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Genus Paronellides Schött, 1925.

Without scales, antennae not longer than body. Body strongly convex longitudinally. Furcula well-developed. Mucro of typically Paronelline form and bidentate. Dens without spines. Only one species referable to this genus occurs in New Zealand.

Paronellides novae–zealandiae sp. nov. Plate 66, figs. 447–448; Plate 67, fig. 449.

Colour: Yellowish-brown with a suffusion of pale purple over head; Abd. II and Abd. III purple dorsally and the sides of Abd. IV from midway down to ventral surface completely purple. Abd. VI purple. Generally, a purple band along ventral edges of thoracic pleura. Legs and furcula yellow, with tibio-tarsi violet. Antennae purple with last segment deep violet. Sometimes a purple patch on the posterior dorsal three-quarters of Abd. IV and on Th. II and Abd. I. Ocelli on black pigment patches.

Clothing: Densely clothed with short ciliated setae and occasional longer ones. Dorsally on head, thorax and Abd. I many long, flexed setae. Two bothriotrichia occur on each side of Abd. IV about three-quarters back. Some long setae occur on antennae and legs.

Body: Length up to 1·6 mm. Antennae approximately equal in length to body and four times longer than head; the ratio of the four segments being 10: 16: 14: 29. Ocelli, eight to each side, the posterior inner two very small, remainder all large. Ventral tube short. Abd. IV eight times longer than Abd. III.

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Legs: Claw with a pair of small exterior lateral teeth about one-third down outer edge. One pair of inner teeth at one-quarter and a single tooth at three-quarters. Empodial appendage two-thirds length of claw, sharply pointed. A single strong clavate tenent hair longer than claw to each foot.

Furcula: Reaching forward to prothorax. Manubrium to mucro-dens as 22: 26. Mucro with two equal blunt teeth and protected by a long ciliated spine-like appendage. The mucro is indistinctly separated from the dens.

Localities: Maruia Valley, Lewis Pass, amongst leaf mould in the forest and under stones by mountain streams; Otira Gorge, amongst leaf debris; 2,800 ft.; Lake Brunner, in bush soil and leaf debris; Punakaiki, in bush debris; Buller Gorge, amongst leaf mould; Maruia Saddle, amongst leaf debris in forest, 1,900 ft.

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Type: Slide 3/840 and Figured Paratype: Slide 3/841, Dominion Museum Collection.

Paronellides novae-zealandiae subspecies purpurea nov.

In this subspecies the basal body colour generally is of a darker orange-brown than in the principal form, and the purple pigment is much darker and much increased so as also to cover, dorsally, the mesothorax, metathorax, Abd. I, and Abd. V. There is purple also along the sides of the head. Abd. VI is a dark orange-brown.

Locality: Monkey Flat, Hollyford Valley, under stones, 2,100 ft.

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Type: Slide 3/858, Dominion Museum Collection.