Psilota aislinnae Young,

Young, Andrew D., Skevington, Jeffrey H. & Steenis, Wouter Van, 2020, Revision of the Psilota Meigen, 1822 flower flies (Diptera: Syrphidae) of Australia, Zootaxa 4737 (1), pp. 1-127: 19

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4737.1.1

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:C38FB007-98AE-4E4C-8A18-B1C75588815E

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3670978

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/B33CB310-FF88-3E51-FF51-FC59FB496227

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Plazi

scientific name

Psilota aislinnae Young
status

sp. nov.

Psilota aislinnae Young  sp. nov.

(Species plate: Fig. 5View FIGURE 5; Map: Fig. 50AView FIGURE 50)

Diagnosis: Strongly iridescent green over entire thorax and abdomen, with some blue reflective areas. Face metallic copperish, with some green laterally. Frons and face yellow pilose. Hind leg simple. Body length: 6.3–7.7 mm.

Description: MALE: Unknown.

FEMALE: Head: Vertex and occiput metallic blue, frons metallic green, face metallic dull red or copper. Head shining, free of pollinosity. Face and frons with bright yellow pile. Vertex with black pile. Antenna entirely orange. Eye sparsely pilose, pile whiteish. Thorax: Thorax entirely iridescent blue and green, shining, pollinosity free. Legs dark metallic blue, with some greenish iridescence. Hind femur unmodified, with only a few weak, black setulae apicoventrally. Pleuron black pilose. Scutum mostly black pilose, with some white pile anterior to transverse suture, and laterally to postalar callus. Scutellum black pilose. Halter dark brown. Calypter dark brown. Wing colourless, with bare areas at the bases of cells c, cua, m 4, and dm, anterior half of cell bm bare. Abdomen: Abdominal sclerites entirely iridescent bluish-green. Tergites 1–3 black pilose. Tergite 4 with some white pilosity on apical half. Sternite 1 black pilose, other sternites white pilose.

Etymology: This species is named after the lead author’s partner, Aislinn Wyatt. Throughout all ADY’s years of syrphidology and post-secondary education, Ais has been the most loving partner anyone could ever ask for, as well as the occasional field assistant.

Specimens examined: HOLOTYPE: AUSTRALIA: Queensland: Lamington National Park, Lahey Memorial , -28.188 153.121, 15.xii.2008 – 6.i.2009, Malaise trap. G. Monteith. QM Reg. No. T 222154 (1♀, QM)GoogleMaps  . PARATYPE:

Queensland: Kuranda. ANIC  Database No 29 034453 (1♀, ANIC)  .

Discussion: This species is known from only two female specimens, one collected in Kuranda QLD(Queensland), and one from Lamington National Park QLD. This widely disjunct distribution suggests that the species is present but rare across the east coast of Australia. Although no male has been collected, the holotype was successfully DNA barcoded, so if a male is collected in the future it can be confidently matched to the holotype using DNA evidence. The barcode data extracted from the holotype is publicly available on the BOLD website (process ID: SYCNC805- 18) and on Genbank ( MK073252View Materials), as detailed above in the Material and methods section.

QM

Queensland Museum

ANIC

Australian National Insect Collection

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Diptera

Family

Syrphidae

Genus

Psilota