Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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Species Phaconeura proserpina Hoch, 1993

Compiler and date details

13 April 2011 - Murray J. Fletcher



This is one of two troglobitic meenoplids found in Western Australia, the other being Phaconeura pluto Fennah from which P. proserpina can be differentiated by features of the male and female genitalia. The species is named from Proserpina, queen of the underworld in classical mythology.




Western Australia

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


WA: Carnarvon (CAR)

Ecological Descriptors

All stages: cave dweller, phloem feeder.



Cavernicolous. In general appearance resembling the Western Australian Phaconeura pluto, with eyes, tegmina and bodily pigmentation reduced, hind wings vestigial. Differing from this and other congeners mainly by characters of the male and female genitalia. Male: aedeagus with two stout laterobasal spinose processes, arising on each side of an unpaired dorsal projection. Female: ventral valvula globular bearing a short spine; anal segment laterally with an ear-shaped projection (Hoch 1993).


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
15-Apr-2011 15-Apr-2011 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)