Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cryptophasa byssinopis

Cryptophasa byssinopis Turner, 1902

- Qld, Moses Creek, 16. Oct. 1980, E.D. Edwards leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

- Qld, Base Cableway, Mt Bellenden Ker Lat.17 16’’ S Long.145 54’’ E, 22. Oct. 1981, E.D. Edwards leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

- Qld, Moses Creek 4 km NbyE of Mt Finnigan Lat.15 14 S Long.145 17’’ E, 16. Oct. 1980, E.D. Edwards leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

- Qld, Base Cableway, Mt Bellenden Ker Lat.17 16’’ S Long.145 54’’ E, 25. Oct. 1981, E.D. Edwards leg. (ANIC).

Cryptophasa byssinopis Turner, 1902. New Australian Lepidoptera. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 26: 175–207 [205]. Syntype(s) BMNH unknown number ♂♀, Townsville, Qld.
Cryptophasa byssinopis Turner, 1902. Common, in Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD-ROM [86].
Cryptophasa byssinopis Turner, 1902. 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 15 April 2010].
Cryptophasa byssinopis Turner, 1902. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, Turner 1902
Cryptophasa byssinopis, n. sp.
Male and female, 42-45 mm. Head, thorax, and palpi white. Antennae in male white; pectinations 4-5; in female dark grey, towards base white. Abdomen white; second segment bright reddish-ochreous above. Legs white; tarsi annulated with blackish; anterior tibiae blackish anteriorly. Forewings elongate-oblong, costa moderately arched, apex rounded, hindmargin obliquely rounded; vein 2 from near middle of cell; snow white; with three blackish discal dots, first in disc at one-third, second in disc beyond middle, third beneath and posterior to second; a series of minute blackish dots on hindmargin; cilia white. Hindwings white, with minute hindmarginal blackish dots sometimes obsolete; cilia white.
The sexes are closely similar. Nearly allied to C. eugeniae, Luc., from which the male is readily distinguished by the white hind wings; the female is closely similar to that of eugeniae, but the black dots on margin of wings, especially hindwings are less developed, and sometimes obsolete.
Townsville, Queensland, in September; a series bred by Mr. F. P. Dodd.
Types in Coll. Walsingham.

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Flight period: October.
Distribution: Queensland. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).