Entomobrya lamingtonensis Schött, 1917, Schott, 1917

Jordana, Rafael & Greenslade, Penelope, 2020, Biogeographical and ecological insights from Australasian faunas: the megadiverse collembolan genus, Entomobrya (Entomobryidae), Zootaxa 4770 (1), pp. 1-104: 45

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Entomobrya lamingtonensis Schött, 1917


Entomobrya lamingtonensis Schött, 1917  

Type locality. QLD, one specimen, Christmas Creek, Glen Lamington, South Queensland, - 28.258°S, 153.011°E, 300m asl., October 1912, Mjöberg leg. GoogleMaps  

Background. The only specimen of this species is the type deposited in the Riksmuseet Museum in Stockholm, which was examined. Schött’s (1917) description was as follows: “Dark blue. Depigmented patches and stripes especially on the front part of Abd. IV, antennae of the single specimen damaged. Meso- and metanotum roughly equal in length. Abd III. IV =1: 2.33, eyes on a black spot. A tibial tenent hair a little shorter than the head size. Unguis typical with 2 distal teeth, unguiculus gradually tapering. Mucro with 2 teeth, with well-developed anteapical tooth and with basal spine. Chaetae sparse, normal. Length 1.25 mm ”   .

This superficial description could apply to any other dark blue Entomobrya   known. In the collection of South Australian Museum in Adelaide is deposited the Womersley collection of Entomobrya   . In it are several specimens on slides identified by H. Womersley as E. lamingtonensis Schött, 1917   from different localities. Glen Lamington is on the southern boundary of Lamington National Park in eastern Australia, while Womersley’s localities were: Kalorama Memorial Reserve, Dandengong Ranges, and You Yang Mountains both in VIC around 1300 km south of Lamington. One specimen from each locality was available for chaetotaxic examination. These specimens are here identified as Entomobrya clarki   . A further five specimens from the Womersley collection identified as E. lamingtonensis   were from Waterfall Gully, Mount Lofty Ranges near Adelaide, South Australia, 1500 km south of Lamington and 600 km west of VIC. These specimens are cleared, but probably were dark in life. They have a chaetotaxy that is unique among the described species as do two specimens from Perth, West Australia, 3500 km south west of Lamington. Both these slides carry specimens collected in different years, seven of them also have a different chaetotaxy. Womersley’s identified specimens were compared to the holotype of E. lamingtonensis   below.