Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Xylorycta conistica

Xylorycta conistica Turner, 1917.


Xylorycta conistica Turner, 1917. Lepidopterological gleanings. Proc. R. Soc. Qd 29: 70–106 [94]. Syntype(s) ANIC 3♂♀, Stannary Hills, Qld.
Xylorycta conistica Turner, 1917. Common, in Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD-ROM [89].
Xylorycta conistica Turner, 1917. Beccaloni, G. W., Scoble, M. J., Robinson, G. S. & Pitkin, B. (Editors). 2003. The Global Lepidoptera Names Index (LepIndex). World Wide Web electronic publication. [accessed 5 May 2010].
Xylorycta conistica Turner, 1917. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 19 June 2010].

Original description, Turner 1917
χονιστιχος, dusty.
♂ 29 mm. ♀ 43 mm. Head whitish. Palpi rather short, second joint in ♂ not reaching, in ♀ just reaching base of antennae, terminal joint in ♂ 2/5  in ♀ 1/3; whitish irrorated with grey. Antennae grey-whitish; in ♂ simple, with moderate ciliations (1) in tufts. Thorax grey mixed with whitish. Abdomen grey, third segment and apices of succeeding segments reddish-ochreous on dorsum, Legs grey-whitish; anterior pair mixed with fuscous. Forewings with costa nearly straight, apex rounded, termen obliquely rounded 2 from 2/3; whitish intimately mixed with fuscous-grey; fuscous grey marks in disc at 1/3 and beyond middle, sometimes obsolete; a fuscous-grey interrupted terminal line; cilia, pale-grey, bases whitish. Hindwings pale grey; cilia whitish.
The distinction between the genera Cryptophasa and Xylorycta appears to be an artificial one, so far as regards this species.
N.Q. Stannary Hills; three specimens received from Dr. T. Bancroft.

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