A phylogenetic reassessment of the rare S. E. Asian firefly genus PYGOLUCIOLA Wittmer (Coleoptera: Lampyridae: Luciolinae)

Lesley Ballantyne, Christine Lambkin

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Cladistic analysis supports the return of the rare Malaysian (Bornean) firefly Pygoluciola Wittmer to generic status; it is redescribed from the five species included, and keys to males and known females presented. The number of reliably identified specimens in published accounts increases from 21 (in five species) to 28. Females of P. guigliae and P. wittmeri are described including morphology of the female abdomen and aspects of reproductive system anatomy which may be of significance in female identification. Discussion addresses different preservation techniques relative to interpretation of taxonomic characters and conjecture about function, association of males and females, functional morphology of the terminal abdomen of both sexes, and the value of colouration characters. Luciola undulata (Pic) is reassigned to Atyphella Olliff.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-48
Number of pages28
JournalRaffles Bulletin of Zoology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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