Mecothrix aegyptiaca cana Hacker, 2012

László, Gyula M. & Vetina, Alvaro A., 2019, Contribution to the knowledge of the Nolini of the Maputo Special Reserve in South Mozambique with description of two new species and several taxonomic updates (Lepidoptera, Nolidae, Nolinae), Zootaxa 4571 (2), pp. 225-246: 229

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https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4571.2.3

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http://treatment.plazi.org/id/A64C87CD-AD23-FFFE-FF73-AF83B15A108F

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scientific name

Mecothrix aegyptiaca cana Hacker, 2012
status

 

Mecothrix aegyptiaca cana Hacker, 2012   stat. n.

( Figs 11, 12 View FIGURES 1–16 , 50 View FIGURES 44–52 , 70 View FIGURES 67–75 )

Nola (Mecothrix) cana Hacker, 2012   , Esperiana 17: 158. Type locality: Mozambique, Magude. Holotype female in coll. ZSM.

Material examined: Mozambique, Maputo Special Reserve. GoogleMaps   1 ♂, 2 ♀, 9m, Mangrove Camp, Mangrove- Woodland Mosaic   GoogleMaps , 26°19'35.9"S, 32°42'35.7"E, 7–9.XII.2016, Light Trap, Aristophanous, M., Cristovao, J., Laszlo, G., Miles, W. leg., slide Nos: LGNA 322 ♂, LGNA 308   ♀, LGNA 321   ♀; 1 ♀, 22m, West Gate, Sand Forest , 26°30'14.2"S, 32°42'59.6"E, 3–13.XII.2016, Light Trap, Aristophanous, M., Cristovao, J., Laszlo, G., Miles, W. leg., slide No.: LGNA 318 GoogleMaps   ♀; 1 ♂, 22m, West Gate, Sand Thicket , 26°30'14.2"S, 32°42'59.6"E, 3–13.XII.2016, Light Trap, Aristophanous, M., Cristovao, J., Laszlo, G., Miles, W. leg., slide No.: LGNA 423 GoogleMaps   ♂; 1 ♀, 22m, West Gate, Sand Thicket , 26°30'14.2"S, 32°42'59.6"E, 21–30.XI.2016, Light Trap, Aristophanous, M., Cristovao, J., Laszlo, G., Miles, W. leg., slide No.: LGNA 319 GoogleMaps   ♀; 2 ♂, 2 ♀, 22m, West Gate, Sand Forest , 26°30'14.2"S, 32°42'59.6"E, 21–22.ii.2018, Actinic Light Trap, Laszlo, G., Mulvaney, J., Smith, L. leg., slide Nos: LGNA 435 GoogleMaps   ♂, LGNA 436   ♂, LGNA 424   ♀, LGNA 431   ♀; 1 ♂, 1 ♀, 22m, West Gate, Sand Forest , 26°30'14.2"S, 32°42'59.6"E, 13–15.ii.2018, MV GoogleMaps   Light Trap, Laszlo, G., Mulvaney , J., Smith, L. leg., slide Nos: LGNA 425   ♂, LGNA 426   ♀; 3 ♂, 1 ♀, 17m, Futi Corridor ( Sand Forest Woodland Mosaic), 26°32'10.1"S, 32°43'09.7"E, 23–24.ii.2018, Actinic Light Trap, Laszlo, G., Mulvaney, J., Smith, L. leg., slide Nos: LGNA 427 GoogleMaps   ♂, LGNA 428   ♂, LGNA 429   ♂, LGNA 430   ♀; 1 ♀, 17m, Futi Corridor ( Sand Forest Woodland Mosaic) 26°32'10.1"S, 32°43'09.7"E, 23–24.ii.2018, MV GoogleMaps   Light Trap, Laszlo, G., Mulvaney , J., Smith, L. leg., slide No   .: 437♀; 1 ♂, 1 ♀, 22m, West Gate, Sand Thicket , 26°30'14.2"S, 32°42'59.6"E, 24–25.ii.2018, Actinic Light Trap, Laszlo, G., Mulvaney, J., Smith, L. leg., slide Nos: LGNA 433 GoogleMaps   ♀, LGNA 438   ♂; 1 ♂, 22m, Maputo Special Reserve, West Gate, Sand Thicket , 26°30'14.2"S, 32°42'59.6"E, 9–17.ii.2018, Actinic Light Trap, Laszlo, G., Mulvaney, J., Smith, L. leg., slide No.: LGNA 439 GoogleMaps   ♂ (coll. ANHRT, MHNM).

Remark. M. cana   was originally described as a distinct species. The detailed comparison of specimens collected in South Mozambique and Egypt revealed no significant differences in the configuration of genitalia, however the Southern African specimens are uniformly paler, having graphite greyish forewing ground colour, while the North African ones are much darker, with dark brownish forewing ground colour. The species might have had in the past a continuous distribution in Eastern Africa along the coast of Red Sea and Indian Ocean, later it had probably been splitted into morphologically slightly different populations ( M. aegyptiaca sahelica Hacker, 2012   in the Sahel and Tanzania, and M. aegyptiaca bischoffi Hacker, 2012   in Yemen). Separating the southernmost population on species rank is not justified based on these minor morphological differences, so cana   has herewith been placed within the species aegyptiaca   as valid subspecies.

MV

University of Montana Museum

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Lepidoptera

Family

Nolidae

Genus

Mecothrix

Loc

Mecothrix aegyptiaca cana Hacker, 2012

László, Gyula M. & Vetina, Alvaro A. 2019
2019
Loc

Nola (Mecothrix) cana

Hacker 2012
2012