Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cryptophasa rubra

Cryptophasa rubra (Meyrick, 1890)

♀ - SA, Brookfield Conservation Park near Blanchetown Lat. 34' 22'' Long. 139' 27'', 2. Nov. 1991, E.D. Edwards leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

- SA, Brookfield Conservation Park near Blanchetown Lat. 34' 22'' Long. 139' 27'', 1. Nov. 1991, E.D. Edwards leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

Cryptophaga rubra Meyrick, 1890. Descriptions of Australian Lepidoptera. Part I. Xyloryctidae. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia  13: 23–81 [37]. Holotype BMNH ♂, Ardrossan, SA.
Cryptophaga rubra. Illidge, 1895, Xylorycts, or timber moths. Queensland Natural History Society Transactions, 1, 29-34.
Cryptophasa rubra (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 rubra (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 rubra (Meyrick, 1890). Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, Meyrick 1890
Crypt. rubra, n. sp.
Male 50mm, Head pale ochreous, crown reddish. Palpi whitish- ochreous, base reddish-fuscous. Antennae fuscous. Thorax ochreous-red. Abdomen pale ochreous, second segment dull red. Legs whitish-ochreous, banded with black. Forewings oblong, posteriorly slightly dilated, costa slightly arched, apex obtuse, hindmargin rather obliquely rounded; 2 from 5/6; ochreous-red, deeper towards costa and inner margin anteriorly; a dark fuscous dot in disc beyond 1/3, a second on fold beneath middle, a third in disc at 3/5, and a fourth between second and third: cilia grey, with a red basal line, basal half spotted with black. Hindwings with veins 6 and 7 short-stalked; pale yellowish-ochreous, apex slightly reddish-tinged; cilia whitish-ochreous.
Ardrossan, South Australia; one specimen in November.

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Flight period: November.
Distribution: South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia. Endemic.

Remarks: (Edwards, 2003).