Coleophora hypomona ( Falkovitsh, 1979 )

Tabell, Jukka, Mutanen, Marko & Sihvonen, Pasi, 2018, Descriptions of five morphologically and genetically confirmed new species of the Coleophora poecilella Walsingham, 1907 species group (Lepidoptera, Coleophoridae) from the Palearctic Region, Zootaxa 4429 (2), pp. 331-347: 346-347

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Coleophora hypomona ( Falkovitsh, 1979 )


Coleophora hypomona ( Falkovitsh, 1979) 

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Material examined. 2 ♂ (GP 5153 J. Tabell, DNA sample 21964 Lepid Phyl) SW Kazakhstan, 43°07´12´´N 54°11´27´´E, Akkuduk vill[age]. 20 km N, 80 m, Karynzharyk sands, Tynyshtyk, 14.IV.2013, K. Nupponen leg.

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Abdominal structures. Latero-posterior bar half as long as of latero-anterior one. Transverse bar straight, proximal edge sclerotized only medially, distal edge thick, medially strongly constricted. Tergal sclerite 5x longer than wide, covered with 20–25 conical spines (on T3).

Male genitalia. Gnathos knob transversely oval. Tegumen conical, pedunculus short. Transtilla wedge-shaped. Cucullus conical, stubby, broad, apically and dorsally sclerotized. Costa slightly concave, not bulged. Valvula narrow, 2x higher than wide, covered with bristles, outer margin medially concave, ventral margin distinctly delineated. Sacculus narrow, not extended beyond apex of cucullus; ventral margin curved, slightly concave, terminating in elongate blunt protuberance, apex with few small nodules; dorsal margin slightly concave, horizontal. Phallotheca conical, well sclerotized tube. Vesica partly well sclerotized, about five cornuti grouped into a thorn-like bundle.

Remarks. Coleophora hypomona  was described from Uzbekistan and the description is based exclusively on female specimens ( Falkovitsh 1979). The male adult has been unknown until now. The identification of male specimens in this study is based on forewing coloration (white with indistinct stripes), which is unique in the C. poecilella  species group.