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Wells A.,Australian Biological Resources Study | Johanson K.A.,Swedish Museum of Natural History | Mary-Sasal N.,B.P. 271
ZooKeys | Year: 2013

The New Caledonian endemic hydroptilid genus Caledonotrichia Sykora (Trichoptera) is reviewed and 6 new species are described: C. bifida, C. capensis, C. minuta, C. ouinnica, C. sykorai and C. vexilla. Together with the established species for which revised diagnoses are given, these raise to 11 the number of species known in this genus. The new species, females of 3 species, and several unusual larval cases are examined and described for further insight into relationships of this enigmatic genus. A key to species is provided. © Alice Wells et al.


Wells A.,Australian Biological Resources Study | Johanson K.A.,Swedish Museum of Natural History
ZooKeys | Year: 2014

We review the New Caledonian representatives of the Australasian endemic hydroptiline genus Acritoptila, based on examination of a considerable collection of material in the Swedish Museum of Natural History and of types of previously established species. A key for identification of males is given and includes 3 species newly described here: A. parallela sp. n., A. forficata sp. n. and A. macrospina sp. n. For all New Caledonian species, male genitalia are illustrated, and for 5 associated females, distinctive features are illustrated and described. © Alice Wells, Kjell Arne Johanson.


Johanson K.A.,Swedish Museum of Natural History | Wells A.,Australian Biological Resources Study | Malm T.,Swedish Museum of Natural History | Malm T.,University of Eastern Finland | And 2 more authors.
Mitteilungen aus dem Museum fur Naturkunde in Berlin - Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift | Year: 2011

The Trichoptera diversity of Vanuatu is reviewed based on earlier and recently collected material. Altogether, 20 species in 12 genera and 8 families are now recognized for the country, of which 12 species are described as new to science in the families Hydrobiosidae (1 species), Hydroptilidae (5 species), Philopotamidae (3 species) and Leptoceridae (3 species). The previously known species from Vanuatu are re-described with illustrations and photographs. A key to adults of the Trichoptera fauna of Vanuatu is provided. © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.


Wells A.,Australian Biological Resources Study | Johanson K.A.,Swedish Museum of Natural History
Zootaxa | Year: 2012

New Caledonian representation of the New Zealand-New Caledonian hydroptilid caddisfly genus Paroxyethira Mosely, 1924, is reviewed on the basis of a considerable collection from widespread New Caledonian localities. Description of 8 new species brings to 10 the known fauna for the island. Males of all New Caledonian species are illustrated, a key to adult males is provided, and the associated females are described for 6 species. Copyright © 2012 Magnolia Press.


PubMed | Swedish Museum of Natural History and Australian Biological Resources Study
Type: | Journal: ZooKeys | Year: 2015

New Caledonian representation of the cosmopolitan genus Oxyethira Eaton is reviewed, with the description of new species bringing to 26 the total for the genus on the island. The species are referred to three subgenera: Trichoglene Neboiss (11 species), Pacificotrichia Kelley (13 species) and Dampfitrichia Ulmer (one species) and one species is unplaced to subgenus. A key is provided to Oxyethira species of New Caledonia. In addition, new records are given for two otherwise Australian species, Hydroptila losida Mosely and Hellyethira malleoforma Wells. Points marked on a series of small maps of New Caledonia indicate the site or sites at which the species were collected. This final paper in a series of generic revisions brings the hydroptilid fauna of the island of New Caledonia to 60 species, distributed in six genera.


Butler A.J.,CSIRO | Rees T.,CSIRO | Beesley P.,Australian Biological Resources Study | Bax N.J.,CSIRO
PLoS ONE | Year: 2010

The entire Australian marine jurisdictional area, including offshore and sub-Antarctic islands, is considered in this paper. Most records, however, come from the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around the continent of Australia itself. The counts of species have been obtained from four primary databases (the Australian Faunal Directory, Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota, Online Zoological Collections of Australian Museums, and the Australian node of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System), but even these are an underestimate of described species. In addition, some partially completed databases for particular taxonomic groups, and specialized databases (for introduced and threatened species) have been used. Experts also provided estimates of the number of known species not yet in the major databases. For only some groups could we obtain an (expert opinion) estimate of undiscovered species. The databases provide patchy information about endemism, levels of threat, and introductions. We conclude that there are about 33,000 marine species (mainly animals) in the major databases, of which 130 are introduced, 58 listed as threatened and an unknown percentage endemic. An estimated 17,000 more named species are either known from the Australian EEZ but not in the present databases, or potentially occur there. It is crudely estimated that there may be as many as 250,000 species (known and yet to be discovered) in the Australian EEZ. For 17 higher taxa, there is sufficient detail for subdivision by Large Marine Domains, for comparison with other National and Regional Implementation Committees of the Census of Marine Life. Taxonomic expertise in Australia is unevenly distributed across taxa, and declining. Comments are given briefly on biodiversity management measures in Australia, including but not limited to marine protected areas. © 2010 Butler et al.


Wells A.,Australian Biological Resources Study
Zootaxa | Year: 2011

Three new Trichoptera (caddisfly) species are described for the small south-western Pacific seamount island of Lord Howe, all probably endemics. These are 2 hydropsychids, Cheumatopsyche erskinensis sp. nov. and C. howensis sp. nov., and a leptocerid, Symphitoneuria neboissi sp. nov. These are the first species recorded from Lord Howe in the respective genera and increase to 5 the number of genera recorded from the island, and to 9 the number of named species. Features of 2 distinctive but unidentified Cheumatopsyche larvae, larval cases of S. neboissi sp. nov., and the larva and case of Tasiagma eremica Neboiss are illustrated and described. Life stages of species in 3 other genera are recorded from the island: several larvae and females identified as Ulmerochorema (Hydrobiosidae); 2 females of a species of Triplectides (Leptoceridae); and a larva of Plectrocnemia (Polycentropodidae), which is illustrated. Although, conceivably, none of these 3 has permanent populations, the 3 genera are included in the checklist of Trichoptera of Lord Howe Island and in the identification keys provided for Trichoptera adults and larvae of the island. © 2011. Magnolia Press.


Five new species of Hydroptilidae are described from the Wet Tropics of northeastern Queensland: Orphninotrichia barbarae sp. nov., O. desleyae sp. nov., and O. alata sp. nov.; and Orthotrichia rentzi sp. nov. and O. andicairnsae sp. nov. New records extend the known distribution of one species in each of these genera, and brief comments are given on probable classification of the genus Orphninotrichia and on biology as deduced from collecting data. Copyright © 2010 Magnolia Press.


The genus Agapetus Curtis (Trichoptera: Glossosomatidae) in Australia is reviewed. Among the 23 species recognised, 13 are newly described: Agapetus cannensis sp. nov., A. christineae sp. nov., A. dundungra sp. nov., A. mittamitta sp. nov., A. mossmanensis sp. nov., A. muelleri sp. nov., A. neboissi sp. nov., A. paluma sp. nov., A. paracralus sp. nov., A. sheldoni sp. nov., A. stclairae sp. nov., A. tubrabucca sp. nov., A. zwicki sp. nov. Australian species occur mainly in the streams of Tasmania and of the Great Dividing Range on the mainland. Diagnostic characteristics and the known distribution for each Australian species are discussed briefly and a key to males of Australian species is provided. Copyright © 2010 Magnolia Press.

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