Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

FNZ 49 - Lithinini (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Ennominae) - Abstract

Weintraub, JD; Scoble, MJ 2004. Lithinini (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Ennominae). Fauna of New Zealand 49, 48 pages.
( ISSN 0111-5383 (print), ; no. 49. ISBN 0-478-09357-8 (print), ). Published 29 Apr 2004


The New Zealand Lithinini are reviewed, with a general discussion of morphology and natural history. A key is provided to the eight species, representing three genera. The New Zealand fauna is wholly endemic, with affinities to Southern Hemisphere genera that occur in temperate Australia and Tasmania. Sarisa (monotypic), Sestra (two species), and Ischalis (five species) are treated in detail. Ischalis dugdalei n. sp. is described from the South Island. Comprehensive distribution data are provided for all taxa. Host plant association data and information on immature stages are reviewed for all New Zealand genera and summarised.

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