Antineda Iablokoff-Khnzorian
Updated August 2007.

Antineda Iablokoff-Khnzorian, 1982: 141.TS: Neda princeps Mulsant, 1850.

Antineda can readily be distinguished from remaining Australian Coccinellini by its large body and strongly convex orange elytra bearing black margins.

Length 6-12 mm. Body large, almost hemispherical; winged, glabrous. Elytral colour pattern, constant, uniformly red or orange with black lateral margins. Head with anterior clypeal border straight between lateral projections. Antenna 11-segmented; about as long as head capsule with compact 3-segmented club. Terminal maxillary palpomere securiform. Pronotal disc evenly convex transversely; lateral margins narrowly impressed within upturned external borders. Prothoracic hypomeron with shallow fovea near anterior angles; prosternal process with carinae extending forward. Anterior margin of mesoventrite deeply emarginate medially. Elytral margin with thickened beads visible near shoulders only; epipleuron weakly foveate at level of hind legs. Tibial spurs formula 0-2-2. Abdominal postcoxal line not recurved and incomplete laterally without oblique additional line. Male terminalia. Parameres and phallobase symmetrical; penis guide symmetrical. Parameres articulated with phallobase. Penis long and coiled, consisting of single sclerite; basal capsule distinct and T-shaped. Apodeme of male sternum 9 absent. Female terminalia. Coxities club-handle like; styli terminal, well developed, with apical setae; infundibulum absent; sperm duct simple, uniform in diameter. Spermatheca distinctly curved with cornu and basal ramus and nodulus; spermathecal accessory gland adjacent to sperm duct

Distribution and Biology
Three species are classified in this genus (Iablokoff-Khnzorian 1982), distributed from the Philippines to Australia. The single Australian species is found in sclerophyll forests across northern Australia (from Kimberleys in Western Australia to southern Queensland). Specimens have beeen collected on Eucalyptus leaves and at light. In the laboratory Antineda princeps was reared on Hyperomyzus aphids on Sonchus.

Genus References
Iablokoff-Khnzorian, S.M. 1982. Les coccinelles. Coleoptères-Coccinellidae. Société nouvelle des editions Boubée, Paris. 568 pp.

Pope, R. D. 1989. A revision of the Australian Coccinellidae (Coleoptera). Part 1. Subfamily Coccinellinae. Invertebrate Taxonomy, 2 (1988): 663-735.

Slipinski, S.A. 2007. Australian Ladybird Beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) their biology and classification. ABRS, Canberra. 286 pp.

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