Alucita spicifera (Meyrick, 1911)

Ustjuzhanin, Peter, Kovtunovich, Vasily, Safian, Szabolcs, Maicher, Vincent & Tropek, Robert, 2018, A newly discovered biodiversity hotspot of many-plumed moths in the Mount Cameroon area: first report on species diversity, with description of nine new species (Lepidoptera, Alucitidae), ZooKeys 777, pp. 119-139: 119

publication ID

http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.777.24729

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:B3FA0CD5-7213-4EA0-8A85-FA17DDBC3032

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/5102B1A3-0352-4960-4B56-8BCD29D7BA29

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scientific name

Alucita spicifera (Meyrick, 1911)
status

 

* Alucita spicifera (Meyrick, 1911) 

Orneodes spicifera  Meyrick, 1911: 221. Type locality: Pretoria, Republic of South Africa. Holotype: male, TMSA, examined by the authors.

Material examined.

PlanteCam, 1 male, ( NECJU), 11-18.XII.2014, 4 males, (CUK, NECJU), 09-14.IV.2015; Elephant Camp, 7 males, (CUK, NECJU), 19-24.XI.2014, V. Maicher, Sz. Sáfián, Š. Janeček, R. Tropek.

Diagnosis.

In the male genitalia, the species is close to the Palaearctic species of Alucita  . In particular, in its crown-shaped uncus, narrow membranous valves and long anellus arms, the species is similar to A. cinnerethella  (Amsel, 1935), known from Iran, Turkey and Israel. However, it is distinctive in the shorter phallus, in the widened, almost round apex of the gnathos, and also in the wing colour.

Distribution.

Republic of South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Cameroon.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Lepidoptera

Family

Alucitidae

Genus

Alucita