Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lichenaula calligrapha


Lichenaula calligrapha Meyrick, 1890


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ANIC

Lichenaula calligrapha Meyrick, 1890, Descriptions of Australian Lepidoptera. Part I. Xyloryctidae. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia  13: 23–81 [48]. Syntype(s) BMNH 3♂♀, Sydney, NSW; Launceston, Tas.
Lichenaula calligrapha Meyr. Lower, 1896: A catalogue of Victorian Heterocera. Part xix. The Victorian Naturalist, 12: 149-152.
Lichenaula calligrapha Meyr. Common, 1990: Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press. 227-230 [227].
Lichenaula calligrapha Meyrick, 1890. Common, in Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD-ROM [87].
Xylorycta calligrapha (Meyrick, 1890). 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 calligrapha Meyrick, 1890. 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, Meyrick 1890
Lich. calligrapha, n. sp.
Both sexes, 16-17mm. Head white. Palpi white, base of second joint, and base and apex of terminal joint black Antennae white, annulated with blackish, ciliations in male 1. Thorax white, anteriorly margin narrowly black, with a projection backwards on each side of back. Abdomen whitish. Legs white, anterior and middle pair banded with blackish. Forewings elongate, costa gently arched, apex round-pointed, hindmargin nearly straight, oblique; 7 to apex; ochreous-white; markings black; a spot on base of costa, and another on inner margin near base; an irregular-edged streak from costa beyond middle to submedian fold before middle, its lower extremity almost confluent with a small spot in disc at 1/3; an erect mark from inner margin before anal angle, its apex acutely furcate; two small marks on costa towards apex, and some scattered black scales forming an apical suffusion: cilia ochreous-white, more or less distinctly barred with grey, with an interrupted blackish line. Hindwings whitish grey, more whitish anteriorly, apex grey; cilia grey-whitish, with traces of a darker line.
Sydney, New South Wales; Launceston, Tasmania; in November and January, three specimens.

Other references

L. calligrapha, Meyr. (loc. cit., 48, 1889).
Melbourne (near Sandringham). (Lower, 1896).

Lichenaula calligrapha, Fig. 22.19: Common, 1990

L. calligrapha Meyr. (Fig. 22.19) is a distinctively marked species occurring mainly in rainforest from northern Queensland to Victoria. (Common, 1990).

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Lichenaula calligrapha ♂ genitalia. 34.47S 150.47E 5 km S of Gerringong, NSW, 6 March 1980, collected by I.F.B.Common. ANIC slide no. 1464,  dissected by D. Adamski. Photomicrograph taken at ANIC, Canberra.


Lichenaula calligrapha aedeagus. 34.47S 150.47E 5 km S of Gerringong, NSW, 6 March 1980, collected by I.F.B.Common. ANIC slide no. 1464,  dissected by D. Adamski. Photomicrograph taken at ANIC, Canberra.


Lichenaula calligrapha ♀ genitalia, upper part. Robertson, NSW. ANIC slide no. 1463, dissected by D. Adamski. Photomicrograph taken at ANIC, Canberra.

Lichenaula calligrapha ♀ genitalia, lower part. Robertson, NSW. ANIC slide no. 1463, dissected by D. Adamski. Photomicrograph taken at ANIC, Canberra.



Lichenaula calligrapha, signum. Robertson, NSW. ANIC slide no. 1463, dissected by D. Adamski. Photomicrograph taken at ANIC, Canberra.
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Flight period: November, January.
Distribution: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).

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