Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Lichenaula tortriciformis

Lichenaula tortriciformis T.P. Lucas, 1900

Lichenaula tortriciformis T.P. Lucas, 1900, New Species of Queensland Lepidoptera. Proc. R. Soc. Qld. 15: 137-161 [158]. Syntype(s) whereabouts unknown number unknown ♂, May Orchard, Brisbane, Qld.
Lichenaula tortriciformis T.P. Lucas, 1900. Common, in Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD-ROM [88].
Xylorycta tortriciformis (T.P. Lucas, 1900). Beccaloni, G. W., Scoble, M. J., Robinson, G. S. & Pitkin, B. (Editors). 2003. The Global Lepidoptera Names Index (LepIndex). World Wide Web electronic publication. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/entomology/lepindex [accessed 23 April 2010].
Lichenaula tortriciformis T.P. Lucas, 1900. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/abrs/online-resources/fauna/afd/taxa/XYLORYCTINAE [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, T.P. Lucas 1900
Lichenaula tortriciformis, nov, sp.
♂ 17 mm. Head fuscous drab. Palpi and antennae fuscous. Thorax grey. Abdomen fuscous with grey band at base of segments. Forewings costa arched, apex acute; hindmargin rounded, silvery grey, freely irrorated with fuscous and marked with red fuscous and black. Forewings with a costal row of blackish fuscous spots, or breaking into scattered dots from base to ½ costa, but not touching costal edge; a transverse ferrous fuscous fascia from ½  costa diffused across wing, and shaded with scattered black dots and fuscous scales; this fascia is diffused broadly and irregularly to apex, and more or less continuously over costal half of hindmargin; numerous black dots and short fuscous lines on veins toward hindmargin. Cilia fuscous, pale grey at base. Hindwings light fuscous grey. Cilia as forewings. May Orchard, Brisbane.

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Distribution: Queensland. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).