Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cryptophasa epixysta

Cryptophasa epixysta Turner, 1917.

- NT, Rimbija Island, Wessel Islands Lat.11 01’’ S Long.136 45 E, 17. Jul. 1977, E.D. Edwards leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

♀ - NT, Rimbija Island, Wessel Islands Lat. 11 01’’ S Long.136 45 E, 14. Jul. 1977, E.D. Edwards leg. (ANIC). [AMO].

Cryptophasa epixysta Turner, 1917. Lepidopterological gleanings. Proc. R. Soc. Qd 29: 70–106 [90]. Syntype(s) ANIC 2♀, Port Darwin, NT.
Cryptophasa epixysta 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 [86].
Cryptophasa epixysta 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. [accessed 15 April 2010].
Cryptophasa epixysta Turner, 1917. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, Turner 1917
Cryptophasa epixysta, n. sp.
επιξυστος, polished.
♀ 52-56 mm. Head orange-ochreous; face whitish. Palpi moderately long, second joint reaching base of antennae, terminal joint 2/3; whitish-ochreous, some dark-fuscous scales towards base of external surface of second joint. Antennae fuscous: Thorax white; tegulae fuscous; patagia ochreous. Abdomen dark-fuscous, undersurface ochreous; dorsum of first two segments whitish, of third segment, to a less degree of succeeding segments, and of tuft reddish-ochreous. Legs dark-fuscous; anterior coxae ochreous-whitish. Forewings elongate, costa gently arched, apex obtuse, termen gently rounded, slightly oblique; 2 from ¾; shining white; cilia concolorous. Hindwings and cilia white.
N.A. Port Darwin in December and January; two specimens received from Mr. G. F. Hill.

Food plants:
Flight period: July, December, January.
Distribution: Northern Territory. Endemic. (Edwards, 2003).