Medeopteryx tarsalis (Olivier)

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: 96

publication ID

http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3653.1.1

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:72A07BC6-AEB0-4EBC-AFA8-F5871065680F

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5266873

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/E46FF216-5E5D-C512-FF6F-BF84FAA7EE69

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scientific name

Medeopteryx tarsalis (Olivier)
status

comb. nov.

Medeopteryx tarsalis (Olivier)   comb. nov.

Luciola tarsalis Olivier, 1885: 360   ; 1902:72.

Pteroptyx tarsalis (Olivier)   . Olivier, 1909b:319. McDermott, 1966:117. Ballantyne & McLean, 1970:253.

Pteroptyx tarsale Olivier, 1910b:48   ; 1913b:417. Ballantyne & McLean, 1970:253 (synonymy).

Holotype. Male. NEW GUINEA: 143.00E, 9.00S, Western Pr. , Fly River ( MCSN). GoogleMaps  

Other specimens examined. NEW GUINEA: New Ireland : 150.48E, 2.34S, Kavieng, 11.ii.1966, G. Monteith, 2 males, 8 females (Tube 222 UQIC) GoogleMaps   . NEW GUINEA: 143.00E, 9.00S, Western Pr. , Sturt Is., Fly River, 5.x. 1936, male, 2 females; 7.x. 1936, 2 males, 4 females; 8.x. 1936, 2 males, 3 females; 14–16.x. 1936, 15 males, 18 females ( AMNH) GoogleMaps   . Mediri , 60 miles up Fly River, 8.xi.1922, A. McCulloch, male, 2 females ( AMSA)   .

Diagnosis. 6.2–9.1 mm long; dorsally yellow with elytral apices dark brown: the apical brown area may extend anteriorly in strips of decreasing width, sometimes reaching humeral angles; distinguished from all other New Guinean Medeopteryx   by its dorsal colouration.

Remarks. This species is only known from mainland New Guinea at the Fly River, and on New Ireland. There are no details of light production and the two populations may not be conspecific.

The pale dorsal colouration with dark tipped elytra which are sometimes dark margined probably provides some protective advantage. To the unaided eye the outline of the lateral margin of the body is totally disrupted.

MCSN

Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Verona

UQIC

University of Queensland Insect Collection

AMNH

American Museum of Natural History

AMSA

Albany Museum

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Lampyridae

Genus

Medeopteryx

Loc

Medeopteryx tarsalis (Olivier)

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

Pteroptyx tarsale

Ballantyne, L. A. & McLean, M. R. 1970: 253
Olivier, E. 1913: 417
Olivier, E. 1910: 48
1910
Loc

Pteroptyx tarsalis (Olivier)

Ballantyne, L. A. & McLean, M. R. 1970: 253
McDermott, F. A. 1966: 117
Olivier, E. 1909: 319
1909
Loc

Luciola tarsalis

Olivier, E. 1902: 72
Olivier, E. 1885: 360
1885