Medeopteryx sublustris (Ballantyne)

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: 93

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.5266871

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/E46FF216-5E5E-C511-FF6F-BB2CFC69EA02

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scientific name

Medeopteryx sublustris (Ballantyne)
status

comb. nov.

Medeopteryx sublustris (Ballantyne)   comb. nov.

[ Fig. 184 View FIGURES 177–184 ]

Pteroptyx sublustris Ballantyne, 1987a:160   .

Holotype. Male. NEW GUINEA: 146.40E, 7.22S, Morobe district , 4 miles north of Wau, 2800', near Kunai Creek, Lae Road, xi.12.1969, J. Lloyd ( ANIC). GoogleMaps  

Other specimens examined (listings extend Ballantyne 1987a). NEW GUINEA: 146.53E, 6.43S, Bubia , Markham valley , 50m, 20.ix.1955, JLG, male. 147.00E, 6.45S, Lae, 20m, 19.vii.1964, JS, male. 146.35E, 7.13S, Bulolo, 700m, 26.xi.1969, JS, male. Bulolo River, 680m, 8.v.1969, JS, male. Sum-Sum, 580m, 64 km north of Wau, 15.ii.1963, H. Clissold, male. 147.10E, 7.53S, Garaina, 830m, 13–15.i.1968, JS, male. 148.15E, 8.45S, Popondetta, 23.ii.1966, G Monteith, male, 4 females (Tube 240, UQIC). 147.44E, 8.52S, Kokoda, 400m, JS, 15– 20.xi.1966 male, 18.ix.1966, male. Kokoda-Pitoki, 450m, iii.24.1956, JLG, male. ( BPBM) GoogleMaps   .

Diagnosis. 6.5–7.3 mm long; pronotum orange, MS yellow, MN brown; without dimple and hump on V7; distinguished from all other Medeopteryx   by the elaborate pronotal sculpturing ( Fig. 184 View FIGURES 177–184 ) ( Ballantyne 1987a Fig. 12 View FIGURES 9–17 ).

Remarks. The specific name characterises the flash pattern, where, to the naked eye, the second component of the double flash is not visible (sublustris = gleaming faintly, glimmering). "The 2 peaks are nearly completely separate and the 1st is about twice the intensity of the 2nd" ( Lloyd, 1973a). This species was not at first recognized by Lloyd in the field.

Olivier (1909a) described Luciola foveicollis   from New Guinea with distinctive pronotal sculpturing and colour pattern similar to this species. However Luciola foveicollis   (assigned herein to Australoluciola   gen. nov. and redescribed) lacks the deflexed elytral apex and the pronotal sculpturing of the holotype is not to LB’s eye at all unusual, and quite unlike the distinctive pattern described for sublustris   .

ANIC

Australian National Insect Collection

UQIC

University of Queensland Insect Collection

BPBM

Bishop Museum

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Lampyridae

Genus

Medeopteryx

Loc

Medeopteryx sublustris (Ballantyne)

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

Pteroptyx sublustris

Ballantyne, L. A. 1987: 160
1987