Mniotype lama kortka 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: 4

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Mniotype lama kortka Volynkin, Matov & Behounek

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Mniotype lama kortka Volynkin, Matov & Behounek  , ssp. n.

( Figs 4–6View FIGURES 1 – 10, 53, 54View FIGURES 51 – 56, 98View FIGURES 97 – 104)

Type material. Holotype: male, Kazakhstan, Prov. Almaty, Zailiskiy Alatau, 1700 m, 15 km S of Issyk, Issyk Lake, N 43 º 14 ', E077º 28 ', 30.v. 2006, leg. Balázs Benedek. Slide AV 1121 Volynkin (Coll. BBT). Paratypes: 1 male, 2 females, same data as holotype (Coll. BBT); 2 males, Kazakhstan, Prov. Almaty, Elsyn-Buryik mt, 12 km SE of Karasaz, near Tuz Kol, 2100 m, N 43 º00', E079º 56 ', 29.v. 2006, leg. Balázs Benedek (Coll. BBT).

Slides AV 1118, AV 1119 Volynkin (males), AV 1122 Volynkin (female).

Diagnosis. The new subspecies is close to M. lama lama  ( Figs 1–3View FIGURES 1 – 10), but differs externally in the dark brown colouration of the body, much darker and more concolorous brown ground colour of the forewings with darker subbasal and subterminal areas, and the somewhat darker hindwings ( Figs 4–6View FIGURES 1 – 10). The females of the new subspecies are smaller and have somewhat shorter and broader forewings than females of M. lama lama  .

Description. External morphology ( Figs 4–6View FIGURES 1 – 10). Wingspan 35–37 mm. Head, thorax and abdomen dark brown. Ground colour of forewing dark brown. Crosslines thin, double. Submarginal line pale, whitish ochreous, thin, strongly dentate. Marginal line present as a series of black wedge-like dots between the veins. Basal dash short, thin, black. Claviform short, dark brown, with thin black border; medial fascia thin, black. Medial area strongly shadowed around claviform and between reniform and orbicular stigmata. Terminal area dark brown. Cilia dark brown. Hindwing brown, discal spot diffuse, semilunar. Cilia greyish brown. Male genitalia ( Figs 53, 54View FIGURES 51 – 56): very close to those of the nominotypical subspecies ( Figs 51, 52View FIGURES 51 – 56) and differ only in the more angular cucullus and more dentate ventral margin of the digitus. Female genitalia ( Fig. 98View FIGURES 97 – 104): differ from those of M. lama lama  ( Fig. 97View FIGURES 97 – 104) in the shorter apophyses anteriores, broader antrum, broader and more curved ductus bursae and smaller conical projection of the corpus bursae.

Distribution. Central Asian. Northeast Tien Shan massif (Southeast Kazakhstan).

Etymology. Kortka is a female character in the great Kazakh people's epic "Koblandy-batyr".