new species recently described:
Cricula vietnama Brechlin, Nässig & Naumann, 1999
published in: Senckenbergiana biologica 78: 187
(The 15th species of the genus, the third species of the genus known from Vietnam)
See here a short extract of the text with a few of the
(Insecta, Lepidoptera, Saturniidae)
Wolfgang A. NÄSSIG, Ronald BRECHLIN & Stefan NAUMANN
|Abstract: The present knowledge about the species of the saturniid genus Cricula from Vietnam is compiled. Three species are known: Cricula trifenestrata (Helfer, 1837), Cricula jordani Bryk, 1944 and a third species, which is described as new: Cricula vietnama n. sp. It belongs, just like C. jordani, to the species-group of C. andrei Jordan, 1909, but is smaller and differs in many details of the genitalia. All three species are compared, illustrated, and the genitalia of both sexes are shown. A few notes and rectifications to a recent publication on the Cricula species of China are added.||Published in:
Senckenbergiana biologica, vol. 78 (1/2) : 183–192
15 February 1999
Brechlin, Nässig & Naumann, new species
(Pictures taken from the colour plate of the original description, enlarged; male and female not to the same scale)
Similar to the females of C. jordani, slightly smaller. The apex is less pointed. The dark reddish colour of the submarginal area is also found between some of the veins in the otherwise distinctly more orangy median area. The submarginal area is less lightened with greyish scales.
Female genitalia (GP 993/96, see Fig. 24). The ostium bursae is much less sclerotized and much smaller than in C. jordani. The general size of the female genitalia is as well slightly smaller than in C. jordani. The lamella postvaginalis is smaller and less pronounced than in C. jordani; however, its median indentation is broader, but not so deep.
Female paratype (CCAS)
Genitalia (Figs. 20, 21) much smaller than in C. jordani, in size (not in shape and structure) similar to C. trifenestrata. Vesica slender, with only one, but relatively long, tube with an apical cornutus; the two other cornuti are positioned basally, lateral of the tube. There is a sclerotization, sometimes a small spine, at the distal end of the aedeagus tube. Shape of sella variable, sometimes with a distinct part of the two branches still united (Fig. 20), sometimes the bifurcation starts very close to the base (Fig. 21). Apex of the costal part of the valve very elongate; harpe prominent, but narrow. Sacculus of the valves relatively strong. Scaphium broad.
The small size and especially the slender shape of the aedeagus and vesica are diagnostic.
The full text can be read in Senckenbergiana biologica,
78 (1999), pages 183–192.
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