05/06/2013

Calicnemia soccifera Yu & Chen, 2013



In May 2013, during a field trip to Ba Vi National Park, I photographed  a male Calicnemia sp. at a shady rock seeping with water (at ca 900m a.s.l.).
When I got home, I did a little research and it turns out to be C. soccifera, a recently described species from Yunnan. It was the first record from Vietnam. Subsequently, I found it in Xuan Son National Park. Tom Kompier recorded it also in different locations in northern Vietnam.
The Latin adjective soccifera [soccus + ferre] means “sock-wearing” and refers to the remarkable black colored tibiae and tarsi compared to the reddish brown femora.


Some "in hand" shots :

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