Mniotype lama etugen 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: 4-5

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Mniotype lama etugen Volynkin, Matov & Behounek

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

( Figs 7–10View FIGURES 1 – 10, 55, 56View FIGURES 51 – 56, 99View FIGURES 97 – 104)

Type material. Holotype. male, 26.v. 2011, W Mongolia, Hovd aimak, near Erdene-Buren somon, 1400 m, Yakovlev R.V. leg. Slide AV0666 Volynkin (Coll. ZISP). Paratypes: 9 males, 7 females, with the same data as the holotype (Colls AVB, BBT and ZISP); 2 males, 1 female, 09– 2011, W Mongolia, Hovd aimak, Bulgan-gol basin, Bayan-Gol river valley, Arshantyn-Nuruu Range, Ulyastajn-Sala river, 1900 m, 46 ° 21 ’N; 91 °08’E. Yakovlev R.V. leg. (Coll. AVB); 12 males, 9 females, 30–31.v. 2011, SW Mongolia, Govi-Altai aimak, Mongolian Altai Mts (S slope), Mogoijn-Gol valley, 1800 m, 45 ° 39 ’N, 93 ° 47 ’E. Yakovlev R.V. leg. (Colls AVB, ZISP); 1 male, 2011, SW Mongolia, Hovd aimak, Bodonchijn-Gol basin, Hundijn-Gol riv. valley, 1600 m, 46 °06’N, 92 ° 30 ’E. Yakovlev R.V. leg. (Coll. AVB); 2 males, 3 females, 03– 2011, SW Mongolia, Govi-Altai aimak, Adzh-Bogdo Mts (NE slope), near Khalba-Khairkhan Mt., 1700 m, 45 °03’N; 94 ° 59 ’E. Yakovlev R.V. leg. (Colls AVB, BBT); 1 male, 15–16.vii. 2010, W Mongolia, Govi-Altai aimak, Hara-Adzragyn-Nuruu Mts, Najtvaryn-Sajr river valley (under stream), h= 1700–2000 m, 45 º 52 ‘ N, 95 º 30 ‘ E, Yakovlev R.V. & Guskova E.V. leg. (Coll. AVB); 1 male, 1 female, 28.v.– 1989, Tuva, 28 km W of Erzin vill., Ongalaan Ridge, 1100–1300 m, Zinchenko V. leg. (Coll. SZMN).

Slides AV0444, AV0667, AV0669, AV0670, AV0671, AV0676, AV0677, AV0678, AV0679, AV0740 Volynkin (males), AV0672, AV0673, AV0674, AV0675 Volynkin (females).

Diagnosis. The new subspecies differs from the other subspecies of M. lama  in the greyish brown with reddish suffusion or brownish-ochreous ground colour.

Description. External morphology ( Figs 7–10View FIGURES 1 – 10). Wingspan 35–42 mm. Head, thorax and abdomen greyish brown or ochreous brown. Ground colour of forewing varies from greyish brown or ochreous brown to reddish brown. Crosslines thin, double. Submarginal line pale, thin, dentate. Marginal line present as a series of black dots between the veins. Basal dash short, thin, black. Claviform dark brown or reddish brown, with thin black border; medial fascia thin, black. Medial area shadowed around claviform and medial fascia and in the cell also. Terminal area dark, greyish brown. Cilia greyish brown. Hindwing pale, greyish brown, discal spot diffuse, semilunar. Cilia pale greyish brown. Male genitalia ( Figs 55, 56View FIGURES 51 – 56): very close to those of other three subspecies and differ from M. l. lama  in the somewhat narrower juxta; from M. l. kortka  in the more rounded cucullus, narrower juxta and less dentate ventral margin of digitus; and from M. l. ayubaevorum  in the somewhat larger carina. Female genitalia ( Fig. 99View FIGURES 97 – 104): differ from M. l. lama  ( Fig. 97View FIGURES 97 – 104) in the somewhat broader ductus bursae and from M. l. kortka  ( Fig. 98View FIGURES 97 – 104) in the somewhat narrower antrum, narrower and less curved ductus bursae; the female fenitalia of a new subspecies have no diagnostic features relative to M. l. ayubaevorum  .

Distribution. Central Asian. West Mongolia and south of Tyva Republic (South Siberia).

Etymology. Etugen is the goddess of the earth in Mongolian mythology.


Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences


Siberian Zoological Museum