Trisinuata similispapuae (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 : 121

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Trisinuata similispapuae (Ballantyne)

comb. nov.

Trisinuata similispapuae (Ballantyne) comb. nov.

[ Figs 259–265 View FIGURES 259–265 ]

Pteroptyx similispapuae Ballantyne , in Ballantyne & McLean, 1970:261; Ballantyne 1987a:159.

Holotype. Male. INDONESIA West Irian : 135.31E, 3.23S, Nabire, South Geelvink Bay, 0–30m, vii.2–9.1962, light trap ( BPBM). GoogleMaps

Specimens examined. NEW GUINEA: Western Highlands 5.32S 144.08E Baiyer River, tube bears label ‘MP (mating pair) *2 8.15 male yellow female Gr. 11.xi.69 light male 2 nd BR 2; no collector (see Ballantyne 1987a:160) ( ANIC) GoogleMaps .

Diagnosis. This mating pair was characterised ( Ballantyne 1987a p. 159). Males small (5–6 mm long); dorsally entirely brown with small median orange spots on the pronotum, or median area of pronotum entirely dingy orange; very similar to Tri. papuae , distinguished by the outline of the terminal abdomen ( Fig. 259, 260 View FIGURES 259–265 ), and the asymmetrical flanges on T8 ( Fig. 261 View FIGURES 259–265 ); short paired cuticular strips extend anteriorly across the dorsal face of V7 from the sides of the MPP ( Fig. 260 View FIGURES 259–265 ). Female coloured as for male except for pale LO in V6 only.

Female. 5.6 mm long. Colour: as for male except for yellowish brown ventral surface of metathorax, pale LO in V6 only, not reaching to brown lateral margins, light brown basal abdominal tergites and darker brown T7, 8. V7 posterior margin gently bisinuate, median area narrowly indented, and posterolateral corners rounded ( Fig. 263 View FIGURES 259–265 ). Bursa: with broad paired plates ( Fig. 265 View FIGURES 259–265 ).

Remarks. This species was described from two specimens which differed from the similarly coloured Pteroptyx papuae in the outlines of the terminal abdominal ventrite ( Ballantyne & McLean, 1970). Ballantyne (1987a) described two further specimens (a mating pair) and the light colour (male yellow, female green), but had difficulty in determining if the LO in V7 was bipartite. A reexamination here including the presence of cuticular strands ( Fig. 260 View FIGURES 259–265 ) to which muscles attach in the median area of V7 indicates a bipartite LO in V7. Ballantyne (1987a:160) described the aedeagal sheath split by a mating "plug" (spermatophore) retained as a very hard ball attached to the ejaculatory orifice ( Fig. 264 View FIGURES 259–265 ).


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Trisinuata similispapuae (Ballantyne)

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

Pteroptyx similispapuae

Ballantyne, L. A. 1987: 159
Ballantyne, L. A. & McLean, M. R. 1970: 261
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