Alucita iringiensis Ustjuzhanin & Kovtunovich

Ustjuzhanin, Pеtеr, Kovtunovich, Vasiliy & Ustjuzhanina, Anna, 2018, New species of many-plumed moths (Lepidoptera: Alucitidae) from Tanzania, Zootaxa 4438 (1), pp. 167-175: 171-172

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4438.1.9

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:9CC566BF-8C1B-4E4D-A401-F870CF7EED21

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/82050424-FFB8-1259-EFFB-FF0FFE70AFA8

treatment provided by

Plazi

scientific name

Alucita iringiensis Ustjuzhanin & Kovtunovich
status

sp. nov.

5. Alucita iringiensis Ustjuzhanin & Kovtunovich  sp. nov.

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Diagnosis. In the external characters, A. iringiensis  is close to A. capensis Felder & Rogenhofer, 1877  , but these species differ in the female genital structure. In the new species, the bursa has no signa, it is elongated and narrow, and the antrum length is shorter than width, while in A. capensis  , the bursa copulatrix is oval with signa, the antrum is elongated, its length noticeably longer then width.

Description. Adult. Head and tegula with pale grey scales. Antenna brown. Labial palpus pale grey, straight, 3 times longer than longitudinal eye diameter, third segment separated, tapered to apex. Wingspan 14 mm. Fore and hind wing mottled, pale grey, with two wide brown streaks in distal and medial area. Small spot of scales on apex of each lobe of both wings. Hind leg pale yellow, interspersed with brown scales.

Female genitalia. Papilla analis narrow, elongated. Anterior and posterior apophyses thin, straight, equal in length. Antrum wide, goblet-shaped, its length shorter than width. Ductus long, narrow, densely interspersed with tiny spikes. Bursa copulatrix narrow, elongated, 1,5 times longer than ductus. Signa absent.

Type material. Holotype: female, Tanzania, Iringa Reg, Makete Distr. : Kiitulo Plateau N. 2700 m, 29.xi– 1.xii.2005, L. Aarvik, M. Fibiger, A. Kingston ( NHMO 2900View Materials). 

Etymology. Toponymic name.

Distribution. Tanzania.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Lepidoptera

Family

Alucitidae

Genus

Alucita