Androconia rallusa Wang, Chen & Wu

Wang, Mingqiang, Chen, Fuqiang, Zhu, Chaodong & Wu, Chunsheng, 2017, Two new genera and three new species of Epipaschiinae Meyrick from China (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae), ZooKeys 722, pp. 87-99 : 92-93

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Androconia rallusa Wang, Chen & Wu

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Androconia rallusa Wang, Chen & Wu sp. n. Figs 3-4, 9, 12, 16-17, 20-21

Differential diagnosis.

The species is similar to An. morulusa Wang, Chen & Wu, sp. n. in external characters. However, An. morulusa Wang, Chen & Wu, sp. n. has darker wings than An. rallusa Wang, Chen & Wu, sp. n. In the male genitalia, the juxta of An. rallusa Wang, Chen & Wu, sp. n. is thinner than An. morulusa Wang, Chen & Wu, sp. n.


Adult. Forewing length 9.0-12.0 mm (n=7). Male. Head yellow mixed with fuscous scales; first and second segment of labial palpus with yellow scales; third segment of female slender, and with black scales, approximately 1/3 length of whole labial palpus; third segment of male short; antenna pale yellow scales. Thorax mixed with yellow and small number of fuscous scales. Forewing yellow mixed with fuscous scales; base covered with yellow scales, base 1/3 and 2/3 of costa with a black spot respectively; antemedial line black, indistinct; two black spots located at basal and terminal of cell, respectively. Central area suffused with pale yellow mixed brown; an androconium presents on the discocellular; postmedial line thin, waved, black with yellow edges, outer area covered with yellow scales; cilia mixed with yellow and fuscous. Hindwing paler than forewing and more or less reddish, postmedial line waved. Female. Similar with male, but forewing with less fuscous scales and androconium absent, hindwing redder.

Male genitalia. Uncus slender, densely suffused with setae at lateral apex. Gnathos with slender lateral arms, apex hooked. Valva slender, costa lightly sclerotized; sacculus swollen and warped in base. Juxta nearly same width form base to apex, apex bifurcated. Phallus slender.

Female genitalia. Ovipositor narrow and pointed at apex, covered with dense setae. Apophysis anterior nearly as same length as apophysis posterior. Antrum membranous. Ductus bursae membranous, slightly shorter than corpus bursae. Ductus seminalis relatively narrow, arising from basal corpus bursae. Corpus bursae nearly elliptic, with two signa, tongue-shaped.


♂, Xizang: Medog, 1005 m, 15.VIII.2015, Wang Mingqiang, gen. slide. no. Ep537 (IZCAS).


Fujian: Wuyishan, Guadun, 1200 m, 1♂, 12.VIII.1979, Song Shimei, gen. slide. no. Ep701 (IZCAS). Xizang: Medog, Beibeng, 870 m, 1♀, 17.VIII.2006, Chen Fuqiang, gen. slide. no. Ep702 (IZCAS); Medog, Beibeng, 799 m, 3♀♀, 19.VIII.2015, Wang Mingqiang, gen. slide. no. Ep669, Ep684, Ep689 (IZCAS).


China (Fujian, Xizang).


The specific name is derived from the Latin “rallus” (= thin) in accordance with the thin antemedial line.