Monday, 27 March 2017

Coeliccia mientrung - a splendid new species

Today a new species of Coeliccia was published: Coeliccia mientrung. This is a species that looks quite a bit like Coeliccia pyriformis, but it differs actually in quite a few details of its coloration. The yellow on the abdomen tip is restricted in comparison, the antehumerals are much shorter, the eyes are colored differently, to name a few. Of course, the genital ligula is somewhat different too, and the shape of the superior appendages are also different. This may sound like a lot, but in fact many it is still rather similar. In Phong Nha - Ke Bang the two species occur side by side. To the north apparently only C. pyriformis occurs and to the south C. mientrung. For details and additional information, please see the Zootaxa article.

Female of Coeliccia mientrung.

The male of C. mientrung, with three-colored eyes, short antehumerals and reduced yellow on the abdomen tip.

Its look-alike, C. pyriformis. Note the blue eyes of the mal, the banana-shaped antehumerals and the large yellow abdomen tip.

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