Birdantis mouldsi, Constant, 2011

Constant, Jerome, 2011, The genus Birdantis Stål in Australia (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha: Fulgoridae), Zootaxa 2885 (1), pp. 44-54 : 49-51

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Birdantis mouldsi

n. sp.

Birdantis mouldsi n. sp.

Figs. 1 G–L View FIGURES 1 ; 3 A–C View FIGURES 3 ; 7 B View FIGURE 7 .

Etymology. The species is dedicated to Dr Max S. Moulds who collected the holotype of the species.

Material examined. Holotype ♂: [ Peach Creek 25km NNE of Coen, N. Qld, 3.xi.1979, M.S. & B.J. Moulds] [ Birdantis obscura (Distant) , det: M.J. Fletcher] [MJF collection, MJF003020] coordinates: 13°37'S 143°05'E ( ASCU) GoogleMaps

Paratypes: QUEENSLAND, 2 ♀: 12.43S 143.18E QLD, 11 km ENE Mt. Tozer , 9.vii.1986, J.C. Cardale, at MV light ( ANIC) GoogleMaps ; 1 ♂, 1 ♀: 3 km E. of Lockerbie, C. York, 30.i–4.ii.1975, G.B. Monteith. At MV Light coordinates: 10°47'S 142°28'E ( QM) GoogleMaps ; 1 ♂, 3 ♀: West Claudie R., Iron Range ,, 3–10.xii.1985, G. Monteith & D. Cook, Rainforest, 50m coordinates: 12’ 44°S 143°17’E ( QM) GoogleMaps ; 1 ♂: Claudie R. 5 miles W Mt. Lamond, 24.xii.1971 D.K. McAlpine, G.A. Holloway coordinates: 12°44’S 143°13’E ( AM) GoogleMaps ; 1 ♂: Eet Hill Vicinity, Moa ( Banks ) Is. , Torres St. , 9–13.vii1977, G.B. Monteith & D. Cook coordinates: 10°11’S 142°16’E ( QM) GoogleMaps ; 1 ♂: Iron Range , 2.v.1975, M.S. Moulds coordinates: 12°46’S 143°19’E ( AM) GoogleMaps ; 1 ♂: Iron Range, 29 Apr. May 1975, M.S. Moulds ( AM) ; 1 ♀: Iron Range, Q. 7.iv.1964, I.F.B. Common & M.S. Upton ( RBINS, ex ANIC); 1 ♂: Iron Range, 8.iv.1964, I.F.B. Common & M.S. Upton ( RBINS, ex ANIC); 1 ♂: Iron Range , 15.iv.1964, I.F.B. Common & M.S. Upton ( ANIC) ; 1 ♀: Iron Range , 9.iv.1964, I.F.B. Common & M.S. Upton ( ANIC) ; 1 ♀: Holroyd River, S. of Coen , 29.ix.1974, M.S. Moulds coordinates: 14°12’S 141°38’E ( AM) GoogleMaps ; 1 ♀: Middle Claudie Riv., Iron Range , 13.x.1974, G. Daniels, at light ( QM) ; 1 ♀: Mid Claudie Riv., Iron Range , 14.ix.1974, G. Daniels ( QM) ; 1 ♂, 1 ♀: Capsize Ck, 64 km N. of Archer Xing, Cape York Pen. , 29–, G.B. Monteith coordinates: 13°02’S 143°23’E ( QM) GoogleMaps ; 1 ♀: Iron Range, Cape York Pen. ; 1–4.v.1973, G.B. Monteith ( QM) ; 1 ♂: 3 km E. of Lockerbie, C. York, 19–23.iii.1987, G.B. Monteith, Rainforest pitfall traps ( QM) ; 1 ♀: Cape York Peninsula, E.J. Cooper, 15.vii.1946 ( QM) ; 1 ♀: Middle Claudie R., Iron Range , 4.x. Oct. 1974, M.S. Moulds ( AM)

Description. LT: ♂ (n = 9): 21.7 mm (20.7 – 22.4); ♀ (n = 14): 23.1 mm (22.0 – 24.0).

Head: eyes included, slightly less broad than thorax; pale yellow-brown variegated with dark brown and black; vertex concave, with all margins carinate, and anterior margin slightly curved, disc with 2 longitudinal black stripes, 2 slightly impressed points and one small black spot on each side; frons visible from above, separated from vertex by narrow groove (figs. 1 G, H); frons smooth, convex, with 3 slight, longitudinal carinae, dark brown markings as illustrated on fig. 1 I; clypeus narrower and about as long as frons, with dark brown markings as illustrated on fig. 1 I; labium brown elongate, surpassing hind coxae, with last segment much shorter than penultimate (fig. 1 J); ocelli present; pedicel of antennae bulbous (fig. 1 L); ratio BV/LV = 3.6; BF/LF = 1.15.

Thorax: pronotum pale yellow-brown; disc with 3 irregular, black-brown, longitudinal, stripes on each side; ventral lobe of pronotum black-brown on dorsal half; slight median carina and 2 impressed points on disc (figs. 1 H, L); mesonotum brown with irregular black markings; metanotum brown (fig. 1 H); ratio BT/LP+LM = 0.95.

Tegmina: testaceous, with membrane hyaline after nodal line; irregular black-brown markings; largest and best defined markings on costal cell and on membrane, markings often confluent on latter; veins tinged with red, dark brown on membrane; costal and sutural margins subparallel, tegmina slightly broader at nodal line; apex rounded and with apical margin oblique (figs. 1 G, J, K); ratio LTg/BTg = 3.6.

Hind wings: black-brown with apical half hyaline; no clear limit between dark and hyaline zones; base strongly tinged with red; veins brown-black, red on basal third, on apical half; maximal breadth near base; slightly broader than tegmina (figs. 1 G, J).

Legs: coxae I and II brown with apex testaceous; trochanters I and II testaceous; femora I black-brown with base and one ring testaceous; femora II black-brown with testaceous ring; femora III black-brown with apex testaceous; tibiae I and II black-brown with 3 testaceous rings; tarsi I and II black-brown; tibiae and tarsi III testaceous; tibiae III with 5–6 lateral and 6 apical spines black-brown apically (figs. 1 G, J).

Abdomen: black-brown with last segments pale green dorsally (figs. 1 G, J).

Genitalia ♂: pygofer in lateral view higher than long and with anterior and posterior margins subparallel (fig. 4 A); anal tube slightly longer than broad, with lateral margins strongly dilated on second third in dorsal view, slightly curved ventrad in lateral view (figs. 4 A, C); gonostyli subtriangular in lateral view, one strong tooth in middle on antero-dorsal margin, tooth directed laterally with apex slightly curved ventrally (figs 1 A, C).

Biology. Nothing is known except that the species seems to be restricted to Cape York Peninsula, and that it is attracted to light traps. One specimen has also been collected in a pitfall trap.

Notes. The species is close to Birdantis obscura ( Distant, 1888) from Papua New Guinea but can be separated from the latter by its smaller size (in B. obscura, LT : ♂ (n = 2): 25 mm (24.7–25.3); ♀ (n = 7): 26.1 mm (25.0– 27.0)) and different colour of the hind wings: hyaline area limited to apical third, without transition between dark and pale zones in obscura (extending to half of wing and progressively getting darker in mouldsi ) and basal red markings less developed in obscura .


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