Monday, July 5, 2010

Plectophila eucrines


Plectophila eucrines (Turner, 1898)

Plectophila eucrines,♀ - Qld, Rockhampton, 3. Nov. 1947, I.F.B. Common leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

Plectophila eucrines,♂ - NSW, Siding Springs, 23. Nov. 1974, I.F.B. Common leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

Lichenaula eucrines Turner, 1898, The Xyloryctidae of Queensland. Annals of the Queensland Museum 4: 1–32 [20]. Holotype SAMA ♂, Brisbane, Qld.
Plectophila eucrines (Turner, 1898). 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 eucrines Turner, 1898. 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 26 April 2010].
Plectophila eucrines (Turner, 1898). Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 17 June 2010].

Original description, Turner 1898
Lichenaula eucrines, n. sp. Male, 13 mm. Antennal ciliations, 1. Forewings with vein 7 to hindmargin. Head, face, and palpi snow-white. Antennae whitish. Thorax snow-white, a small ochreous-fuscous dot on each shoulder. Abdomen whitish. Legs whitish. Forewings elongate, costa gently arched, apex round-pointed, hindmargin sinuate beneath apex, thence straight, slightly oblique; snow-white; costal edge at base fuscous; a broad ochreous-fuscous line from base to inner-margin at 1/5; an outwardly curved ochreous-fuscous fascia from costa at 1/3 to inner-margin at 2/5; a triangular ochreous-fuscous blotch on hindmargin from apex to anal angle, ochreous-fuscous lines from costa at 3/5 and 4/5; cilia white, at apex and  anal angle fuscous. Hindwings and cilia grey.
Brisbane: one specimen taken by Mr. Illidge.

Plectophila eucrines, ♂wing venation

Plectophila eucrines, ♂ genitalia, IM07-1057, Imbil, Queensland. Microphotograph courtesy ANIC.

Plectophila eucrines, aedeagus (not to scale), IM07-1057, imbil, Queensland. Microphotograph courtesy ANIC.

Food plants:
Flight period: November.
Distribution: New South Wales, Queensland. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).