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Species Hesperilla mastersi Waterhouse, 1900

Chequered Sedge-skipper, Master's Skipper

  • Hesperilla mastersi Waterhouse, G.A. 1900. Descriptions of new species of Australian Rhopalocera. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 25(1): 52-57 pl. 1 figs 1-8 [publication date: Anon. 1929. List showing dates of publication of parts of the Proceedings for each year. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. Index to vols 1–50 (1875–1925).] [54 pl. 1 figs 5-8].
    Type data:
     Lectotype AM KL08869 , Clifton, NSW (Waterhouse recorded Mount Kembla, Illawarra and Clifton, NSW, in original description).
    Paralectotype(s) AM KL08870 1, Mt Kembla, NSW; AM sex not stated; MMUS ; MMUS 1, locality unknown
    Comment: Waterhouse in the original description indicated that he described four specimens; Peters, J.V. 1971. A Catalogue of the Type Specimens of the Hesperioidea and Papilionoidea (Lepidoptera) in the Australian Museum. Greenwich, NSW : Australian Entomological Press 36 pp. [13] (type information).
    Subsequent designation references:
    Lower, O.B. 1911. Revision of the Australian Hesperiadae. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 35: 112-172 [135] (mentioned types and this cannot be accepted as a lectotype designation); Waterhouse, G.A. 1937. Australian Hesperiidae. VII. Notes on the types and type localities. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 62(3–4): 107-125 [117] (referred to a holotype); Edwards, E.D., Newland, J. & Regan, L. 2001. Lepidoptera: Hesperioidea, Papilionoidea. In Wells, A. & Houston, W.W.K. Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 31.6. Melbourne : CSIRO Publishing, Australia. x 615 pp. (interpret Waterhouse's reference to a holotype as a lectotype designation (Art. 74, ICZN 1985)).
    Type locality references:
    Waterhouse, G.A. 1937. Australian Hesperiidae. VII. Notes on the types and type localities. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 62(3–4): 107-125 [117] (restricted the type locality to Clifton, NSW).
  • Hesperilla mastersi marakupa Couchman, 1965.
    Type data:
     Holotype ANIC (Couchman designated a holotype), Bridport, 1 mile S of (sea level), TAS (designated in original description).


Taxonomic Decision for Synonymy

  • Braby, M.F. 2000. The Butterflies of Australia, their identification, biology and distribution. Melbourne : CSIRO Publishing xx 976 pp.




New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria

Extra Distribution Information

Tasmanian record requires confirmation.

Australian Endemic.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NSW, Qld, Tas, Vic: Australian Alps (AA), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Ben Lomond (BEL), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Desert Uplands (DEU), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Flinders (FLI), King (KIN), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Naracoorte Coastal Plain (NCP), NSW North Coast (NNC), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Tasmanian Central Highlands (TCH), Tasmanian Northern Midlands (TNM), Tasmanian Northern Slopes (TNS), Tasmanian South East (TSE), Tasmanian Southern Ranges (TSR), Tasmanian West (TWE), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP), Wet Tropics (WT)

Ecological Descriptors

Larva: herbivore (associated flora: Gahnia melanocarpa R.Br. [CYPERACEAE]; Gahnia sp. [CYPERACEAE] (aff. radula)).


General References

Couchman, L.E. & Couchman, R. 1977. The butterflies of Tasmania. Tasmanian Year Book No. 11. pp. 66–96. [72] (biology)

Edwards, E.O. 1963. Life history of the butterfly Hesperilla mastersi (Master's skipper). The Australian Zoologist 13(1): 31-32 [31]


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
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