasgow (see below).  

Other specimens examined. AUSTRALIA: Queensland: Townsville, banks of Ross River , 15–16.ix.1980, J. Case mating pair ( ANIC)   .

Diagnosis. Male 5.5–7.0 mm long; pronotum orange, elytra very dark brown ( Fig. 26, 27 View FIGURES 26–34 ), ventral surface mostly yellow; eyes without any visible posterolateral excavation when head withdrawn; MPP rounded ( Fig. 28 View FIGURES 26–34 ); V7 without PLP; ventral surface of T8 with lateral ridges having an angulate anterior area ( Fig. 30 View FIGURES 26–34 ). Aedeagus ( Figs 31–33 View FIGURES 26–34 ) elongate slender, lateral margins of LL slightly curved such that lateral margins at apex are narrowly visible beside ML (view from beneath); L/W 5.0. Female macropterous, coloured like male except pale LO in V7 only; two wide separate pairs of plates in bursa ( Fig. 34 View FIGURES 26–34 ). Larva with small rounded protuberances along posterior margins of terga, found in coastal mangrove flats; distinguished from Aus. nigra   by the presence of well developed tubercles along the anterior margin of the protergum ( Ballantyne & Lambkin 2000 Fig. 22a View FIGURES 18–25 ).

Remarks. Lampyris australis   F. was the only firefly collected along the Queensland coast during the voyage of Captain Cook in 1770, is thus among the first insect collection made in Australia by Joseph Banks, and was probably taken in mangroves at the Endeavour River near what is now Cooktown. The male in the Hunterian collection is pale brown ventrally, doubtless an attribute of age. Dorsal colouration of freshly collected specimens is similar to most of the New Guinean Medeopteryx species.   The identity of this species was resolved by Ballantyne (1988) who redescribed males, females and larvae. With the exception of one record from New South Wales (no specific locality was given and this is probably a case of mislabelling) it appears restricted to coastal Queensland in mangrove areas.

ANIC

Australian National Insect Collection

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Lampyridae

Genus

Australoluciola

Loc

Australoluciola australis (Fabricius)

Ballantyne, Lesley A. & Lambkin, Christine L. 2013
2013
Loc

Luciola (Luciola) pudica Olliff. McDermott, 1966:112

Calder, A. A. 1998: 178
McDermott, F. A. 1966: 112
1966
Loc

Luciola pudica

Ballantyne, L. A. 1988: 162
Lea, A. M. 1909: 109
Olliff, A. S. 1890: 652
1890
Loc

Lampyris italica var. australis

Ballantyne, L. A. & Lambkin, C. 2001: 57
Ballantyne, L. A. 1988: 161
McDermott, F. A. 1966: 99
Lea, A. M. 1921: 197
Lea, A. M. 1909: 108
Olivier, E. 1902: 74
Olliff, A. S. 1890: 652
Masters, G. 1888: 327
Masters, G. 1886: 288
Olivier, E. 1885: 362
Olivier, E. 1883: 330
Gorham, H. S. 1880: 104
Laporte, F. L. de 1833: 150
Fabricius, J. C. 1792: 104
1792
Loc

Lampyris australis

Lacordaire, T. 1857: 338
Motschulsky, V. de 1854: 53
Guerin-Meneville, F. E. 1838: 74
Boisduval, J. B. A. D. 1835: 125
Fabricius, J. C. 1801: 104
Fabricius, J. C. 1792: 102
Fabricius, J. C. 1787: 162
Fabricius, J. C. 1781: 253
Fabricius, J. C. 1775: 201
1775