Semachrysa jade sp n.
A new species of insect has been recently discovered in Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor (
). How exciting! Selangor
An extract of the finding:
An unusual new species of green lacewing (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae: Semachrysa jade sp. n.) is described from Selangor (in the
) as a joint
discovery by citizen scientist and professional taxonomists. The incidental
nature of this discovery is underscored by the fact that the species was
initially photographed and then released, with images subsequently posted to an
online image database. It was not until the images in the database were
randomly examined by the professional taxonomists that it was determined that
the species was in fact new. A subsequent specimen was collected at the same
Green lacewings are the second largest family of lacewings, with more than 1200 species in approximately 80 valid genera distributed in all major biogeographical regions worldwide (Brooks and Barnard 1990).
The insect was originally photographed and released and was a female Semachrysa jade sp. n. female habitus. The forewing length was15.0 mm. It was photographed by Guek Hock Ping.
The insect was found 0.8 km SSW of entrance of
(GPS: 3.3057, 101.693), in closed forest type. Malaysia
The unusual new species is easily differentiated from all other species of Semachrysa by the distinctive wing venation mark between the antennal bases and only two spots across the frons, as well as the female abdominal sternite 7 being posteromedially acuminate with a tuft of strong setae. Only the female is known at this stage. Semachrysa jade sp. n. is similar in appearance to Semachrysa wallacei, based on head and wing markings. Like Semachrysa jade sp. n., Semachrysa wallacei is also only known from the female.
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