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Date of this Version

September 1998


Published in Insecta Mundi Vol. 12, No. 3-4, September-December, 1998. Copyright © 1998 by Spangler.

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A new tribe is established in the Limnichidae, Limnichinae, for a new genus and species, Wooldridgeus perforatus, from Sabah, Malaysia. Two autapomorphic characters distinguish Wooldridgeini from the two other tribes of the subfamily Limnichinae; 1) the mesotarsus and metatarsus join their respective tibia ventrally (medially) and preapically instead of the usual apical only connection and 2) a large pore, presumed to be an opening of a prothoracic gland, is present on each hypomeron. Distinguishing characters are illustrated by scanning electron micrographs and line drawings. A key to the three tribes included in the Limnichinae is provided.

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