Thursday, August 10, 2017

[Entomology • 2017] Phyllium fallorum • A New Species of Phyllium (Phyllium) Illiger, 1798 (Phasmida, Phylliidae) from Mindanao, Philippines

Phyllium (Phyllium) fallorum  Cumming, 2017


A new species of leaf insect, Phyllium (Phyllium) fallorum n. sp. is described and illustrated. In addition a key to the current known species of Phyllium Illiger, 1798 from the Philippines is provided. This species is currently only known from the single unique holotype, which will be deposited in the San Diego Natural History Museum. Measurements of anatomical figures were made to the nearest 0.1 mm. Photos were taken using a Canon 5D Mark II and a MP-E 65mm macro lens and stacked using Zerene photo stacking software, version 1.04, 64-bit. Currently, ten species of Phyllium Illiger, 1798 have been described from the Philippines, with Phyllium (Phyllium) fallorum n. sp. the eleventh. Of the eleven known species from the Philippines, five are only known from female specimens.
Keywords: Orthoptera, Phasmida, Phylliidae

Phyllium (Phylliumfallorum n. sp. 

Holotype: ♀: Philippines, Mindanao, Davao Del Sur, Kapatagan X-2015 [Coll. RC 16-121].

Etymology: This new species is a patronym named to honor the Fall family of BioQuip Products, California, United States. BioQuip Products was born in 1947 when Richard Fall began manufacturing entomology drawers in the family’s garage. Wife Louise Fall and sons, Ken and Chris, continue to run the family work today. 

Royce T. Cumming. 2017. A New Species of Phyllium (Phyllium) Illiger, 1798 from Mindanao, Philippines (Phasmida, Phylliidae).
 Zootaxa. 4303(2); 297–300.   DOI:  10.11646/zootaxa.4303.2.10