Lucialla Slipinski, 2007: 119. TS: Lucialla almeidae Slipinski, 2007.
Lucialla differs from all known genera of Coccidulini by 10-segmented antenna with scape strongly enlarged and convex externally, non emarginate eyes, male 5th abdominal ventrite bearing setose foveae and mid- and hind tibiae each with single apical spur.
Length 3.2-3.5 mm. Body medium sized; head dorsally not covered by pronotum; dorsum uniformly hairy. Pronotum orange; elytral colour blackish with orange apices. Head broad, eyes finely facetted, not emarginate. Antenna 10-segmented shorter than head capsule with compact 3-segmented antennal club. Terminal maxillary palpomere strongly securiform. Pronotal disc flat and even. Prosternal process narrow without distinct carinae. Elytral epipleuron very narrow, incomplete apically, not foveate. Tibial spurs formula 0-1-1. Abdominal postcoxal line recurved and complete; male with 5th ventrite bearing setose foveae. Male terminalia. Parameres and phallobase symmetrical; penis guide symmetrical. Parameres articulated with phallobase. Penis stout, consisting of single sclerite; basal capsule distinct and T-shaped. Apodeme of male sternum 9 broad and plate-like. Female terminalia. Coxities distinctly elongate, triangular; styli strongly reduced and hardly visible; infundibulum absent; sperm duct simple, uniform in diameter. Spermatheca worm-like, without clear ramus or nodulus; spermathecal accessory gland adjacent to sperm duct.
Distribution and Biology
Known from 2 specimens collected in Sydney and Brisbane areas. The specimens were collected in May and July on Eucalyptus trunk
Slipinski, S.A. 2007. Australian Ladybird Beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) their biology and classification. ABRS, Canberra. 286 pp.
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