Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Xylorycta sucina

Xylorycta sucina Turner, 1939

ANIC, holotype

Xylorycta sucina Turner, 1939. A second revision of the Lepidoptera of Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of The Royal Society of Tasmania, 1938: 57–115 [84]. Holotype ANIC ♀, Derwent Bridge, Tas.
Xylorycta sucina Turner, 1939. 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 sucina Turner, 1939. 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 7 May 2010].
Xylorycta sucina Turner, 1939. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 19 June 2010].

Original description, Turner 1939
Xylorycta sucina, n. sp.
sucinus, amber-coloured.
♀. 34 mm. Head, grey. Palpi with second joint exceeding base of antennae, terminal joint 2/3, fuscous, base and extreme apex of  second joint and whole inner surface, white. Antennae, grey, paler towards base. Thorax, ochreous-brown. Abdomen, grey; apices of segments and tuft, ochreous-whitish. Legs, whitish-ochreous. Forewings, elongate, slightly dilated; costa, gently arched; apex, rounded-rectangular; termen, straight, slightly oblique, brownish-ochreous; a white costal streak from base to apex; cilia, pale grey. Hindwings, nearly 2, grey; cilia, grey-whitish.
Derwent Bridge, in January; one specimen (G. and C. Davis).

Food plants:
Flight period: January.
Distribution: Tasmania, Victoria. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).