Medeopteryx flagrans (Ballantyne) Ballantyne & Lambkin, 2013

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 : 89

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Medeopteryx flagrans (Ballantyne)

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Medeopteryx flagrans (Ballantyne) comb. nov.

[ Figs 146 View FIGURES 139–146 , 158 View FIGURES 154–159 ]

Pteroptyx flagrans Ballantyne, 1987a:151 .

Holotype. Male. NEW GUINEA: 144.58E, 5.59S, Chimbu District , Catherine Mission ( ANIC). GoogleMaps

Other specimens examined. Specimens are in BPBM unless otherwise indicated, and listings extend Ballantyne (1987a). NEW GUINEA: 145.53E, 5.54S, Above Kerowagi, 2300m, vii.6.1955, JLG, male. 144.37E. 5.55S, Minj, W Highlands, ix.8–13.1959, sweeping, T. Maa, 2 males, 2 females. 145.04E, 6.37S, Karimui, 1080m, 13.vii.1963 GoogleMaps , male. 146.40E, 7.22S, Wau, Morobe District , Mt Missim, 1100m, 17.i.1963 GoogleMaps , H. Clissold , male; 880– 1050m, 8–9.ii.1963 , male; 1450m, 20.iii.1974, on Urticaceae, JLG male. Wau , Bulolo River, 850–900m, 24.viii.1965 , male; 1100–1200m, 25.ix.1968, male NK. Morobe Dist. , Aseki, 1100m, 13.iv.1974 , A. Hart, male. Feramin , 150– 120m, 11–22.v.1959 , WB, male. Chimbu District , Kundiu, Catherine Mission. 26–29.XI.1969 , 8 mating pairs; one MP #6, 13.XI.1969; 1 MP no spect. 8.XI.1969 ( ANIC) .

INDONESIA, West Irian (as New Guinea, Netherlands): 140.10E, 2.48S, Genjam, 40 km W of Hollandia GoogleMaps , 100–200m, 1–10.iii. 1963, T. Maa, male. Guega, W. of Swart Valley , 1200m, 15.xi.1958, JLG, 2 males. Swart Valley , W side , 1400–2000m, xi.13.1958, male, JLG. Swart Valley , Karubaka , 1450m, xi.12.1958, male; 1300m, xi.7.1958, 2 males, 3 females, JLG.

Diagnosis. 6.1–7.1mm long; pronotum, MP yellow, MS dusky yellow, darker than pronotum; frons and labrum sometimes orange; elytral apices rounded ( Fig. 146 View FIGURES 139–146 ); LOs entire in V7; dimple and hump absent; distinguished from M. torricelliensis ( Fig. 183 View FIGURES 177–184 ) by its smaller size and the outline of the terminal abdomen; from M. hanedai by the uniformly orange pronotum, and M. sublustris by the smooth surface of the pronotum (see Fig. 184 View FIGURES 177–184 ) ( Ballantyne 1987a Fig. 12 View FIGURES 9–17 ; Ballantyne & McLean 1970 Figs 14, 15 View FIGURES 9–17 ).

Female ( Fig. 158 View FIGURES 154–159 ) (Kundiu specimens). 5.9–7.2 mm long. Colour: as for male except for dusky brown MS, pale LO in V6, and slightly paler brown V7, 8 which may be irregularly marked laterally in darker brown. Abdomen: posterior margin of V6 not medially emarginate, posterolateral corners rounded; posterior margin of V7 broadly, shallowly and evenly emarginated, posterolateral corners rounded; V8 not indented in median line. Bursa with two sets of wide plates.

Remarks. Ballantyne (1987a:152) described the flashing patterns of this species which earned it the common name of "flickerer" used by Lloyd, Buck, Hopkins and others.

Lloyd (1973a) described "3 common and distinctive luminescent patterns" and the female behaviour pattern, where "females are attracted to and land near flashing males. In other species (non Pteroptyx ) studied in New Guinea and elsewhere, it is the males that are attracted to stationary luminescing females".


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Medeopteryx flagrans (Ballantyne)

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

Pteroptyx flagrans

Ballantyne, L. A. 1987: 151