Nothris sabulosella Rebel, 1935

Karsholt, Ole & Šumpich, Jan, 2015, A review of the genus Nothris Hübner, 1825, with description of new species (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), Zootaxa 4059 (3), pp. 471-498: 488-489

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Nothris sabulosella Rebel, 1935


Nothris sabulosella Rebel, 1935 

( Figs 23–26View FIGURES 19 – 26, 80– 89View FIGURES 76 – 89)

Nothris sabulosella Rebel, 1935: 41  .

Type material examined. Lectotype ♂, ‘Asia min.c. | Anatolia c. Aksehir | 16–30 IX 34 1200 m’ | ‘ Nothris sabulosella Rbl.  Type ♂’ | ‘ Paralectotype ♂ Nothris sabulosella Rebel  teste K. Sattler, 1970 ’ | ‘Mus. Vind. Gen. Präp. 3857 ♀’ ( NHMWAbout NHMW) | LECTOTYPE ♂ Nothris sabulosella Rebel  teste O. Karsholt & J. Šumpich 2015 [red label]; ♂, ‘Asia min.c. | Anatolia c. Aksehir | 16–30 IX 34 1200 m’ | ‘ Nothris sabulosella Rbl.  Holotype ♂’ | ‘ Nothris sabulosella Rbl.  Type ♂’ | ‘ 503 ’ | ‘coll. Osthelder’ | ‘K. Sattler 433 a’ ( ZSMAbout ZSM); ♂, ‘Asia min.c. | Anatolia c. Aksehir | 1–15 X 34 1200 m’ | ‘ Nothris sabulosella Rbl. Cotype  ♂’ | ‘ Nothris sabulosella Rbl.  Type ♂’ | ‘ 504 ’ | ‘coll. Osthelder’ ( ZSMAbout ZSM).

Other material studied. Turkey. Anatolia, Kizilcahamam, 1 ♂, 4–14.ix. 1967, leg. M. & W. Glaser, gen. prep. Šumpich 15033 ( NHMWAbout NHMW); Kurdistan, Van, 2000 m, 1 ♂, 22–27.viii. 1935, leg. Osthelder, gen. prep. Šumpich 15032 ( NHMWAbout NHMW); Erzurum, Kop Geçidi, 1750 m, 2 ♂, 15–16.ix. 1993, leg. M. Fibiger ( ZMUCAbout ZMUC); Kars, 3 km E Karakut, 1450 m, 21 ♂, 12.ix. 1993, leg. M. Fibiger & F. Schepler, gen. prep. Šumpich 15034 ( ZMUCAbout ZMUC); Kayseri, 8 km SE Pinarbaşi, 1400 m, 3 ♂, 23–26.ix. 1993, leg. F. Schepler, gen. prep. Karsholt 5277 ( ZMUCAbout ZMUC); Sivas, 20 km S Gürün, 1700 m, 1 ♂, 15.ix. 1985, leg. M. Fibiger & A. Moeberg ( ZMUCAbout ZMUC); Sivas, 24 km E Zara, 1750 m, 2 ♂, 20.ix. 1993, leg. F. Schepler, genitalia slide Karsholt 5261 ( ZMUCAbout ZMUC); Sivas, 5 km W Gürün, 1500 m, 2 ♂, 21.ix. 1993, leg. F. Schepler, gen. prep. Šumpich 15035 ( ZMUCAbout ZMUC).

Description. Adult ( Figs 23–26View FIGURES 19 – 26). Wingspan 29-36 mm. Segment 2 of labial palpus black, lighter grey on upper and inner surfaces; segment 3 dirty white mottled with darker scales. Antenna ringed with black and light greybrown; ciliae almost as long as breath of flagellum. Head and tegula grey; thorax as forewing. Forewing with rounded apex; dark grey-brown mottled with lighter scales; rather indistinct black spots in fold and at ½ and 2 / 3 in middle of wing and along termen; cilia dark grey. Hindwing grey.

Variation. The black spots in middle of the forewing and along termen can be more or less distinct (most distinct in light or worn specimens). Sometimes the black spot at ½ and the spots along termen in the forewing are obsolete.

Male genitalia ( Figs 80–89View FIGURES 76 – 89). Valva very narrow, in basal half with two conspicuous bulges, densely covered with long setae. Sacculus comparatively short, apex slightly deflected laterally and covered with several spines (mostly less than twenty). Uncus comparatively broad, markedly broadened apically. Gnathos long, curved, pointed terminally. Saccus comparatively long and narrow, rounded. Vinculum well developed. Phallus very narrow and comparatively long, terminated by a short flagellum. Coecum very slender and long, two laminae present in the bulbus ejaculatorius.

Female genitalia. Unknown.

Differential diagnosis. Very similar to N. sulcella  . For differences see under that species. In the male genitalia the apex of uncus is more distinctly broadened, the valva bears two conspicuous bulges on its ventral edge, the coecum is narrower and longer, phallus about 20 % longer, saccus narrower, vinculum more sharply terminated and the sacculus with smaller number of spines, in most cases 12–16.

Distribution. Turkey.

Bionomics. Early stages and host plant unknown. Adults have been collected from late August to early October at altitudes between 1200 m and 2000 m.

Remarks. N. sabulosella  was described from several males collected in the second half of September at 1200 m altitude at Akşehir in central Turkey. It was compared with N. sulcella  , but stated to be larger and having much lighter and less concolorous forewings. That was probably because Rebel (1935) compared it with specimens of N. skyvai  sp. n. which he had published as N. sulcella ( Rebel, 1904)  . We were able to examine the three type specimens of N. sabulosella  listed above. The genitalia slides of two of them are probably lost; the third male was designated by K. Sattler as paralectotype, but not published. This specimen is designated as lectotype in the present paper. Two further syntypes of N. sabulosella  belong to N. radiata  and are listed in detail under that species.


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Nothris sabulosella Rebel, 1935

Karsholt, Ole & Šumpich, Jan 2015


Nothris sabulosella

Rebel 1935: 41