Mniotype adusta poltavskyi Volynkin, Matov & Behounek

Volynkin, Anton V., Matov, Alexei Yu., Behounek, Gottfried & Han, Hui-Lin, 2014, A review of the Palaearctic Mniotype adusta (Esper, 1790) species-group with description of a new species and six new subspecies (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), Zootaxa 3796 (1), pp. 1-32: 6-7

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Mniotype adusta poltavskyi Volynkin, Matov & Behounek

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Mniotype adusta poltavskyi Volynkin, Matov & Behounek  , ssp. n.

( Figs 17, 18View FIGURES 11 – 20, 61, 62View FIGURES 57 – 62, 102View FIGURES 97 – 104)

Type material. Holotype: male, [19] 63, Armenia, Sevan district, Semyonovka vill., fields, 1500 m. Slide AV0732 Volynkin (Coll. SZMN). Paratypes. 2 male, 1 female, with the same data as the holotype (Coll. SZMN); 1 male, 1 female, [ Russia], Karachaevo-Cherkessia, KGPBZ, upper course of B. Adzhara river, Kvata pass vicinity, 2300 m, alp. meadows, at light “Petromax”, 11.vii. 2006, V. Shchurov (Coll. ZISP); 1 male, [ Russia, North Osetia], Star. Lars, at light, low course of Tagaurka river, 20.v. 1922, M. Rjabov (Coll. ZISP); 2 females, [ Russia, North Osetia] North Osetinsky Reserve, Tsej canyon, Buron, 14-18.viii. [19] 81, A. Kondratjev, ex coll. A.V. Nekrasov (Coll. ZISP); 1 male, [ Russia, Kabardino-Balkaria], KB ASSR, Terskol, 21.vii. 1971, B.A. Barsov (Coll. ZISP); 1 male, [ Russia], Daghestan, Agvali, vill. Tsumada, 1800 m, 23–27.viii. [19] 81, A. Bershtein, Gen. N 416, ex coll.

A.V. Nekrasov (Coll. ZISP); 1 male, 2 females, [ Georgia, Abkhazia], Sukhumi, 2.viii. 1945, 1951, 16.vii. 1955, E. Miljanovskij (Coll. ZISP); 1 male, [ Georgia], Lagodechi, [18] 80, Mlok [Mlokosevich] (Coll. ZISP); 1 male, [ Georgia], Lagodekhi, 2400 [m], 14.vii. 1959, [E. Miljanovskij] (Coll. ZISP); 1 female, [ Georgia], Borshom, 20.vii. 1896, [unknown collector] Coll. Gr. Prince Nikolaj Mikhajlovich (Coll. ZISP); 1 female, [ Georgia], Tskhro-Tskharo [Mt.], 8000 ft., [19] 16, I. Filipjev (Coll. ZISP); 1 male, 3 females, [ Armenia], Gedzhanan, forest, 8000 ft., 14–19.vii. 1939, [M. Rjabov] (Coll. ZISP); 1 male, Armenia, Dzhermuk, [19] 95, M. Kalashan, ex coll. A.V. Nekrasov (Coll. ZISP); 5 males, 5 females, [ Armenia], Mal. Kavkaz, Janshakh, Kel’bodsh, 2000 m, 5.vii. 1965, Effendi, ex coll. A.A. Bundel (Coll. ZISP); 1 female, [ Azerbaijan], Kussari, [18] 84, Leder (Coll. ZISP); 1 female, [ Azerbaijan, Nakhichevan], Sultanbek, 21.vii. 1936 [M. Rjabov] (Coll. ZISP); 1 male, Azerbaijan, Greater Caucasus, Kakh District, Ilisu, [19] 69. I. Degtyaryov, ex coll. A.V. Nekrasov (Coll. ZISP); 1 female, Russia, North Osetia, N Caucasus,Tsei, 15–30.vii. 1989, A. Belyanov (Coll. PGM); 3 males, USSR, ChIASSR, Kezenoy-am, 2000 m, 4– 1990, Á. Uherkovich, L. Ábrahám, T. S. Korolj (Coll. PGM); 1 female, Armenia, Khosrov, 10– 2003, 1600–2500 m, M. Danilevsky (Coll. PGM); 2 females, Georgia, Mingrelia, Labarde Montes Egrinsskij, Cauc. centr., 1800–2000 m, 23–26.vii. 1990, K. Gaskó (Coll. PGM).

Slides AV0732 Volynkin, 0 296 Matov (males), 0 298 Matov (female).

Other material examined: 9 females, [ Russia, Karachaevo-Cherkessia], fl. et loc. Teberda, 4200 ft., 6.vii- 9.viii. 1912, S. Tschetwerikow (Coll. ZISP); 1 male, [ Russia], North Osetia, Tsejsk. ushch. [Tsej canyon], 13.viii. 1931, at light, M. Rjabov (Coll. ZISP); 1 male, [ Russia, North Osetia], SO ASSR, Alagirskij district, Tsej, 7.viii. 1976, A.N. Poltavskij (Coll. ZISP); 1 female, [ Georgia], Caucasus, Ritsa, 20.vii. [19] 70, E. Miljanovskij (Coll. ZISP); 1 male, [ Georgia], Lagodekhi, 7.viii. 1956 [E. Miljanovskij] (Coll. ZISP).

Note. Turkish specimens ( Fig. 19View FIGURES 11 – 20) are externally more close to M. adusta adusta  than to M. adusta poltavskyi  and have male genitalia ( Fig. 65View FIGURES 63 – 68) without notable differences from the nominotypical subspecies. The correct establishing of subspecific belonging of Turkish populations needs the examination of extensive material from various areas of Turkey.

Diagnosis. The new subspecies differs clearly from the nominotypical race by broader forewings and welldefined contrast pattern.

Description. External morphology ( Figs 17, 18View FIGURES 11 – 20). Wingspan 35–46 mm. Head, thorax and abdomen dark brown or blackish. Forewing relatively broad. Ground colour of forewing reddish brown in males and blackish brown in females. Pattern well-defined, contrast. Crosslines thin, double. Submarginal line pale, thin, strongly dentate. Marginal line present as a series of black dots between the veins. Basal dash short, thin, black. Claviform dark brown or blackish, with thin black border; medial fascia thin, black. Medial area shadowed around claviform and medial fascia and in the cell also. Terminal area dark brown or blackish brown. Subterminal area inwards from the submarginal line with dark brown or blackish cuneate streaks between the veins. Cilia dark brown. Hindwing paler in males, brownish grey, discal spot diffuse, semilunar. Cilia pale grey. Male genitalia ( Figs 61, 62View FIGURES 57 – 62): show no significant differences from M. adusta adusta  . Female genitalia ( Fig. 102View FIGURES 97 – 104): have a somewhat broader ostium bursae and a somewhat longer and slightly more curved ductus bursae in comparison with those of the nominotypical subspecies.

Distribution. Caucasus, Transcaucasia.

Etymology. The subspecies name is dedicated to Dr. Alexander Poltavsky, a well-known expert on Caucasian Noctuidae  .


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