Taxonomy and behaviour of lucioline fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae:Luciolinae) with redefinition and new species of Pygoluciola Wittmer from mainland China and review of Luciola LaPorte

Xin Hua Fu, Lesley Ballantyne

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Abstract

Subfamily classification within the Lampyridae, and generic categories in the Luciolinae are reviewed, as are the difficultiesthat often exist with accurate species determinations because of inadequate definition of the genus LuciolaLaPorte. A key to genera of the Luciolinae reflects current phylogenetic trends and includes the first morphologicaldetails of Luciola (Photuroluciola) (Pic). An expanded generic definition of Pygoluciola Wittmer includes an extensionof its geographic range. Pygoluciola qingyu sp. nov. is described including morphology of males, females (bursa structure)and larvae, and the first record of synchronous flashing from mainland China. Behaviour including predaciousactivity by larvae on large mandibulate ants, in an apparently hazardous frontal attack, the semiaquatic mode of life andluminous activity including synchronous flashing is described and discussed. A lectotype male of Luciola cerata Olivieris designated and described.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-44
Number of pages44
JournalZootaxa
Issue number1733
Publication statusPublished - 03 Mar 2008

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