A new giant leaf insect described from Thailand
A new giant leaf insect of the genus Phyllium Illiger, 1798 has been described from Northern Thailand (Chiang Mai). Phyllium (Pulchriphyllium) maethoraniae n. sp. is characteristic for the very distinctive and remarkable shape of the female abdomen. The new species is closely related to the Chinese Phyllium (Pu.) sinense Liu (1990) and belongs in the bioculatum species-group. The unique female holotype (deposited in the Muséum national d`Histoire naturelle de Paris, MNHN) has a body length of almost 95 mm, making it one of the largest leaf insects known.
Delfosse, E. (2015): A new giant leaf insect of the genus Phyllium from Thailand (Phasmatodea, Phylliidae). Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France, 120(3): 411-415.
Two new species of large stick insects from the tribe Phasmatini described from the Wallacea (Indonesia)
A paper in the well-known Journal "Zootaxa" has been published by Frank Hennemann, Oskar Conle and Sigetaki Suzuki, which provides a review of the giant stick insects of the tribe Phasmatini, that occur in the zoogeographical subregion referred to as Wallacea (Indonesia). This includes the genera Anchiale, Eurycnema, Paracyphocrania and Phasma. A total of eight species are known to occur in the Wallacea, all of which are described and illustrated in detail, along with information on their interesting distributional pattern within the highly complex geography of Wallacea.
Two new species are described: Anchiale buruense n. sp. from the island of Buru and Paracyphocrania major n. sp. from the island of Peleng. The previously unknown males of Paracyphocrania lativentris Redtenbacher, 1908 and Phasma marosense Hennemann, 1998 are described and illustrated. The natural distribution of the well-known Eurycnema versirubra Audinet-Serville, 1838 is discussed and shows this species to be an exceptionally Nusa Tenggara taxon. All records from Java, Sumatra and Borneo are revealed as artificial.
A pdf-file of this publication can be obtained from Frank Hennemann on request.
Hennemann, F.H, Conle, O.V. & Suzuki, S. (2015): A study of the members of the tribe Phasmatini Gray, 1835, that occur within the boundaries of Wallacea (Phasmatodea: Phasmatidae: Phasmatinae: "Lanceocercata"). Zootaxa, 4008(1): 1-74.