Bandella maxi, Bickel, 2002

Bickel, Daniel J., 2002, Bandella, A New Hilarine Fly Genus from Australia (Diptera: Empididae), Records of the Australian Museum 54, pp. 313-324: 322

publication ID

2201-4349

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/82113931-FF94-FF84-FEB7-08BAC139F94E

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Felipe

scientific name

Bandella maxi
status

n.sp.

Bandella maxi   n.sp.

Figs. 2g, 4d

Type material. HOLOTYPE 3 (K 173140), Queensland: Mt Lewis, Mt Lewis Rd nr forestry hut, 1100 m, 10.xii.1974, at light, M.S. Moulds ( AMS).  

Description (male): length: 10.0; wing: 7.5×2.2. Head: post-cranium, vertex and frons shining black with no pruinosity; ventral postcranium with scattered pale setae; postorbitals reduced to short hairs, white ventrally, black dorsally; face as wide as frons and covered with silvery pruinosity; palp yellow with white setae, curved and slightly clavate; proboscis yellow with dark brown apex, elongate, length about one and a half head height, and projecting ventrally; antenna dark brown.

Thorax: pleura and anterior mesonotum mostly redbrown; anterior mesonotum red, interdigitating with black posterior mesonotum ( Fig. 2g); scutellum black with reddish margin; postnotum black, posterior slope of mesonotum covered with field of short setulae.

Legs: coxae mostly reddish yellow; but CIII laterally infuscated; coxae with only short pale vestiture, no strong setae; all tarsi with strong black claws and large yellowish pulvilli; I: 9.0; 9.8; 5.0/ 2.1/ 1.5/ 1.8/ 1.4; leg I mostly redyellow; FI and TI mostly with short vestiture; TI without anteroapical comb; TI and It 1 each with 2–3 pairs of apical av and pv setae, It 2 and It 3 each with single av-pv setal pair; all of tarsus I with pale ventral pile; II: 10.0; 10.5; 4.5/ 1.8/ 1.3/ 1.4/ 1.0; FII mostly reddish yellow but infuscated in distal half; TII and IIt 1 red-yellow; distal tarsomeres II dark brown; TII with pair strong av setae; each tarsomere IIt 1–3 with apical av-pv setae; IIt 3 and IIt 4 with dense pale ventral pile; III: 13.5; 13.0; 5.0/ 2.0/ 1.3/ 1.5/ 1.3; FIII yellowish in basal half but distally dark brown; TIII yellow in basal third, and with distal two-thirds of TIII, and all IIIt dark brown; FIII gradually expanding apically, and weakly clavate in distal third; TIII without strong setae; IIIt with short black vestiture.

Abdomen: terga 1 and 2 reddish, remainder of abdomen black; cuticle glabrous, without pruinosity; segment 7 with well-developed tergum and sternum, tergum 7 not excavated; nor differentiated from segments anteriad; tergum 8 reduced to narrow band; sternum 8 unmodified; hypopygium ( Fig. 4d).

Female unknown.

Remarks. Bandella maxi   is known only from submontane rainforest above 1000 m on Mt. Lewis, in the Queensland wet tropics. It has a greatly expanded and keel-like hypopygium.

However, male abdominal segments 7 and 8 are relatively unmodified, and therefore plesiomorphic with respect to the other Bandella species.   This species is named for the collector, Max Moulds.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Empididae

Genus

Bandella