Australian Museum Journal A review of present knowledge of the family Peloridiidae and new genera and new species from New Zealand and New Caledonia (Hemiptera: Insecta)

Shortform:
Evans, 1982, Rec. Aust. Mus. 34(5): 381–406
Author(s):
Evans, J. W.
Year published:
1982
Title:
A review of present knowledge of the family Peloridiidae and new genera and new species from New Zealand and New Caledonia (Hemiptera: Insecta)
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
34
Issue:
5
Start page:
381
End page:
406
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.34.1982.296
Language:
English
Plates:
published 15 March 1982 not January 1982, see erratum on inside cover of vol. 34 nos 6–11
Date published:
15 March 1982
Cover date:
31 January 1982
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
INSECTA: HEMIPTERA; TAXONOMY
Digitized:
21 January 2009
Available online:
02 March 2009
Reference number:
296
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Complete work:
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Abstract

The Peloridiidae, a family of small flattened cryptically coloured relict Hemiptera which for the most part live in saturated moss, form part of the "Antarctic" or Gondwanaland fauna, and are of uncertain relationships.

Up to the present 21 species have been described. Of these 6 species occur in southern South America, 6 in New Zealand, 6 in Australia and 3 on Lord Howe Island. In the South American fauna, a new generic name, Kuscheloides, is proposed to replace Kuschelia China (preoccupied). Four new species are added to the new Zealand list. Two of these are assigned to a new genus, Xenophysella, type species Xenophyes stewartensis Woodward (X. dugdalei sp. n., X. pegasusensis sp. n.). Another belongs to Xenophyes Bergroth (X. kinlochensis sp. n.), while the fourth species, Oiophysa pendergrasti Woodward, previously had sub-specific rank. The first peloridiid to be recorded from New Caledonia is also described (Oiophysella gen. nov., type species 0. degenerata sp. n.).

Illustrations and brief particulars are given of every known representative of the family Peloridiidae, also a summary of existing knowledge of the group. In addition, some aspects of the morphology of the head, and of the significance of paranota are discussed, likewise the position of the family within the order Hemiptera.

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