Ptilocera paradisea Lindner, 1951

Mason, Franco & Rozkošný, Rudolf, 2011, A review of the Oriental and Australasian Ptilocera species (Diptera: Stratiomyidae), Zootaxa 3007, pp. 1-49: 13

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Ptilocera paradisea Lindner, 1951


Ptilocera paradisea Lindner, 1951 

( Figs 53View FIGURES 51 – 56, 65View FIGURES 65 – 73, 110–114View FIGURES 108 – 114)

Ptilocera paradisea Lindner, 1951: 221  .

Type material. Holotype in Basel ( NMB), labelled: " Typus [red label]/ O. Sumba, Melolo, 7.6. 1949, Expedition Bühler-Sutter/ Holotypus [handwritten by Lindner]/ Ptilocera paradisea Lindner  , det. Lind. [handwritten in red ink]/ HOLOTYPUS 3 Ptilocera paradisea Lindner, 1951: 221  . F. Mason & R. Rozkošný rev., 2009 [red label]". Condition: perfect, terminalia dissected and preserved in a small microvial attached on same pin.

Diagnosis. This species is immediately distinguishable by paired submedial longitudinal stripes on presutural area of scutum and extensive patch of golden pile on abdominal tergites 3–5. Wing brownish infuscated, with diffuse pale transverse band in middle.

Description. Male ( Figs. 53View FIGURES 51 – 56, 65View FIGURES 65 – 73, 110–114View FIGURES 108 – 114). Length (mm): body 9.0; wing 7.7 (only holotype examined). Head. Upper frons with erect, very short hairs in front of anterior ocellus. Antenna as in Fig. 111View FIGURES 108 – 114, antennal scape brown, pedicel light brown, flagellomeres uniformly dark brown. First two flagellomeres short and densely haired, with sensory pits, basal flagellomere almost twice as long as broad, apical flagellomere 3.5 times as long as preceding flagellomere. Lower frons bare, shining dark brown, with two small triangular silverish tomentose spots. Face covered with erect silverish white pile. Proboscis brown, with whitish hairs. Palpus brown, two-segmented. Postocular area not distinct in upper part and very narrow in lower part of head in profile.

Thorax ( Fig. 110View FIGURES 108 – 114) black, densely punctate, with shining golden scattered scales and with two shining, narrow, longitudinal, emerald stripes ending at transverse suture. Postpronotal callus brown, with erect brownish hairs at base; postalar callus blackish, prealar prominence rounded. Scutellum flattened, with slender, yellowish brown spines. Medial spines distinctly longer than half length of scutellum at middle. Anepisternum densely punctate, with very short and appressed brown pile. Wing pattern as in Fig. 65View FIGURES 65 – 73. Wing membrane brownish infuscated, with pale (rather hyaline than yellowish) transverse band from crossvein R-M, through distal half of discal cell to basal part of cell m 2. Calypter brown, densely brownish haired along margin. Halter with brown stalk and black knob. Legs: coxa, femur and tibia dark brown, tarsi yellowish brown.

Abdomen ( Figs 53View FIGURES 51 – 56, 110View FIGURES 108 – 114) black to dark brown, without obvious reflections, finely punctate, with very fine micropile. Tergite 1 and 2 with brown pile along lateral margins, tergite 3 with paired lateral hair patches consisting of golden pile, similar but dense pilosity extensively covering tergite 4 and almost completely covering tergite 5 ( Fig. 110View FIGURES 108 – 114). Sternites brown, mainly bare. Male terminalia ( Figs 112–114View FIGURES 108 – 114): Proctiger ( Fig. 114View FIGURES 108 – 114) unusually high, subtriangular, cerci not reaching beyond tip of proctiger. Genital capsule ( Fig. 112View FIGURES 108 – 114) subquadrate, posterior medial process of genital capsule bilobed, resembling that of P. continua  but middle incision more pointed, gonostylus leafshaped as in other species. Posterolateral papillae of aedeagal complex relatively long, with two transverse ridges but without any basal hyaline spines ( Fig. 113View FIGURES 108 – 114).

Female. Unknown.

Variation. Unknown.

Material examined. Only the holotype from Indonesia (Lesser Sunda Islands: Sumba) is known.


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Ptilocera paradisea Lindner, 1951

Mason, Franco & Rozkošný, Rudolf 2011

Ptilocera paradisea

Lindner 1951: 221