Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cryptophasa zorodes

Cryptophasa zorodes Turner, 1917



Cryptophasa zorodes Turner, 1917. Lepidopterological gleanings. Proc. R. Soc. Qd 29: 70–106 [92]. Holotype ANIC ♀, Port Darwin, NT.
Cryptophasa zorodes Turner, 1917. 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 zorodes Turner, 1917. 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 21 April 2010].
Cryptophasa zorodes Turner, 1917. 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 1917
Cryptophasa zorodes, n. sp.
ξωρωδης, pure, unmarked.
♀ 48 mm. Head grey-whitish. Palpi rather short, second joint scarcely reaching base of antennae, terminal joint 1/3; whitish. Antennae grey, towards base whitish. Thorax pale grey. Abdomen grey-whitish; dorsum of third segments and of posterior margins of succeeding segments reddish-ochreous. Legs whitish; tarsi annulated with blackish; inner surface of anterior tibiae blackish. Forewings moderate, costa gently arched, apex ,obtuse, termen obliquely rounded; 2 from ¾, 3 from before angle; pale grey; cilia pale grey. Hindwings grey-whitish; cilia whitish.
N.A. Port Darwin in November; one specimen received from Mr. F. P. Dodd.

Food plants:
Flight period: November.
Distribution: Northern Territory. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).

Remarks: Males are slightly smaller than females.