Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lichenaula callispora

Lichenaula callispora Turner, 1904


Lichenaula callispora Turner, 1904, Australian Lepidoptera, with synonymic notes and other notes. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia  28: 212–247 [245]. Holotype ANIC ♂, Birchip, Vic.
Lichenaula callispora Turner, 1904. Common, in Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD-ROM [87].
Lichenaula callispora Turner, 1904. 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, Turner 1904
Lichenaula callispora, n. sp.
(Callisporos, prettily spotted.)
Male, female, 12-20 mm. Head white. Palpi white; second joint with a basal, third joint with a basal and apical blackish ring. Antennae blackish: in female white, annulated with blackish; ciliations in male short 2/3. Thorax white, with variable blackish spots. Abdomen whitish. Legs whitish; anterior and middle pairs annulated with blackish. Forewings narrow-elongate, costa nearly straight; white, with blackish spots; a row of two or three spots close to base; two to four spots on costa; a variable number of spots in disc and on dorsum; these may be partly confluent with each other and with costal spots; a terminal series of spots: cilia white, with a blackish bar at apex. Hindwings with termen rounded; whitish grey: cilia whitish.
Type in Coll., Turner.
V., Birchip. Three specimens, received from Mr. D. Goudie.

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Distribution: New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).