Saturday, August 28, 2010

Cryptophasa phaethontia

Cryptophasa phaethontia (Meyrick, 1890)

Cryptophasa phaethontia, ♀, holotype. Photograph by Patrick Strutzenberger, ©BMNH.

Cryptophaga phaethontia Meyrick, 1890). Descriptions of Australian Lepidoptera. Part I. Xyloryctidae. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia  13: 23–81 [36]. Holotype BMNH ♀, Duaringa, Qld.
Cryptophasa phaethontia (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].
Cryptophasa phaethontia (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. [accessed 17 April 2010].
Cryptophasa phaethontia (Meyrick, 1890). Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, Meyrick 1890
Crypt. phaëthontia, n. sp.
Female 41mm. Head, palpi, antennae, thorax, and legs ochreous-reddish. Abdomen whitish-ochreous irrorated with reddish. Forewings elongate, moderate, costa moderately arched, apex obtuse, hind margin not oblique, rounded beneath; 2 from ¾; deep brown-reddish; cilia dark reddish-fuscous. Hind wings with veins 6 and 7 from a point; pale ochreous, slightly reddish-tinged; cilia pale ochreous, reddish-tinged, tips obscurely whitish .
Duaringa, Queensland; one specimen received from Mr. G. Barnard.

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