Wednesday, April 19, 2017

[Entomology • 2017] Lyriothemis kameliyae spec. nov. • The Riddle of Lyriothemis bivittata (Rambur, 1842) (Odonata: Libellulidae)

Lyriothemis kameliyae  Kompier, 2017


Lyriothemis kameliyae spec. nov. from northern Vietnam is described and illustrated for both sexes, and descriptions are given of male and female specimens of L. bivittata collected in Vietnam. A comparison of their distinguishing characteristics is provided, and differences from similar L. tricolor are discussed. Earlier descriptions and some records of L. bivittata are evaluated. Evidently these contain at least some L. kameliyae specimens, and therefore historic records of L. bivittata require evaluation. The ranges of the two species overlap considerably. Some information is provided on the biology of L. kameliyae.

Keywords: Odonata, Libellulidae, Lyriothemis kameliyae spec. nov., new species, Vietnam

Lateral scans: (left) ♂ Lyriothemis bivittata, Huu Lien NR, 23.VII.2016;
(right) ♂ Lyriothemis kameliyae, holotype. 

 Lyriothemis kameliyae spec. nov.

Etymology. The species is named after Kameliya Petrova in gratitude for her assistance with my book “Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Serra dos Orgaos” and unrelenting support for my continuing research on Odonata in Vietnam. Kameliyae, a noun in the genitive case.

 Lyriothemis bivittata (Rambur, 1842)

Tom Kompier. 2017. The Riddle of Lyriothemis bivittata (Rambur, 1842)Lyriothemis kameliyae spec. nov. (Odonata: Libellulidae). Zootaxa. 4250(4); 315–326. DOI:  10.11646/zootaxa.4250.4.2