Armatophallus hackeri, Bidzilya, Oleksiy V., 2015

Bidzilya, Oleksiy V., 2015, Armatophallus gen. n., a new genus of gelechiid moths (Lepidoptera, Gelechiidae) from the Afrotropical and Oriental regions, Zootaxa 3981 (3), pp. 413-429: 427-428

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Armatophallus hackeri

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A. hackeri  , sp. n.

( Figs. 13, 14View FIGURES 11 – 16, 24View FIGURES 23 – 25, 31View FIGURES 31 – 32)

Material examined. Holotype ♂, Yem en, 13 33 / 43 49, Ta'izz, Vill. Lagius, 750 m, 18.11. 1996 (Hacker) (gen. slide 191 / 12, O. Bidzilya). Paratypes: 5 ♀, same data as holotype (gen. slide 172 / 12; 558 / 14, O. Bidzilya) (MFN); 1 ♂, Yemen Arab Republic, Prov. Hadramaut, 15 °04' 73 "N, 48 ° 41 ' 97 "E, Abdaliah Garib Plateau: 63 km wnw Mukalla, 1335m, 2.v. 1998 (Bischof, Bittermann, Fibiger, Peks, Schreier) (gen. slide 6067) (coll. G. Derra); 2 ♀, Ethiopia, Prov. Gamogofa, 8 km N Turni, 9.v. 2008, 990 m, (Hacker, Schreier) (gen. slide 526 / 14, O. Bidzilya) (coll. G. Derra).

Description. Adult ( Figs. 13, 14View FIGURES 11 – 16). Wingspan 13.8–14.0 mm. Head: Dark yellow, frons whitish, segment 2 of labial palpus slightly broader and about as long as segment 3, both segments light brown, with a few black scales at base, antenna in male slightly thicker than antenna in female, scape brown, other antennal segments brown with whitish rings at base. Thorax: Dorsum and tegulae light brown, mottled with black; forewing light brown, costal margin irregularly mottled with black, with small black spot near base and big spot at ¾ length, diffuse black pattern of irregular shape near base, two black dots in the middle of wing, small black dot in the corner of the cell, whitish diffuse spot at ¾ on costal margin, cilia grey brown-tipped; hindwing and cilia grey. Abdomen: Male genitalia ( Fig. 24View FIGURES 23 – 25) with uncus short, rounded, covered with strong setae; gnathos very long, weakly curved, narrowed in distal ¼, apex pointed; valva moderately broad, exceeding tip of uncus setae, with triangular tooth in middle of ventral margin; sacculus broad at base, distal portion very narrow, slightly shorter than one-half length of valva; vincular lobes divided distally into two short processes of even width, anteromedial incision deep, moderately broad; saccus short, broadly rounded; phallus swollen at base, distal portion narrow, apex weakly broadened, with one transversal and one down-curved arms. Female genitalia ( Fig. 31View FIGURES 31 – 32) with segment VIII subrectangular, slightly longer than broad, evenly sclerotized, posterior margin straight, anterior margin strongly sclerotized with paired triangular projections; apophyses posteriores very long and narrow, apophyses anteriores narrow, straight, slightly longer than segment VIII; antrum broad, rounded, with sclerotized plate inside, ductus bursae of even width except for distal portion that is narrow, densely covered with fine spines, with gradual transition to corpus bursae that is of same width as ductus bursae; signum absent.

Biology. Adults occur in mid-November and early May at elevations of 700–1400 m.

Distribution. Yemen, Ethiopia.

Remarks. A. hackeri  can be recognized externally by the comparatively light forewing with a well expressed brown dot at 2 / 3 length of the costal margin. The male genitalia are most similar to those of A. indicus  , but can easily be separated by the shorter valva with a bigger tooth on the inner margin, the shorter lateral projection on the posterior margin of the vinculum, broader anteromedial incision, the apex of the phallus bears two arms rather than one and others details. The female is similar to that of A. indicus  but differs in the anterior margin of segment VIII that bears triangular projections, and the longer ductus bursae with the narrow distal portion.

Etymology. The new species is named in honor of Hermann Hacker (Bad Steffelstein, Germany), the collector of the type series.