Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Lichenaula petulans

Lichenaula petulans T.P. Lucas, 1900


Lichenaula petulans T.P. Lucas, 1900, New Species of Queensland Lepidoptera. Proc. R. Soc. Qld. 15: 137-161. Syntype(s) SAMA 3♂♀, May Orchard, Brisbane, Qld.
Lichenaula petulans T.P. Lucas, 1900. Common, in Nielsen, Edwards, & Rangsi, 1996, Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Australia. Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera, 4: i-xiv, 1-529 & CD-ROM [88].
Xylorycta petulans T.P. Lucas, 1900. 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 23 April 2010].
Lichenaula petulans T.P. Lucas, 1900. Edwards, E. D. (2003), Xyloryctinae. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. [accessed 18 June 2010].

Original description, T.P. Lucas 1900
Lichenaula petulans, nov. sp.
♂♀ 13-18 mm. Head, antennae, and palpi slaty grey. Thorax slaty grey, fuscous grey posteriorly. Abdomen light silvery grey. Forewings with costa rounded, hindmargin gently rounded, inner margin bowed before anal angle, slaty grey with silver specks and black dots, only discernible in special lights; subhindmarginal and hindmarginal black lines faintly defined. Cilia slaty grey barred with black. Hindwings silvery grey, darker diffused toward hindmargin. Cilia grey, with lighter line at base. May Orchard, Brisbane. Three specimens; at light.

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