NellosanaW. Eugene Hall
Nellosana is composed of four species, all currently found in New Zealand (Johnson, 1982). Members of this group represent some of the largest nanosellines known, ranging 0.54 to 0.88 mm in length. Specimens have been collected in rotted wood or associated with bracket fungi.
Nellosana can be separated from other nanosellines by its large size, 11 antennal segments, and the mesosternal process extending well into the region of the metasternum. Males of one species posses a large 'spur' on the mesotarsus, a feature absent in other Nanosellinae.
The aedeagus is proportionally large, and the varying spermatheca designs somewhat modified.
Johnson (1982) erected the genus Nellosana and named four species from New Zealand. Locality records include Bay of Plenty, Northland, and Auckland.
Johnson, C. 1982. An introduction to the Ptiliidae (Coleoptera) of New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 9: 333-376.
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