Studies on South-east Asian fireflies: Abscondita, a new genus with details of life history, flashing patterns and behaviour of Abs. chinensis (L.) and Abs. terminalis (Olivier) (Coleoptera: Lampyridae: Luciolinae)

Lesley Ballantyne, Hua Fu. Xin, Christine Lambkin, Ming-uen Jeng, Lynn Faust, W.M.C.D. Wijekoon, Li. Daiqin, Tengfui Zhu

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Abstract

Abscondita, a new genus of fireflies from South-east Asia, is described from males and females of Abs. anceyi (Olivier1883), Abs. cerata (Olivier 1911), Abs. chinensis (L. 1767), Abs. perplexa (Walker 1858), Abs. promelaena (Walker 1858)and Abs. terminalis (Olivier 1883), all transferred from Luciola Laporte. Both L. dubia Olivier 1903 and L. dejeani Gemminger1870 are synonymised with Luciola perplexa (Walker), and L. aegrota Olivier 1891 and L. melaspis Bourgeois1909 with L. promelaena Walker. Females are characterised by their bursa plates. Larvae are associated and described forAbs. anceyi (Olivier), Abs. chinensis (L.) and Abs. terminalis (Olivier). Taxonomic issues regarding the identification ofspecies with very similar colouration of pale dorsum and black tipped elytra are addressed and in some cases resolved. Aneotype for Luciola chinensis (L.) is erected and Luciola praeusta (Kiesenwetter 1874) is synonymised with L. chinensis(L.). Descriptions of life histories, biology and flashing patterns of populations of Abs. chinensis and Abs. terminalis fromcentral China are included. Abs. terminalis is the firs
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-48
Number of pages48
JournalZootaxa
Volume3721
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

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