Molophilus johnmartini, Theischinger & T, 2017

Theischinger, Günther & T, Australia., 2017, Molophilus (Molophilus) johnmartini nov. sp. from the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia (Diptera: Limoniidae), Linzer biologische Beiträge 49 (2), pp. 1111-1115: 1112

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Molophilus johnmartini


Molophilus johnmartini   nov.sp. ( Figs 1-3 View Figs 1-4 , 5, 6 View Figs 5-6 )

T y p e m a t e r i a l: Holotype Ƌ: Australia, New South Wales, Blue Mountains N. P., Govett’s Leap Brook (33.640711°S / 150.30612°E, 967 m), 26-29.iv.2017, G. Theischinger; sweep (Australian Museum). 1♀ (identified by supposition): same data and depository as holotype. GoogleMaps  

D e s c r i p t i o n

Male ( Figs 1-3 View Figs 1-4 )

H e a d. Largely greyish brown; palps and antennae yellowish to pale greyish brown.

T h o r a x. Yellowish to pale greyish brown. Legs with coxae, trochanters and most of femora and tibiae pale greyish yellow, merging into pale greyish brown in apical 1/5 to ¼ of femora and tibiae; tarsi and claws medium to dark greyish brown.

W i n g s. Hyaline, largely very slightly suffused with greyish yellow, somewhat stronger suffused with pale brownish grey along cross-veins. Halteres yellowish white.

A b d o m e n. Pale to dark greyish brown.

G e n i t a l i a ( Figs 1-3 View Figs 1-4 ). Largely brownish yellow to yellowish brown. Tergite 9 rather simple and narrow. Gonocoxite with dorsal lobe (dl) black, moderately long, very thin, strongly but evenly curved ventrally, mesal lobe (ml) simple and plump and about as long as ventral lobe; ventro-lateral lobe (vll) small and subtriangular, ventral lobe (vl) lightly sclerotized, narrow but apically not pointed. Inner gonostylus (ig) a slim brown rod with dorsally directed apical hook. Outer gonostylus (og) widely bifid with thin, evenly curved and pointed inner branch and thin-stemmed outer branch with bird-headlike apex. Aedeagus thin; parameres simple, oval.

D i m e n s i o n s. Wing length 4.5 mm.

Female (identified by supposition)

H e a d. Brown to brownish black; palps and antennae greyish to brownish yellow.

T h o r a x. Yellowish to pale greyish brown. Legs much as in male but with apical darkening in femora and tibiae less distinct.

W i n g s. Much as in male but less distinctly suffused with darker along cross-veins. Halteres yellowish white with pale grey patch on knob.

A b d o m e n.Muchasinmale.

T e r m i n a l i a ( Figs 5, 6 View Figs 5-6 ). Brownish yellow to yellowish brown. Tergite 10 with some parts very pale and membranous, others unusually darkened forming kind of lateral lobes. Ovipositor with cerci markedly shorter than hypogynial valves.

D i m e n s i o n s. Wing length 5.0 mm.

E t y m o l o g y. The species is dedicated to John Martin, dear friend, great company in the field and great help with photographic illustrations.


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